2022 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar Winner

Sabrina Železný is the recipient of the 2022 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar (Fantasy Award of the City of Wetzlar) for her novel Kondorkinder: Das Spiegelbuch und die verlorenen Geschichten published by Art Script Fantasy.

The prize has been awarded since 1984 and is worth € 4,000.

The eleven-member jury, consisting of representatives from the book trade, publishing, library, school, university and media, selected the winning novel from over 100 submitted titles. They explained their choice in the following statement:

The cultural anthropologist and old Americanist Železný takes us in two storylines to peru in the 17th and 21st centuries – and thus to the time of the Spanish conquest and into the present, in which the consequences of this former occupation are still noticeable. At the center of the novel is a magical book that is specially made to record the oral stories and curses the one who mocks it. Two women from different centuries go in search of the lost stories to fill the empty book with what threatens to disappear from the highlands: stories of angry mountain gods and mythical creatures between humans and animals, but also of violent conquest, greed for gold, discrimination, disenfranchisement, even of the attempted extermination of entire groups. Both only prove to be worthy collectors when they also find ways to pass on the stories, as songs to the sound of charango or as lyrics for modern pop songs.

Železný writes full of sympathy for the indigenous population. She succeeds in a loving approach without appropriation. The story, which is fairytale-like and magically knitted by the author, shows us in an exciting and vivid way how important collectively shared myths are for the common identity. Železný’s passion for Peru speaks from every chapter and takes us into a world that is foreign to many of us in an opulent reading experience. You follow her on stony paths up to wild plateaus, you sit with her in the rumbling bus from Lima to Cajamarca or walk on the secret paths of the south wind at the side of a magical alpaca. ‘Kondorkinder’ is an exciting book that appeals to young people and adults alike. And despite all the magic it contains, it is also a political book with the message: Learn to understand each other better, tell each other what you find important in life.

As for why Wetzlar, a town of 52,000 people in Hessen, has its own fantasy award — Wetzlar is home to the Phantastische Bibliothek-Wetzlar (Fantasy Library Wetzlar), which has the largest publicly accessible SFF collection in the world. The aim of the library is to collect everything in print which belongs to the categories of science fiction, fantasy, literature, classical fantasy, horror, utopian novels, fantastic journey and adventure novels, fairy tales, saga, myths, etc. At the moment the library is in possession of 150,000 titles. 

2022 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar Shortlist

The shortlist for 2022 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar (Fantasy Award of the City of Wetzlar) has been announced.

The prize has been awarded since 1984 and is worth € 4,000.

  • Pantopia by Theresa Hannig (Fischer Tor)
  • Athos 2643 by Nils Westerboer (Hobbit Presse Klett-Cotta)
  •  Kondorkinder by Sabrina Železný (Art Script Fantasy),

As for why Wetzlar, a town of 52,000 people in Hessen, has its own fantasy award — Wetzlar is home to the Phantastische Bibliothek-Wetzlar (Fantasy Library Wetzlar), which has the largest publicly accessible SFF collection in the world. The aim of the library is to collect everything in print which belongs to the categories of science fiction, fantasy, literature, classical fantasy, horror, utopian novels, fantastic journey and adventure novels, fairy tales, saga, myths, etc. At the moment the library is in possession of 150,000 titles. 

2021 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar Winner

Katharina Köller is the recipient of the 2021 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar (Fantasy Award of the City of Wetzlar) for her novel Was ich im Wasser sah [What I Saw in the Water] published by Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt.

A ten-member expert jury consisting of representatives from the book trade, publishing, library, school, university and media selected Köller’s debut novel from over 100 submitted titles.

The prize, worth € 4,000, has been given since 1984 by the town of Wetzlar, which is home to the Phantastische Bibliothek-Wetzlar (Fantasy Library Wetzlar), with the largest publicly accessible SFF collection in the world. The aim of the library is to collect everything in print which belongs to: science fiction, fantasy, literature, classical fantasy, horror, utopian novels, fantastic journey and adventure novels, fairy tales, saga, myths, etc. At the moment the library is in possession of 150,000 titles. 

The Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar has also announced the winner of its award for children’s picture books, the Huckepack Bilderbuchpreis 2021. The Huckepack jury unanimously selected Ein eiskalter Fisch  [An ice cold fish] from a total of 444 picture books as this year’s winner:

  • Frauke Angel (Text) & Elisabeth Kihßl (Illustration): Ein eiskalter Fisch. Innsbruck/Wien: Tyrolia, 2020

 [Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

2021 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar Longlist

The longlist for another German fantasy award, the 2021 Phantastikpreis der Stadt Wetzlar (Fantasy Award of the City of Wetzlar) has been announced: has been announced.

The prize has been awarded since 1984 and is worth € 4,000.

As for why Wetzlar, a town of 52,000 people in Hessen, has its own fantasy award — Wetzlar is home to the Phantastische Bibliothek-Wetzlar (Fantasy Library Wetzlar), which has the largest publicly accessible SFF collection in the world. The aim of the library is to collect everything in print which belongs to: science fiction, fantasy, literature, classical fantasy, horror, utopian novels, fantastic journey and adventure novels, fairy tales, saga, myths, etc. At the moment the library is in possession of 150,000 titles. 

The books on the 2021 longlist are:

  • Raphaela Edelbauer: Dave (Klett-Cotta)
  • Andreas Eschbach: Eines Menschen Flügel (Lübbe)
  • Katharina J. Ferner: Der Anbeginn (Limbus Verlag)
  • Anne Freytag: Aus schwarzem Wasser (dtv bold)
  • Theresa Hannig: König und Meister (Edition Roter Drache)
  • Sameena Jehanzeb: Was Preema nicht weiß (Selbstverlag)
  • Katharina Köller: Was ich im Wasser sah (Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt)
  • Michael Marrak: Anima ex Machina (edition mono/monochrom)
  • Ursula Poznanski: Cryptos (Loewe)
  • Peter Schwindt: Das Buch des Wisperns (Fischer Sauerländer)

The Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar also has an award for children’s picture books, the Huckepack Bilderbuchpreis 2021, and has announced the finalists. These are all genres of picture books, not just sff.

  • Sydney Smith: Unsichtbar in der großen Stadt. Aus dem Englischen von Bernadette Ott. Stuttgart: Aladin, 2020
  • Jan de Kinder: Keine Angst, großer Wolf. Aus dem Niederländischen von Eva Schweikart. Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Sauerländer, 2020
  • Davina Bell (Text) & Allison Colpoys (Illustration): Alfie und der Clownfisch. Aus dem Englischen von Salah Naoura. Berlin: Insel, 2020
  • Simon Philip (Text) & Kate Hindley (Illustration): Hier kommt Harry! Aus dem Englischen von Uwe-Michael Gutzschhahn. Hildesheim: Gerstenberg, 2020
  • Barroux: Mein Papa, der Alleskönner. Aus dem Französischen von Andreas Illmann. Berlin: Schaltzeit, 2020
  • Chris Naylor-Ballesteros: Der Koffer. Aus dem Englischen von Uwe[1]Michael Gutzschhahn. Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer Sauerländer, 2020
  • Frauke Angel (Text) & Elisabeth Kihßl (Illustration): Ein eiskalter Fisch. Innsbruck/Wien: Tyrolia, 2020
  • Sandra Niebuhr-Siebert (Text) & Lars Baus (Illustration): Mina entdeckt eine neue Welt. Hamburg: Carlsen, 2020  
  • Marla Frazee: Kleiner Streuner. Aus dem Amerikanischen von Ebi Naumann. Stuttgart: Aladin, 2020
  • Jessica Love: Julian ist eine Meerjungfrau. Aus dem Englischen von Tatjana Kröll. München: Knesebeck, 2020
  • Hans-Christian Schmidt (Text) & Andreas Német (Illustration): Eine Wiese für alle. Leipzig: Klett Kinderbuch, 2020

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]