Competitions and Awards

Together with various partners, MVB organizes competitions and awards prizes. The aim is to make special achievements in the field of books even better known and to promote networking within the industry and beyond. We are happy to provide you with information and materials for your reporting, arrange interviews and accredit you for our events.

Content-Shift-Accelerator | #cosh20

continuation of the three-month support program that brings together start-ups, industry companies and investors

For the fifth time already, the Börsenverein Group, to which MVB belongs, is organizing the Content-Shift-Accelerator #cosh20 to promote start-ups in the book and media industry. The three-month international program brings together investors, founders and experts of the industry. Together they discuss new business models and develop them further. The founders are given the opportunity to validate and develop their business models as well as to gain access to a network of high-ranking, relevant decision-makers. The established companies benefit from direct contact with the start-ups and fast and curated access to new ideas. Start-ups from all over the world are invited to apply.

Companies invest 10,000 euros each in Content Shift and thus receive a place on the jury as well as direct contact to the start-ups. In 2020 Wiley-VCH, Hugendubel, Thalia, Cornelsen and Lehmanns Media supported the program. With the support of professional consultants, the Börsenverein Group ensures that the participating companies can benefit from a pool of qualified start-ups. Other European media associations also support the Accelerator.

In the course of the competition, the five selected start-ups will receive comprehensive coaching and advice from experts. The jury consists of the sponsoring companies and three representatives of the Börsenverein Group, including MVB Managing Director Ronald Schild. The core of the competition is a joint workshop weekend for the jury and the start-ups in September. The final pitches and the prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the content start-up of the year will be chosen and awarded a prize of 10,000 euros.

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Börsenblatt Young Excellence Award | #yeaward20

The Börsenblatt Young Excellence Award #yeaward20 honors outstanding young movers up to 39 years who make a difference in the book industry - whether as an employee in a bookstore, a publishing house, a service company or as a self-employed person.

Our trade magazine Börsenblatt presents the award together with the companies of the Börsenverein group: Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Frankfurt Book Fair, Mediacampus Frankfurt and MVB.

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Alfred-Kerr-Preis für Literaturkritik 2020 (Prize for Literary Criticism)

In 1977, the trade magazine Börsenblatt endowed the Alfred Kerr Prize for Literary Criticism, which today is awarded with 5,000 euros. Until 1995, each year a particularly noteworthy literary section of a German-language newspaper or magazine, a German-language radio or television program was awarded. Since 1996, the jury has honored the work of an individual. The prize is not awarded for an individual criticism, but rather for the continuity of literary criticism. The award commemorates the writer, theater critic and journalist Alfred Kerr (1867 to 1948), who saw criticism as an art form in its own right.

Previous award winners include Marie Schmidt, Insa Wilke, Daniela Strigl, Helmut Böttiger, Ina Hartwig, Gregor Dotzauer, Hubert Winkels, Manfred Papst, Nico Bleutge, Andreas Breitenstein and Michael Braun.

The jury, which decides on the winner, is made up of the program officer of the Munich Literature House Dr. Katrin Lange, the managing director of the Munich bookstore Lehmkuhl Michael Lemling, the literary scientist Prof. Dr. Alexandra Pontzen, the honorary president of the Academy for Language and Poetry Prof. Dr. Klaus Reichert, the publisher Klaus Schöffling and the Börsenblatt editor-in-chief Torsten Casimir

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