Chatting with Luther

Following on from the success of the last three years’ competitions organised by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the IMLR, we are again joining forces to launch the fourth writing competition for all learners and lovers of German.

This year, the task ties in with the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of his 95 theses that sparked the Reformation. Put yourself in the shoes of a time-travelling spy: you overhear a conversation between Luther or one of his German, Austrian or Swiss contemporaries (real or imagined) and a figure from public life in 2017 Britain. Is the German-speaking 16th-century time traveller debating Brexit with Boris Johnson or comparing sporting skills with Andy Murray? Does Jamie Oliver try to revolutionise cooking skills of Reformation Germany? Write down what you hear! The only two rules: the dialogue must be written in German and it must not be longer than 350 words.

The competition is open to students at secondary schools, sixth-formers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anybody else who feels up to the challenge! Submissions are welcome from single authors and from pairs of contributors, and they must be submitted online.

The online portal is now open to submit dialogue contributions.

Closing date: Monday, 23 October 2017

Prizes 

  • A workshop with translation and theatre practitioners
  • Book prizes
  • VIP guided tours through exhibitions in London

Prize-Giving

The prize-giving will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, Senate House, Institute of Modern Languages Research, London. The authors of the winning entries will be invited to take part in an afternoon workshop (2-5pm); the prize-giving event is scheduled for 6-8pm.

The competition is organised by the DAAD London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and the Goethe Institute London, and is supported by the German and the Swiss Embassies in London, the Austrian Cultural Forum and the British Library.