German Language Competitions

Overview of German Language Competitions

What a Year! Schlagzeilen aus der Zukunft

In the 2024 competition, we invite you to put together the front page of a fictional newspaper in the German-speaking world. The catch: you are writing the final edition of 2024 and must select the most important stories of a year that has not yet finished.


Roads not taken. Oder: Es hätte auch anders kommen können.

The DAAD and the ILCS joined forces once again to invite all learners and lovers of German to take part in our German language competition.


Zusammen - Together across Cultures

Zusammen - Together across Cultures: On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the DAAD London office, the 2022 DAAD/IMLR German Language Competition focussed on coming together, celebrating friendship and collaboration between people, countries and institutions beyond borders and across cultures.


Das Wort der Zukunft - The word of the future

The DAAD and the IMLR are joining forces for the seventh time to invite all learners and lovers of German to take part in a German language competition.


Victoria & Albert: love letters

The winners of the 6th DAAD-IMLR German writing competition were celebrated at an event on 28 June 2019 held at the German Embassy. Do have a browse through the pictures.


Chatting with Luther

The prize-giving event took place on Monday, 11 December 2017, in the Knowledge Centre of the British Library.


When Cultures Meet

Read what prize-winners and the authors wrote!


Translation Competition

The competition aimed to encourage a deeper engagement with the German language and culture through the complexities of the translation process. Contestants were asked to translate a set passage of Gröschner’s novel Walpurgistag.


In the conjunction wit the Germany - Memories of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum

We called on you to write a ‘DINGGEDICHT’ – a ‘thing poem’ or in other words a poem based on an object!


Europe - What next?

Where is Europe heading? Is it spiralling out of control? Do we need to redefine European values? What should a young European aspire to?


German loanwords

"Spiel”, "doppelganger”, "zeitgeist”, "stumm” are just a few examples of German loanwords in the English language.


Create a Modern German Fairy Tale

Germany is famous for its tradition of fairy tales. But what would a modern one be like?


What happens next?

What Happens Next? was the motto of the DAAD 2008 competition, whereby students were encouraged to come up with fictitious encounters between a famous German and a famous British personality.


Who wants to be a European?

We want to hear your advice to Chancellor Angela Merkel.


But don't mention the war II

Germany - love it or hate it? Enjoy writing?


But don't mention the war I

- does this famous slogan still characterise the British attitude towards Germany and the Germans?


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