"Verwendung"

The prize winners with Dr. Hubert Locher (left) and

Sparkasse chief executive Jürgen Teufel (right).

Jury citation for the 1990 prize The 1990

 

"Calwer Hermann-Hesse-Förderpreis" for German-language literary periodicals was awarded to the magazine verwendung, edited by Egmont Hesse, Andreas Koziol and Ulrich Zieger and published in East Berlin. The jury chose verwendung in recognition of its "samizdat"-style status, it having been one of the self-published and self-produced magazines to have appeared independently of the official GDR publishing houses and in the face of resistance from the East German authorities. The publishers of this magazine displayed great commitment in their effort to help strengthen the self-awareness of an entire generation of authors. More than anything else, verwendung served as a vehicle for the publication of contemporary prose and poetry from the GDR, helping to foster and promote the development of new forms of literary expression.