The “Buxtehude Bull” is one of the most remunerated German literature prizes. Winfried Zimann, once a book dealer in Buxtehude, Winfried Ziemann, initiated the prize in 1971. Ever since, it has been awarded to the best youth fiction book (published in the German language) annually.
The goal of the “Bull” is to enthuse youth to actively and intensively read as well as to promote good youth books.
The city of Buxtehude took over sponsorship in 1981. The prize gets its name from Ferdinand, the placid bull from the well-known children's picture book, “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, first published in 1937. The literature award includes prize money of €5000 and an award of a steel bull-shaped statue, made by the sculptor Reinhard Güthling.
Any fiction youth books that were first published in, or into, the German language in the past calendar year may participate in the competition - including translations. The books up for selection are youth books that are marked by their publishers for the target groups “from 13 years of age” or “from 14 years of age”.
The winner is determined by a jury of eleven young readers and eleven adults. The jury is formed anew every year.
From the received applications, four groups are determined by drawing lots:
Four youths and four adults from elsewhere.
Buxtehude. The US author, Amy Giles, has been honoured with the renowned German Youth Literature Prize: The Buxtehude Bull, for her book “Now is Everything” (translated from English by the Hamburg author, Isabel Abedi, cbj Verlag in Munich). A jury comprised of eleven youths and eleven adults held a majority vote for the author. The award is endowed with €5000 and a steel-plastic sculpture in the shaped of a bull. The official award ceremony is tentatively planned for the end of the year.
Buxtehude. On Tuesday evening, 22nd January, bestselling Irish author, John Boyne, received the €5000 endowed youth literature award, the Buxtehude Bull, from the hands of Buxtehude Mayor, Katja Oldenburg-Schmidt. “I feel very honoured to receive this award”, said the 1971 born Irishman at the official award ceremony in Buxtehude, Germany.