Ingeborg Bachmann Prize
The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize was founded in 1976 by the city of Klagenfurt in memory of the writer Ingeborg Bachmann and has been awarded annually since 1977 during the German-language Literature Days event, which lasts several days . It is considered one of the most important literary awards in the German-speaking world.
In 2020, the event was initially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic . However, several jury members protested against this decision, who argued that the competition should take place in an alternative form. ORF General Director Alexander Wrabetz then announced that he would be working on a digital version on the Internet. On May 28, 2020, the authors invited to the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2020 were announced.
In a three-day reading event, preselected applicants compete one after the other and present previously unpublished prose texts or excerpts for around 25 minutes. The original texts must be written in German. This procedure is intended to convince the audience in the hall and, in particular, the specialist jury in Klagenfurt of the quality of the texts presented. In this way, the winners of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize and other prizes awarded at the Days of German-Language Literature event are determined annually. In 2008 the jury was reduced from nine to seven members and the field of participants was reduced from eighteen to fourteen authors. The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize has been endowed with 25,000 euros since 2006 (previously: 22,500 euros). In 2010, prize money totaling 56,500 euros was awarded. The Deutschlandfunk Prize, endowed by Deutschlandradio and endowed with 12,500 euros , will be awarded from 2017 , with a total of 62,500 euros in prize money. Also in 2017, Deutschlandfunk broadcast the entire competition live on digital radio for the first time.
The journalist and book author Humbert Fink as well as the then director of the ORF regional studio in Carinthia , Ernst Willner , had the idea in the mid-1970s of launching a literary competition based on the model of Gruppe 47 in Klagenfurt , and were able to manage Marcel Reich- Win Ranicki as a member of the jury. This gave rise to the Days of German-Language Literature , which have been taking place in Klagenfurt every year in early summer since 1977.
The competition was initially shown in excerpts on television and has been broadcast live in full on 3sat's satellite program since 1989 . The financial involvement with the ORF and its desire for a format that is as TV-compatible as possible has led to tensions with more conservative actors at the event over the years, most recently in the 2008 reforms. Also the sudden departure of the event manager Michaela Monschein in autumn 2012 viewed critics in connection with a change that broadcasters wanted.
Exit considerations of the ORF
In 2013, the ORF considered leaving the competition from 2014 due to austerity measures. Since the broadcaster had to reduce its expenses by around 80 million euros, it could no longer afford the 750,000 euros for the literary competition (350,000 for the actual competition, another 400,000 including all ancillary costs). The announcement by ORF was seen as a threat to soften the austerity requirements imposed by Austrian politics on the broadcaster.
The literary critic Hubert Winkels (member of the jury), the former chairman of the ORF board of trustees, Siegbert Metelko, cultural councilor Wolfgang Waldner and the city of Klagenfurt then expressed protests. A takeover of the competition by the municipality ruled out the latter. Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann also spoke out in favor of preservation and declared: "The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize will continue to exist in the future".
On the last day of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2013, ORF General Director Alexander Wrabetz announced an agreement with the ORF State Director Karin Bernhard , the Governor of Carinthia Peter Kaiser and those responsible for the city of Klagenfurt on the continuation of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. The original request for a refund of fees remains, but missing funds are to be covered by sponsors.
The main prize of the competition was donated in memory of Ingeborg Bachmann , one of the most important Austrian writers, who is one of the most important authors in Group 47 and who has had a decisive influence on it. In addition, additional awards are given over the years:
- the Kelag Prize, which replaced the Prize of the State of Carinthia because Governor Jörg Haider refused to finance the prize because of criticism of his cultural policy (2000–2005 “Prize of the Jury”, 2006–2008 “Telekom Austria Prize”) with 10,000 euros)
- the 3sat Prize ( scholarship donated by 3sat , 7,500 euros)
- the Ernst Willner Prize (donated by numerous German-language publishers until 2013, 5,000 euros (until 2011: 7,000 euros)). Since 2014, the prize has been donated exclusively by the Klagenfurt bookstore Heyn and is called »Mr. Heyn's Ernst Willner Prize «.
