Since 1996 New Books in German is at the side of German publishing, supporting us in licensing our authors to English language publishersFriederike Barakat, Leitung Rechte und Lizenzen, Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Being selected by our expert juries provides further evidence of a book’s suitability for the English language market.
Guaranteed financial assistance
The books selected by our juries and recommended on our website are guaranteed financial support for translation if bought by an English language publisher
Visibility, impact and outreach
Boost the chances of your book being picked up by an English language publisher, though increased visibility on our website and social media
Who can submit a book?
Austrian, German, and Swiss publishers or agents submit up to three books for consideration by our juries. Submissions open twice a year – in late October for recommendations which we publish in advance of the London Book Fair and in late April for the recommendations which we publish in advance of the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Submissions for Spring 2021 are open! Publishers we have worked with before should have received an email from us. If you didn’t get an email and are interested in knowing more about how to submit a book, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always happy to hear from new publishers.
Submissions take place electronically, with the submission of a manuscript (it does not need to be final) as well as a short form explaining why you are submitting the book to New Books in German and why you think it might succeed internationally.
We regret we cannot accept books from authors themselves, the submission needs to be via a publishing house or agent.
What sort of book should we submit?
We welcome fiction and non-fiction titles, although we are unable to guarantee funding for non-fiction titles by Austrian authors, so please don’t submit these.
Although you will see some great children’s and young adult books recommended on the site, we are not currently accepting applications in this area.
All the titles selected by our juries are guaranteed support for their translation into English if the rights are bought by an English language publisher.
Translator and member of our UK jury Jamie Bulloch contemplates what might give a book international appeal in this thought-provoking article here.
You can also see which of the books submitted to New Books in German in the last five years have gone on to be translated into English here.
When I consider translations from Germany or elsewhere, I look for books that have stood out, that have won acclaim, that tell a good story and convey something distinctive about the culture or the history or what’s going on in the worldCal Barksdale
Executive Editor, Arcade Publishing
Editorial Director, Fiction and Literary Nonfiction
How are books selected?
As you would expect, the selection process for books is entirely independent. Every book submitted is considered at a first jury meeting. The jury has the support of four book assessors, experienced literary translators who research each book. The books which make it through this first step are sent out to translators, academics, editors, or agents for review. Our reviewers have a well-developed understanding of the market.
Once the reviews are in, our juries convene in the UK and US. The US jury considers fiction from Germany only. At these meetings, we make the final selection of books that we will recommend on our website.
“As someone who studied German at university, it’s a particular thrill to read a manuscript in that language (sometimes resorting to the dictionary!) and then publish the author. Bringing books from around the world to American readers, who have been historically underserved with translations, is both a pleasure and a privilege.”Peter Blackstock, Grove Atlantic
Is there a cost?
There is no cost for submission. If a book is selected for recommendation on the site, we ask the publisher for a nominal contribution towards our running costs. Such contributions total about a fifth of our annual income.
To find out more, or to receive a notification when submissions open submit a book, please get in touch email@example.com.
You can also join our mailing list, please indicate that you are a German language publisher / agent when signing up.
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