Chatting with Luther. 2017 German-Writing Competition

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Shutterstock/Elena Dijour/Two Chairs in the Tuilleries

Following on from the success of the last three years’ competitions, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the IMLR are again joining forces to launch the 4th writing competition for all learners and lovers of German.

This year, the task ties in with the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of his 95 theses that sparked the Reformation. Competitors are asked to put themselves in the shoes of a time-travelling spy, and overhear a conversation between Luther or one of his German, Austrian or Swiss contemporaries (real or imagined) and a figure from public life in 2017 Britain. Is the German-speaking 16th-century time traveller debating Brexit with Boris Johnson or comparing sporting skills with Andy Murray? Does Jamie Oliver attempt to revolutionise the cooking skills of Reformation Germany? There are only two rules: the dialogue must be written in German, and it must not be longer than 350 words.

The competition is open to students at secondary schools, sixth-formers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone else who feels up to the challenge! Submissions are welcome from single authors and from pairs of contributors, and must be submitted online. The online portal to submit dialogue contributions will be open from 6 October. For any queries in the meantime, please contact Vanessa at Huebner@daad.org.uk

Prizes include the opportunity to take part in a workshop with translation and theatre practitioners, VIP guided tours through exhibitions in London, and books. The prize-giving ceremony will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, in London. 

Further information
Online portal for submission for entries
Closing date:  Monday, 23 October 2017

The competition is organised by the DAAD London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and the Goethe Institute London, and is supported by the German and the Swiss Embassies in London and the Austrian Cultural Forum.