The prizes each pay tribute to an important contemporary work from the literatures of Central and Eastern Europe and its outstanding translation into German. The Literature and Translator Prize is endowed with a total of 20,000 euros and the Theatre Prize with a total of 10,000 euros. This is divided between the author and his or her German-speaking translator.
The Nobel Prize winner for literature, Herta Müller, is once again the prize’s patron. The cooperation partners are the BHF BANK Foundation, the Goethe Institute, the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and the Deutsches Theater Berlin.
This year's award will go to the Russian author Maria Stepanova and her translator Olga Radetzkaja for Nach dem Gedächtnis (Suhrkamp Verlag 2018). Zdrava Kamenova and Alexander Sitzmann receive the Brücke Berlin theatre prize. The prizes will be awarded on September 24 at the Deutsches Theater Berlin.
German translations of contemporary works from the literatures of Central and Eastern Europe will be taken into account which were first published in book form between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020 or, in the case of the drama, first performed in German. The winners will be selected by an independent jury. The award ceremony will take place on 24 September 2020 at the Deutsches Theater Berlin, accompanied by an event by the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin on issues of current literature in Central and Eastern Europe.