2017 Berlin Writing Prize
Saturday 15 April 2017 to Monday 31 July 2017

Until the closing date of 31 July 2017, the team at The Reader Berlin invites submissions from both published and unpublished writers resident anywhere in the world on the theme ”Home is Elsewhere”. 


The competition winner will receive a one-month residency at The Circus Hotel, Berlin. In addition, we are delighted to offer the winner a free place as a delegate at the British Council Literature Seminar 2018 in Berlin, due to take place over three days during the residency (date tbc). 

The seminar, in its 33rd year, offers students, academics, publishers, translators, journalists and literature fans the chance to hear the latest writing from the UK and engage with the writers and their work at first hand. Over the years, the list of writers taking part has included Ian McEwan, A S Byatt, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson and David Nicholls…as well as Berlin Writing Prize judge Irenosen Okojie. In 2017, the live stream of the seminar was watched in 72 countries. 

Competition Details

  • Theme: Home is Elsewhere
  • Genre: Prose fiction and non-fiction
  • Length: Max. 3000 words, excluding title
  • Entry Fee: 9 euros, via Paypal, submission via email to competition@thereaderberlin.com (see submission guidelines)
  • Closes: Midnight 31 July
  • Results will be announced on 1 October 2017
  • Residency Dates: 22 January to 18 February 2018 

UK Judges 

All submissions will be read by The Reader team, who will compile a longlist to be read by our panel of five judges including: 

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager and author of Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish, which won a Betty Trask award. Her work has been featured in The Observer,The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post. Hailed by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine, she is one of London’s most exciting new authors and participated in the British Council Literature Seminar 2017

Paul Scraton

Paul Scraton is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Born in Lancashire, he moved to the German capital in 2001 where he has lived ever since. He is the editor-in-chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along the German Baltic Coast (Influx Press, 2017). 

Michael Salu

Michael Salu is a writer, award-winning creative director, critic and artist. His fiction, non-fiction and art have appeared in a range of publications including Tales of Two Cities, Freeman’s Journal and Catapult.co. Salu runs a multi-disciplinary creative consultancy [SALU.io] He is currently finishing a collection of stories and working on two film projects. He is the former creative director of Granta Publications.