Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2020: Börsenverein seeks candidate

Citizens can submit proposals until 1 March 2020 / Prize winners to be announced in June 2020 / Award ceremony on 18 October 2020 in Frankfurt's Paulskirche

The public call for entries for the 2020 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade has begun: Citizens can now nominate candidates for the award. The closing date for submissions is 1 March. With the 25,000 euro prize, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels) has honoured every year since 1950 the work of a "personality who has made an outstanding contribution to the realisation of the idea of peace, primarily through his or her activities in the fields of literature, science or art".

In 2019 the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado was awarded the Peace Prize. He was proposed as a candidate by students of the Institute for Book Science at the University of Mainz. In 2018, the prize was awarded to the literary and cultural scientist Aleida Assmann and the Egyptologist Jan Assmann, and in 2017 to the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.

The proposals with details of achievements and publications of the personality can be submitted online, by e-mail or by post. Self-nominations are not possible. The recommendations are accepted: Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Peace Prize Office, for the attention of Martin Schult, Schiffbauerdamm 5, 10117 Berlin, e-mail:

In spring 2020, the Foundation Board of the Peace Prize will select this year's prizewinner* from the proposals. The decision will be announced in June 2020 and the award ceremony will take place on 18 October 2020 at the end of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt's Paulskirche.