Vasile Dobrian, "The waves of migrating birds have darkened the infinity" (1996, Source: Wikiart)

Vasile Dobrian, "The waves of migrating birds have darkened the infinity" (1996, Source: Wikiart)

The DAAD and the IMLR, together with the Goethe Institut and the Swiss and German Embassies in London, are calling all learners and lovers of German to take part in a writing competition! This time, the task is to write a story in German. Two German-speaking authors, Anja Tuckermann (Berlin) and Ulrike Ulrich (Zurich), have provided beginnings of stories of migration. Now it’s your turn to take one of these beginnings and continue spinning the yarn. You are free to develop your text in any direction you choose: to write a story of flight or refuge, of identities and self-images, of encounters or new beginnings … . Your story can be set in the past, the present or the future -  and in any geographical setting you wish. The only rule: it must not be longer than 250 words.

Click here  to find the two ‘launchpad’ texts

The competition is open to students at secondary schools, Sixth-Formers, undergraduates, postgraduates and anybody else who feels up to the challenge!

Further Information and Background

Would you like to find out more about the authors? Click on the links below the pictures:

Autorinnen Ulrike Ulrich (links) und Anja Tuckermann (rechts)
Autorinnen Ulrike Ulrich (links) und Anja Tuckermann (rechts)             


For background information on migration (in German!), see:

Mediendienst Integration (Webseite) - Informations-Plattform für Medienschaffende zu Migration, Integration und Asyl in Deutschland

Lernen über Migration und Menschenrechte, Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Berlin  - Lehrmaterial für Schulen

Migration - Integration, Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung - Lehrmaterial für Schulen

Application Process

A jury of teachers, academics and writers will be awarding prizes in five categories: secondary schools, undergraduates, postgraduates, others and native speakers of German.

Please choose the text beginning with which you want to work, then identify the category in which you are entering. Upload your text and complete the entry form by Friday, 6 January 2017. Please note: you may only submit one version.


  • Invitations to a writing workshop with Ulrike Ulrich and/or Anja Tuckermann  
  • Book prizes

A prize-giving event will take place in the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, 1 March 2017 at the IMLR in London University’s Senate House. Both Ulrike Ulrich and Anja Tuckermann will be present. This will be a chance to listen to the winners’ as well as to the authors’ own story endings.


The competition is a cooperation between DAAD London, The Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR) and the Goethe Institut London. It is also kindly supported by the German and the Swiss Embassies London and Deutsch Perfekt.

For any queries please contact Cecile Reese: