Leonhard Florian Seidl

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Leonhard Seidl (2013)

Leonhard F. Seidl (born May 16, 1976 in Munich ) is a German writer, editor, columnist, journalist and social worker and lecturer in creative writing.


Seidl grew up in Isen, Upper Bavaria, where his father Leonhard Michael Seidl , who also worked as a literary artist, still lives. After training as a nurse , he began studying social work in 1995 .

Seidl works as a social worker, lecturer in creative writing, journalist, biographer and freelance author. The anthology Stumme Schreie emerged in 2006 from the writing workshop “Described Leaves” in the Ebrach prison . His diploma thesis Described Leaves - Creative Writing with Delinquent Adolescents (2007) was awarded the City Mission Nuremberg Prize in cooperation with the Evangelical University of Nuremberg due to its special practical relevance . Seidl is also a columnist for the Wednesday literary series of the Fürther Nachrichten "Fürther Freiheit".

His short prose appears in various German, Austrian and Italian literary and satirical magazines (including Blumenfresser, Wortlaut, Eulenspiegel , Kulturelemente) and anthologies (including Landschaft mit Ufo , 2007). His short crime stories in anthologies ( Literarischer Krimi-Kalender ; Nürnberg auf die Kriminelle Tour , 2012) and daily newspapers ( Münchner Merkur , Donaukurier , Fürther Nachrichten ), his comments and essays in Münchner Merkur, Nürnberger Nachrichten and Fürther Nachrichten.

His reports, articles and comments appear in the Erlanger Nachrichten , Fürther Nachrichten , Nürnberger Nachrichten , the Bayerische Staatszeitung , Neues Deutschland and the taz . He also published a number of reports in the self publisher and text type - Magazine for Creative Writing.

From 2008 to 2017 he was Seidl of the literary competition of the Nuremberg culture shops, 2012 juror of the literary competition of the young voice eV on the subject of everyday racism. In addition, since December 2012 he has been the sponsor of “ School without Racism - School with Courage” at the Laurentius-Gymnasium Neuendettelsau and since May 2013 at the Josef Mayr Nusser Academy for Social Pedagogy in Erlangen. In 2013 he worked on the exhibition The victims of the NSU and the reappraisal of the crimes .

He made his novel debut in 2011 with the book Mutterkorn . It was u. a. the attack attempted by neo-Nazis on the laying of the foundation stone of the Jewish cultural center in Munich in 2003 is the subject of discussion The novel was nominated for the August Graf von Platen Prize . His detective novel Genagelt (2014) takes place in Isental in Upper Bavaria and deals with the Isental motorway, prejudice and corruption. His crime novel Fronten (2017) was inspired by a true case in Dorfen , Upper Bavaria , which happened in 1988. In July 2019, his novel Fronten was premiered by the Stadttheater Fürth . The work on his next novel was funded by the Literature Foundation.

Seidl counted in 2018 with Zoë Beck , Klaus Farin , Nina George , Michael Wildenhain , Sophie Sumburane u. a. on the first signatories of “Our answer for democracy and human rights” (“Answer 2018” for short), which was published on March 29, 2018 in response to a declaration written by Uwe Tellkamp and Vera Lengsfeld , among others . It says: "We show solidarity with all people who seek refuge from war, persecution and poverty in our country."

In 2018 he protested against what in his opinion was too mild a verdict against NSU supporter André E.

From 2007 to 2010 Seidl was deputy chairman of the Association of German Writers in ver.di (VS) in Middle Franconia. In 2018 he spoke out in favor of the incompatibility of AfD membership and membership in the Association of German Writers (VS) in ver.di. In January 2019, Seidl became chairman of VS Mittelfranken.

Seidl is a member of the PEN Center Germany , the authors ' group Wortwerk (with Christian Schloyer , Tobias Falberg and others) and the New Society for Literature Erlangen (with Fitzgerald Kusz , Nevfel Cumart , Ewald Arenz and others).

During the literary scholarship of the Medieval Crime Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber , Seidl turned to the mayor because souvenir shops had offered Reich war flags. The owners removed them after the police spoke to them.

Leonhard F. Seidl lives in Fürth .




  • Fronts . based on the novel of the same name. World premiere Stadttheater Fürth. 2019.


  • Kanndalupes island . A children's musical. Music by Andreas Rüsing , libretto Leonhard F. Seidl. World premiere in 2008 in Nuremberg



  • Silent screams. An anthology of the writing workshop "Described sheets" in the JVA-Ebrach . Engelsburger Verlag. Leipzig. 2006.
  • The Franconian Lake District crime scene . ars vivendi , Cadolzburg 2020.

Short stories


  • 2004: 1st prize short story competition "Pop goes Literature"
  • 2005: 2nd prize literary competition of the Nuremberg culture shops
  • 2005: Hans Lienhardt Literature Prize
  • 2007: 5th prize in the literature competition of Michael Müller Verlag under the pseudonym Arjuna Bhagavad
  • 2007: Scholarship holder of the “Bavarian Seminar for Politics e. V. “for politically active young writers
  • 2007: Sponsorship award from Stadtmission Nürnberg e. V. for the diploma thesis "Described sheets" - creative writing with delinquent youth
  • 2012: debut novel Mutterkorn nominated for the August Graf von Platen Prize
  • 2013: Literature Prize of the Book Fair in Ried
  • 2014/2015: Scholarship holder of the Bavarian Academy of Writing in the Literaturhaus Munich and the Sulzbach Rosenberg Literature Archive
  • 2015/16: Scholarship holder at the novel workshop of the literary forum in the Brecht-Haus (Berlin)
  • 2016: Writer in Residence at the Franz Edelmaier Residence for Literature and Human Rights in Merano
  • 2016: Scholarship holder "Network meeting writers" Literaturhaus Munich
  • 2017: Scholarship holder "Network meeting writers" Literaturhaus Munich
  • 2018: Scholarship holder "Network meeting writers" Literaturhaus Munich
  • 2018: Detective novel Fronten nominated for the August Graf von Platen Prize
  • 2018: Detective novel Fronten on the longlist of the Crime Cologne Award 2018
  • 2019: Scholarship Foundation Literature
  • 2020: Literature scholarship Medieval Crime Museum Rothenburg od T.
  • 2020: Scholarship Ventspilshouse, Latvia
  • 2020: Tower writer Abenberg
  • 2020: Austria National Park Media Grant 2020

