About the Award

The Internationaler Literaturpreis has been awarded annually since 2009 by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Stiftung Elementarteilchen. The award of €35,000 (€20,000 for the author and €15,000 for the translator) honors an outstanding work of contemporary international literature that has been translated into German for the first time. For their shortlist nomination, all other authors and translators receive €1000 each.

Publishers that produce German translations of international fiction can submit their books for the award. In a multi-stage process, an independent jury will first create a shortlist of six titles from all entries and, in a second stage, choose the award winners.

Once the shortlist is announced the current program for the year will be available at hkw.de/literaturpreis.


Please reach out to us with questions or ideas about the Internationaler Literaturpreis:

Internationaler Literaturpreis – Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin