About Treffen junger Autor*innen

Treffen junger Autor*innen

15 – 19 November 2018

The Treffen junger Autor*innen is recognised as a literary forum, a place where encounters and exchanges take place among young people. Young authors are able at eye-level, and with well-known writers, former participants and publishers. Young writing talent is taken seriously on a professional level in the form of discussions, readings, text workshops and publication in the annual anthology.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The contest

This national contest was founded in 1986 and is aimed at 11 to 21-year-old authors. It is announced every year and is open to different themes and styles. Up to 10 poems can be submitted or 5 pages of prose. The deadline for submissions closes every year on 15 July.

The selection

A jury of nine members, which is made up of writers and journalists, chooses 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 Autor*innen. A further 20 writers receive book tokens for their texts.

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

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.