- the audience award (awarded since 2002, awarded by BKS Bank as the BKS audience award since 2011 and endowed with 7,000 euros)
- the Deutschlandfunk Prize (awarded since 2017 and endowed with 12,500 euros by Deutschlandradio )
Since 1998, the State Prize for Literary Translation , the Translatio , which has existed since 1987, has also been awarded for the previous year as part of the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition, on the one hand for the translation of a work of contemporary Austrian literature into a foreign language and on the other hand for the translation a foreign-language work of contemporary literature into German. Both prizes are endowed with 10,000 euros each (as of 2019).
- 2020 : Helga Schubert : From getting up
2010 to 2019
- 2019 Birgit Birnbacher : The closet
- 2018 Tanja Maljartschuk : Frogs in the sea
- 2017 Ferdinand Schmalz : my favorite animal is winter
- 2016 Sharon Dodua Otoo : Mr. Gröttrup sits down
- 2015 Nora Gomringer : Research
- 2014 Tex Rubinowitz : We were never here
- 2013 Katja Petrowskaja : Maybe Esther
- 2012 Olga Martynova : I will say: 'Hi!'
- 2011 Maja Haderlap : In the boiler
- 2010 Peter Wawerzinek : Raven love
2000 to 2009
- 2009 Jens Petersen : Until death
- 2008 Tilman Rammstedt : The Emperor of China
2007 Lutz Seiler : Turksib
- Telekom Austria Prize: Thomas Stangl : Without a title without end
- 3sat Prize: PeterLicht : The story of my assessment at the beginning of the third millennium
- Ernst Willner Prize: Jan Böttcher : Freundwärts
- Audience award: PeterLicht : The story of my assessment at the beginning of the third millennium
- 2006 Kathrin Passig : You are here
- 2005 Thomas Lang : On the rope
- 2004 Uwe Tellkamp : Excerpt from the novel Sleep in the clocks
- 2003 Inka Parei : Excerpt from the novel What was darkness
- 2002 Peter Glaser : History of Nothing
- 2001 Michael Lentz : Mother death
2000 Georg Klein : Excerpt from a long prose text
- Jury Prize: Susanne Riedel : Knots (excerpt from a novel manuscript)
- Ernst Willner Prize: Andreas Maier : Diagnosis lesson
- 3sat Prize: Julia Franck : Nothing to me, nothing to you
- Scholarships from the independent platform for Carinthians interested in culture: David Wagner : Der Wasserschaden and Malin Schwerdtfeger : Fell und Federn
1990 to 1999
- 1999 Terézia Mora : The Ophelia Case
- 1998 Sibylle Lewitscharoff : PONG.
- 1997 Norbert Niemann : How to take it
- 1996 Jan Peter Bremer : The Prince speaks
- 1995 Franzobel : The Krautflut
- 1994 Reto Hänny : Guai
- 1993 Kurt Drawert : House without people. A condition
- 1992 Alissa Walser : Free
- 1991 Emine Sevgi Özdamar : Life is a caravanserai
1990 Birgit Vanderbeke : Eating mussels
- Prize of the Province of Carinthia: Franz Hodjak : The jacket
- Ernst Willner Prize: Ludwig Roman Fleischer : Rakontimer
- Publishers' grant: Ingeborg Harms : On the broad neck of a pond turtle
- Scholarship from the Carinthian Industry: Cornelia Manikowsky : A woman and a boy
- 3sat award: Pieke Biermann : The law of the eye
1980 to 1989
- 1989 Wolfgang Hilbig : A transmission
- 1988 Angela Krauss : The service
1987 Uwe Saeger : Without disabilities, without wrong movement
- Prize of the Province of Carinthia: Werner Fritsch : Cherubim II: Wenzel Heindl, DAS WERNERL
- Scholarship from the Carinthian Industry: Anna Langhoff : Four texts: The emergency butcher's knife in my chest , a thousand meter heartbeat , North Sea's Odysseus , the necessity
- Ernst Willner Scholarship: Irina Liebmann : Did you use the night?
