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Nature Writing

German Prize for Nature Writing 2017 goes to Marion Poschmann


Vilm, 22.04.2017 In 2017, the publisher Matthes & Seitz Berlin endows for the first time the 10.000 € Prize for Nature Writing, which will be awarded to a selected German writer each year. Part of the prize is a six-week writing residence on the Isle of Vilm at the International Academy for Nature Conservation, endowed by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. During the residence on Vilm the award winner will use the inspiring nature and beauty of the Island for his or her work and will perform public readings on the Isle of Vilm and on Rügen Island.


Award winner 2017 is the author Marion Poschmann, who already received numerous awards for her prose and poetry. The award ceremony took place on 11 April 2017 at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.


The literary tradition honoured with the award is a type of prose or poetry focussing on animate and inanimate nature. While Nature Writing is firmly established in English-speaking countries since the 18th and 19th century, it started to establish in the German-speaking countries in the course of nature descriptions in the Romantic era with increasing popularity today.

The German Prize for Nature Writing contributes to the establishment of Nature writing in Germany and helps to draw attention to the topics Nature and Nature Conservation.