German Non-Fiction Prize 2021: Call for submissions

German Non-Fiction Prize 2021: Call for submissions

Seeking non-fiction book of the year: Until 20 November 2020 publishers can submit their titles for the German Non-Fiction Prize 2021 at

The prize is awarded by the Stiftung Buchkultur und Leseförderung des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels (Foundation for Book Culture and the Promotion of Reading of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) to honour outstanding non-fiction books written in German that inspire social debate. After the 2020 prize year was prematurely cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, the prize will now be awarded for the first time in 2021.

Submission criteria

Publishers may submit two German-language monographs each from their current or planned programme and may recommend up to five additional titles. These titles must be published between May 2020 and April 2021 and be available in bookstores no later than 20 April, when the nominations will be announced. Publishers can subsequently submit advance reading copies, e-books and galleys through 5 February 2021. To participate, publishers must be members of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels or of the Swiss or Austrian equivalents, the Schweizer Buchhändler- und Verleger-Verband and the Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels, at the time of nomination.

The criteria for the award are the relevance of the topic, narrative power of the text, its presentation in non-technical language and the quality of the research. Publications may be from any subject area and field of knowledge. It should be possible to make a connection between the texts and the present.

You find further information in the submission forms of the German Non-Fiction Prize 2021

More about the German Non-Fiction-Prize


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[Translate to Englisch:] Deutsche Bank Stiftung

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