The Goethe Prize

The English Goethe Society awards one yearly prize for the best undergraduate or post-graduate essay on Goethe or his German-speaking contemporaries, or the reception of any of those writers, written in English or German. The prize is in the amount of £100. Essays that meet the standards of original research will be considered for publication in the Publications of the English Goethe Society.

The closing date is 1 October every year.

Essays should be no more than 5000 words long (including notes but excluding bibliography), and neither published nor under consideration for publication.

Entries should be made by e-mail to the Honorary Secretaries of the Society:

Professor Astrid Köhler (, Dr Charlotte Lee (, and Professor Charlie Louth (


Elizabeth Ramsay
(The University of Chicago) for her essay ‘“wie ich euch ein Beispiel gebe”: Goethe's Egmont, theatricality, and myth’


Amy Ainsworth
(University of Cambridge) for her essay ‘“Das Vorurteil ist gut, zu seiner Zeit: denn es macht glücklich”: The notion of prejudice in Herder, Goethe and Jacobowski.’