- The authors awarded the literary promotion prize of the city of Dachau in equal parts to the Documentation Center of the Association of Jews Persecuted by the Nazi Regime in Vienna and to the Association of those persecuted by the Nazi regime
1986 Katja Lange-Müller : Kaspar Mauser - Cowardice in front of a friend
- Prize of the State of Carinthia: Ingrid Puganigg : The Maniefest
- Prize of the Federation of Industry: Jochen Beyse : The Monkey House
- Prize of the City of Wiesbaden: Zsuzsanna Gahse : Seven people
- Ernst Willner Scholarship: Daniel Grolle : Sieger and There's something down there , Arnulf Ploder : Earth gravity
- 1985 Hermann Burger : The Badgastein waterfall eclipse
- 1984 Erica Pedretti : The model and its painter
- 1983 Friederike Roth : From The Book of Life
- 1982 Jürg Amann : Rondo
- 1981 Urs Jaeggi : Ruth
- 1980 Sten Nadolny : Copenhagen 1801
1977 to 1979
- 1979 : Gert Hofmann , Die Fistelstimme
- 1978 : Ulrich Plenzdorf , no down, no far
- 1977 : Gert Jonke , first draft at the beginning of a very long story
In the early years, Ernst Willner led the show as a representative of the organizing ORF, who was also a full voting member of the jury. His successors on the ORF regular chair, Manfred Mixner (1984-85) and Roman Roček (1986), did the same . In 1987, through a change in the statutes, the organizer and jury were separated and Ernst Alexander Rauter became the moderating jury member without voting rights. Ernst Grissemann followed him in 1988 . who exercised the moderator's office without participating in the discussion. In 1997, Grissemann handed over the moderation to Ernst A. Grandits , who - after an interim year with Dieter Moor - was followed in 2009 by ORF cultural journalist Clarissa Stadler . Christian Ankowitsch has been the moderator since 2013 .
- The best. Klagenfurt texts. Selection of the read texts with excerpts from jury discussions and the reasons for the award, edited by the respective jury chairperson. Published annually, from 1977 to 1989 by List, since 1990 by Piper, Munich (except 2001: Jung und Jung).
- Iso Camartin (Ed.): The best. The winners from 25 years of the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition. Piper, Munich 2001, ISBN 3-492-04349-6 .
- Doris Moser: The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Stock exchange, show, event. Böhlau, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-205-77188-5 . ( Publisher review ( memento from September 27, 2007 in the Internet Archive ))
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- Days of German-Language Literature (Ingeborg Bachmann Prize) ( Memento from October 19, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
- The composition of the juries can be found in the annual articles of the award. See also the " Statutes of the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2013 ( Memento of August 7, 2013 in the Internet Archive )".
- ORF : Bachmann Prize 2010 with Carinthian author ; Retrieved May 27, 2010
- orf.at - authors of the Bachmann Prize 2017 presented . Article dated May 24, 2017, accessed May 25, 2017.
- orf.at - prizes and donors 2017 . Retrieved May 25, 2017.
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- Hubert Winkels: Volltext_Newsletter_26_3_20133_26_2013 Wanted: alive ( Memento from July 2, 2013 in the web archive archive.today ). In full text , June 21, 2013
- Marianne Fischer: Bachmann Prize: Looking for a solution together . Kleine Zeitung of June 23, 2013 ( online ( memento of September 26, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), June 23, 2013).
- Antonia Gössinger: Chancellor word for Bachmann Prize . Kleine Zeitung of June 29, 2013 ( online , accessed April 23, 2020).
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- Kleine Zeitung: The Bachmann Prize is Saved ( Memento from October 4, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), from July 7, 2013
- Austrian State Awards for Literary Translation for Cornelius Hell and Maja Badridse , buecher.at from June 25, 2019, accessed June 30, 2019
- orf.at: Birgit Birnbacher wins Bachmann Prize 2019 . Article dated June 30, 2019, accessed June 30, 2019.
- orf.at: Tanja Maljartschuk wins Bachmann Prize 2018 . Article dated July 8, 2018, accessed July 8, 2018.
- orf.at: Schmalz wins Bachmann Prize . Article dated July 9, 2017, accessed July 9, 2017.
- Bachmann Prize goes to Sharon Dodua Otoo at kaernten.orf.at, July 3, 2016 (accessed July 3, 2016).
- Bachmann Prize goes to Nora Gomringer at kaernten.orf.at, July 5, 2015 (accessed on July 5, 2015).
- Rubinowitz wins Bachmann Prize at kaernten.orf.at, July 6, 2014 (accessed on July 6, 2014).
- Petrowskaja wins Bachmann Prize at kaernten.orf.at, July 7, 2013 (accessed on July 7, 2013).
- Olga Martynova wins Bachmann Prize at kaernten.orf.at, July 8, 2012 (accessed July 8, 2012).
- Moser 2004, p. 176 f.