Hermann Kesten Prize

The Hermann Kesten Prize (German: Hermann-Kesten-Preis), formally the Hermann Kesten Medal (German: Hermann-Kesten-Medaille), is a German literary award presented annually for outstanding efforts in support of persecuted writers, on behalf of PEN Centre Germany according to the principles of the Charter of International PEN. In 1985, the PEN Center of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded the first Hermann Kesten Medal. It is named in honor of the German novelist and dramatist Hermann Kesten (1900–1996).

Hermann Kesten Prize
Awarded foroutstanding efforts in support of persecuted writers
Sponsored byHessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts
Presented byPEN Centre Germany
Formerly calledHermann Kesten Medal

Until 1993, it was awarded every two years, since 1994 it has been given annually. As of 2000, the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts has endowed the award with a prize of 10,000.

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centres around the world.

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  1. ^ "Award winners of the Hermann Kesten-Award". Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ Stefan Weidner. "A Father of the Revolution", Qantara.de, 9 December 2011
  3. ^ "Profile /biography of Wolfgang Kaleck". European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR). Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Hermann Kesten-Preis für Günter Wallraff". Donaukurier (in German). Ingolstadt. dpa. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Irena Brežná erhält Kesten-Preis des deutschen PEN am 18.11. in Darmstadt". PEN-Zentrum Deutschland (in German). 9 November 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Kesten-Preis an Irena Brežná". Börsenblatt (in German). 17 August 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2021.

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