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. When reality is too scary even for a crime writer . In: https://www.merkur.de/ . October 25, 2016 ( merkur.de [accessed March 4, 2018]).
  2. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl and his thrillers . In: donaukurier.de . ( donaukurier.de [accessed on March 4, 2018]).
  3. Leonhard F. Seidl: Look at the inner turmoil. August 22, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2019 .
  4. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl: Dreams. In: https://www.nordbayern.de/region/fuerth/traume-1.3752261?searched=true . Nürnberger Nachrichten, July 8, 2014, accessed December 5, 2019 .
  5. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl: The ghosts of the past (new Germany) . ( neue-deutschland.de [accessed on March 4, 2018]).
  6. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl: The instigators (new Germany) . ( neue-deutschland.de [accessed on March 4, 2018]).
  7. Leonhard Seidl: "And none of us said no". new germany, August 29, 2019, accessed on May 12, 2019 .
  8. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl: Consequences of a rampage 30 years ago: Hunting scenes from Upper Bavaria . In: The daily newspaper: taz . March 3, 2018, ISSN  0931-9085 ( taz.de [accessed March 4, 2018]).
  9. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl: In the borderland. In: https://taz.de/Erinnerung-an-die-Schoah/!5636882/ . taz Cooperative, November 13, 2019, accessed December 5, 2019 .
  10. Jan Rohlfs, jan.rohlfs@mr-homepages.de: Exhibition maker | opfer-des-nsu.de. In: Victims of the NSU. Retrieved March 4, 2018 .
  11. "The book is especially strong because it manages to combine the many cleverly placed socially and socially critical notes with the moving story." Mutterkorn: From the life of a young punk and his everyday life in Bavaria . Time online, February 23, 2013, accessed April 11, 2019.
  12. Fronts does not consolidate fronts. Does not acquit anyone, does not owe anyone. Shows what comes from where in society and where it is leading. ” When citizens of the Reich and gunmen shoot around . Die Welt, February 23, 2013, accessed April 11, 2019.
  13. stiftung2017: About us. In: foundation-literature. Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  14. foundation 2017: Current. In: foundation-literature. Retrieved March 22, 2019 .
  15. Klaus Farin, Zoë Beck, Nina George, Leonhard F. Seidl, Michael Wildenhain and others. a .: Answer 2018. In: https : // Answer2018.hirnkost.de/ . Klaus Farin, accessed April 22, 2018 .
  16. Tobias Lill: Demonstration after NSU judgments: grief, anger, shock . In: Spiegel Online . July 12, 2018 ( spiegel.de [accessed July 15, 2018]).
  17. ^ Leonhard F. Seidl: Words as a tool. In: taz.de. taz, May 18, 2018, accessed May 18, 2018 .
  18. ↑ New election in the Association of Writers in ver.di. Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  19. Peter Romir: Empty stomach, empty head. In: Nürnberger Nachrichten. Nordbayern.de, June 12, 2019, accessed on July 4, 2019 .
  20. Tobi Lang and Julia Ruhnau: Whirl around Reich war flags in Rothenburg kiosk. In: Nordbayern.de. Nordbayern.de, February 4, 2020, accessed on February 4, 2020 .
  21. ^ Stadttheater Fürth: Theater Fronten by Leonhard F. Seidl. In: https://www.stadttheater.de/stf/home.nsf/contentview/jugendclub . Stadttheater Fürth, accessed on December 5, 2019 .
  22. Crime scene Franconian Lake District. In: ars vivendi. Leonhard F. Seidl, accessed on May 20, 2020 .
  23. http://crime-cologne.eu/crime-cologne-award/longlist-die-nominieren/
  24. foundation 2017: Funding. In: foundation-literature. Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  25. Medieval Crime Museum Rothenburg odT: Current press reports on the literary grant of the Medieval Crime Museum : . In: https://www.kriminalmuseum.eu . Medieval Crime Museum, February 3, 2020, accessed on February 3, 2020 (German).
  26. ^ Claudia Linz: Scholarship for the 100th anniversary. In: https://www.pressreader.com/similar/282724818908987 . Press reader, January 30, 2020, accessed on February 3, 2020 (German).
  27. SRTM interneta lapa :: www.ventspilshouse.lv :: DE. Retrieved February 28, 2019 .
  28. ^ Abenberg tower scribe. Retrieved June 25, 2019 .
  29. Robert Gerner: Article Comments Card Leonhard F. Seidl becomes tower clerk in Abenberg. In: Schwabacher Tagblatt. Nordbayern.de, July 25, 2019, accessed on July 26, 2019 .
  30. Berit Seltmann: A tower clerk from Fürth. In: nordbayern.de. August 25, 2019, accessed December 5, 2019 .
  31. Austria National Park Media Grant 2020. In: Austria National Park. Austria National Parks, May 20, 2020, accessed on May 20, 2020 (German).