The Endings where Cultures Meet - New DAAD/IMLR Writing Competition

Monday 17 October 2016

The DAAD and the IMLR are looking for story-tellers willing to spin a yarn about migration – in German.

Following on from the success of the 2014 poetry competition organised in conjunction with the British Museum’s ‘Germany – Memories of a Nation’ exhibition, and the translation competition based on Annett Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag in 2015, the IMLR and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are again joining forces to mount the third writing challenge for all learners and lovers of German.

This time, the task is to write a story. Two German-speaking authors, Ulrike Ulrich and Anja Tuckermann, have provided beginnings of stories of migration. Now it’s the competitors’ turn to take one of these beginnings and to continue spinning the yarn. There are only two rules: the ending must be no more than 250 words and must be written in German.

Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex, one of the co-organisers, says: ‘You are free to develop your text in any direction you choose: to write a story of flight or refuge, of identities and self-images, of encounters or new beginnings … . Your story can be set in the past, the present or the future -  and in any geographical setting you wish. The judges –  among them the writers themselves – look forward to being inspired by your texts!’

As in previous years, the competition is open to secondary school students, sixth-formers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anyone else who feels up to the challenge. Submissions must be entered online and the competition closes on 6 January 2017.  

Prizes, including a writing workshop with one or both of the authors and books, will be awarded to winners and runners-ups in each group at a prize-giving event at Senate House on 1 March 2017. This will be a chance to listen to the winners’ as well as to the authors’ own story endings.

The competition is organised by the DAAD London, the IMLR,  and the Goethe Institut, London. It is supported by the German and Swiss Embassies in London and sponsored by the magazine Deutsch Perfekt.

Further details / Competition Entry Form