About Treffen junger Autor*innen

The Treffen junger Autor*innen is aimed at 11 to 21-year-old authors who express their themes and perspectives in their own word and in any literary genre.

We are looking for texts in any literary genre – verse, drama, short story or experimental narrative. Up to 10 poems can be submitted or 5 pages of prose. It is announced every year, the deadline for submissions closes on 15 July.

The national contest, which was founded in 1986, offers the winners the opportunity to exchange views and liaise with each other, but also with other established writers, former participants of the meeting and editors. In daily workshops on prose, poetry and scenic writing they write together and practice criticism. In personal editor talks the final fine tuning is made to the award-winning texts, which appear collected in an anthology. The anthology is given to all applicants of a year.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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The Selection

A jury of nine members, which is made up of writers and journalists, chooses about 20 young authors that they consider exemplary and outstanding based on the manuscripts that are submitted in a process involving several stages. The prize is an invitation to the Treffen junger Autoren. A further 20 writers receive book tokens for their texts. What is decisive for the selection is, among other things, how creatively the stories are told and the imagery is constructed as well as how the mood and atmosphere are expressed.

The prizewinners’ reading

All prizewinners read an excerpt from their texts in front of an audience in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. During rehearsals for the reading event, they will be advised and supported on how to present their texts by writers from the jury.

The Treffen

The Treffen junger Autor*innen is the first opportunity for some of the participants to meet and exchange ideas with other young writers. To ensure that this succeeds in the best way possible within the short space of five days, a Campus for the participants offers workshops in the different literary genres of poetry, prose and drama alongside cross-genre writing experiments. In discussions, the focus is on different aspects of writing. Editorial talks with the writers on the jury prepare the prize-winning texts for publication in the anthology.
Young writers may find out where the path of writing may lead to from former participants who remain in touch with and who visit the Treffen. New work by former prizewinners is presented in the Perspektiven series. The Forum of the Treffen junger Autor*innen is aimed at teachers and disseminators. It provides practice-orientated further training in literary writing and an exchange platform for colleagues.