Peter Härtling Prize

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The Peter Härtling Prize is a competition prize for children's and young people's literature that was donated by the city of Weinheim in 1984 . It is awarded every two years with the support of the Beltz & Gelberg publishing house and was endowed with 5,555 euros; since 2013 the endowment has been 3,000 euros.

The independent jury, to which the namesake Peter Härtling belonged, selects an unpublished prose manuscript for children and adolescents from 10 to 15 years of age, which is “telling, entertaining, poetic and imaginative based on the reality of the children or adolescents.” Beltz & Gelberg also offers to publish the book. In more than 30 years, the award has been given to a male author only four times.

Award winners

Jury statement: “Divorce and blended families are normal today, it is also normal that you have to come to terms with it. 15-year-old Charlotte experiences and tells an apparently everyday story: the separation of her parents and their first great love. The lightness of their narrative style, beyond all clichés, is captivating, as are the far-reaching images that the reader must remember. Gabi Kreslehner describes her extremely lively and realistic figures with humor, at the same time agile and vivid. "

Jury statement: "If everyone is lying - how far do you get with the truth? Matti, who gradually sees through the small and big lies of his parents, tries to repair the damage done, uses the same means and outdoes his parents in no time ... Salah Naoura tells one with laconicity and a close look at the German-Finnish soul surprising summer story full of warmth and humor. The real miracle of this novel is that Matti and his parents get out of their fuss so unscathed. A strong family can take strong stories. "

  • 2013 (endowed with 3,000 euros): Nataly Savina: Love Alice

Jury statement: “Love Alice is a brave and skilfully choreographed manuscript. The author spares her characters as little as she does the readers. The friendship of the girls, who long for affection and closeness and want to come out of the paralysis of their loneliness, is described as intense and exhilarating. But adults cannot be relied on, and their needs even cause catastrophe. The jury was deeply impressed by how the author lets all the protagonists with their longings and entanglements, their defiance and fears become vivid. "

  • 2015 (endowed with 3,000 euros): Regina Dürig: I'd rather not

Jury statement: “Regina Dürig's manuscript› Actually I would rather not ‹captivates with its artistic language and careful narration. By depicting an unforgettable figure with Leo, Regina Dürig, who appears like a lack of ties that has become a person, avoids analyzing this figure and thus leaves the reader's imagination free. With the narrator Jonna, the reader asks what story Leo is carrying around with him. One is attracted to its apparent independence or frightened by its eerie strangeness. The author cleverly plays with world literary motifs and always finds a completely independent narrative. "

  • 2017 (endowed with 3,000 euros): Andrea Badey and Claudia Kühn : Electricity on the wallpaper

Jury statement: “The authors Andrea Badey and Claudia Kühn describe a journey to the end of the world, which in this novel lies in the Oderbruch. Stylish, funny and at the same time very serious, they guide their characters through the small and large disasters of this road movie, through near-accidents and fights with aged village Casanovas, through excesses and moments of silence. Can that go well? 'Here we both sit, our hands are on top of each other,' says Ron Robert, the narrator, once in a respite: 'And there the snowflakes, the street, the night. The other world is out there. Our world is here. ' It's going well, in every way, in this fast-paced, present-drunk and surprisingly affectionate youth novel. "

  • 2019 (endowed with 3,000 euros): Antje Herden : No more halves

Jury statement: “Antje Herden masterfully and extremely credibly tells how a boy gets lost in a parallel world in search of a real life. Fortunately, this narrative avoids any pedagogical zeal. She takes her protagonists seriously and at the same time confronts them with a clear attitude that grows out of the story. Extremely nuanced and consistently told from the point of view of Robin, who never loses his self-irony, Antje Herden leads the reader through a real life - with a brilliantly designed, brilliant ending that turns everything upside down. "

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  1. Peter Härtling Prize 2013 is endowed with 3,000 euros
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  4. ^ Peter Härtling Prize 2013 for Nataly Savina
  5. ^ Peter Härtling Prize 2015 for Regina Dürig
  6. ↑ The 2017 Peter Härtling Prize goes to Andrea Badey and Claudia Kühn ,, September 30, 2016, accessed on October 1, 2016
  7. Härtling Prize for Antje Herden ,, published and accessed on September 18, 2018