We are happy to introduce the following jury members for Germany:

Lena Falkenhagen, writer and narrative designer, President of the jury

Doris Plöschberger, editorial director (Suhrkamp Verlag)

Christoph Schröder, literary critic

Klaus Kowalke, bookseller


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Lena Falkenhagen

Lena is a German fiction writer and narrative designer for computer games. She's also the national chairperson of the Association of German Authors (Verband deutscher Schriftstellerinnen und Schriftsteller (VS in ver.di)) and co-founder of Phantastik-Autoren-Netzwerk (PAN) e.V. She was a member of the PAN board for 4 years and in this capacity, she co-founded the Netzwerk Autorenrechte (Network Author’s Rights) in 2016 with, among others, Nina George and Eva Leipprand. The Network joins nine (now 13) authors' associations for political purposes. Since November 2019, Lena is a member of the administrative board of VG Wort (writer’s collecting society).

Doris Plöschberger

Doris Plöschberger was born in Judenburg (Austria). She studied German Literature and Philosophy and is currently editorial director for German Literature at the Suhrkamp publishing house in Berlin.

Christoph Schröder

Christoph Schröder, born in 1973, studied literature, lives in Frankfurt/Main and works as a literary critik for Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk and other media.

Klaus Kowalke

Born in 1967 in Helmstedt/Niedersachsen, Klaus Kowalke is a Philosopher, Historian and Bookseller. He was awarded “Best Bookshop in Germany 2018” by the Federal Government Comissioner for Culture and the Media (Federal Government).