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German Non-Fiction Prize 2022: 130 publishers submit 205 titles

Publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland submit non-fiction titles / Tania Martini is appointed jury spokesperson / Awards ceremony to be held on 30 May 2022 at the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace)

130 German-language publishers have submitted a total of 205 titles to compete for the German Non-Fiction Prize 2022. 112 of these publishers are based in Germany, 11 in Austria and 7 in Switzerland.

Each publisher was allowed to submit a maximum of two monographs published or to be published between May 2021 and April 2022, when the nominations will be announced. In addition, each publisher could recommend up to five further titles from their own programme. This list of recommendations comprises 161 titles. The jury for the German Non-Fiction Prize may request additional titles from this list.

During their first joint meeting, the members of the jury appointed Tania Martini (die tageszeitung) as their spokesperson. The other members of the jury are: Stefan Koldehoff (Deutschlandfunk), Dr Klaus Kowalke (“Lessing & Kompanie” bookstore), Prof Dr Meron Mendel (Bildungsstätte Anne Frank – Anne Frank Educational Centre), Dr Jeanne Rubner (Bayerischer Rundfunk), Denis Scheck (ARD) and Prof. Dr Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin – Berlin Institute for Advanced Study).

The jury will select the winning title through a two-stage process. First, the jurors will compile a list of nominations comprising eight titles, which will be announced on 12 April 2022. From this selection, they will then choose the non-fiction book of the year. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss on 30 May 2022.

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) will award the prize, worth a total of 42,500 euros, to an outstanding non-fiction book written in German that inspires social debate. The winner will receive 25,000 euros, the seven other nominees 2,500 euros each. Last year, Jürgen Kaube won the prize for his non-fiction book “Hegels Welt” (“Hegel’s World”).

The Deutsche Bank Stiftung (Deutsche Bank Foundation) is the main sponsor of the prize, which is also supported by the Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (Foundation of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace).

Complete information about the prize is available at

The hashtag is #DSP22

Photos of the jury are available at

Frankfurt am Main, 11 January 2022


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