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Writers’ Competition, prizes and jury

Autor*innenwettbewerb / Writers’ Competition

The Writers’ Competition, the Autor*innenwettbewerb, is the heart of the Heidelberger Stückemarkt. Since 1996, the theatre festival has been organising the much-acclaimed competition with highly endowed prizes as a talent promotion for new authors.

In the Writers’ Competition, publishers, courses of study and formerly nominated writers are entitled to submit proposals. The festival team selects six plays from their submissions. In addition, there are new plays from the guest country.

During the festival, the nominated plays are presented in readings with the Heidelberg ensemble.

Im Autor*innenwettbewerb 2023 nominiert sind

Lamin Leroy Gibba, Kim de l’Horizon, Svealena Kutschke, Caspar-Maria Russo, Miriam UnterthinerLeonie Lorena Wyss

sowie aus dem Gastland Schweden 
Adel Darwish, Åsa Lindholm, Alejandro Leiva Wenger

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Im Autor*innenwettbewerb 2023 ausgezeichnet wurden Leonie Lorena Wyss, Alejandro Leiva Wenger und Lamin Leroy Gibba. Hier finden Sie weitere Informationen sowie die Laudationes der Jury.



The jury awards the Autor*innenpreis of the Heidelberger Stückemarkt. This is donated by the Manfred Lautenschläger Foundation and is endowed with 10,000 euros. In addition, the premiere of one of the nominated plays will open the festival the following year.

Internationaler Autor*innenpreis

The international playwright prize, donated by the state of Baden-Württemberg, is endowed with 5,000 euros and is awarded by the Stückemarkt jury to one of the three nominated writers from the guest country.

All the plays in the writers' competition and the international writers' competition are up for election for the audience award. The audience has the opportunity to vote for a winner in a written ballot after each play reading.

The winner will receive prize money of 2,500 euros, donated by the Freudeskreis (friends association) of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg.

Jugendstückepreis / Youth drama award

In line with the KinderStückePreis of the Mülheimer Theatertage NRW, the Heidelberger Stückemarkt awards the Jugendstückepreis (youth drama award) to one of the three invited youth theatre guest performances. The winner is chosen by the jury together with a group of experts from young people interested in theatre.

The prize is endowed with 6,000 euros, donated by the Heidelberg entrepreneur couple Bettina Schies and Klaus Korte, KORTE Bauteile GmbH. In addition, the winning production will be invited to the framework programme of the Mülheimer Theatertage NRW 2023.


With a view to the sustainable promotion of new drama, the Nachspielpreis was established in 2011. The Nachspielpreis is not endowed and comes with a guest performance invitation to the Autorentheatertage at the Deutsches Theater Berlin.

The Heidelberger Stückemarkt sees the Nachspielpreis as an encouragement to those theatres to put plays on the repertoire that have been unjustly neglected. New plays are often in danger of being forgotten in the hype of their premiere - sometimes because the author is a little-known young playwright or because the premiere did not do them justice.

The Nachspielpreis therefore wants to honour theatres that take the risk of staging such plays again.

SWR Hörspielpreis

In 2021, the Heidelberger Stückemarkt is cooperating with SWR for the first time and offering a new prize: the SWR Hörspielpreis. It will go to one of the plays in the writers' competition, is endowed with 5,000 euros and will be produced by SWR as a radio play. The first broadcast will take place at the next Stückemarkt.

For the Hörspielpreis, the jury will be supplemented by Manfred Hess, chief dramaturge at SWR Hörspiel.

Jury of Heidelberger Stückemarkt

The members of the jury of the Heidelberg Stückemarkt 2023 are the director Sapir Heller, the critic Christiane Lutz, the dramaturge Rania Mleihi, the author Ulrike Syha and the head of the Heidelberg drama department Jürgen Popig.

The jury will award the Autor*innenpreis and the international Autor*innenpreis, the Jugendstückepreis and the Nachspielpreis.