The Thomas Mann Prize

The Thomas Mann Prize, in the amount of £100, is funded by the Ida Herz Bequest (Ida Herz was a friend of Thomas Mann), and is awarded for an undergraduate or post-graduate essay that addresses some aspect of Thomas Mann’s life and work.

It is awarded in even-numbered years, alternating with an endowed lecture; at the discretion of the Council, the essay may be published in PEGS.

Essays should be no more than 5000 words long and should be neither published nor under consideration for publication. The closing date is 1 October in even years.

Submissions should be made by e-mail to the editors of PEGS:

Dr Kevin Hilliard (, Professor Astrid Köhler (, and Dr Charlotte Lee (


Francesco Albé
(University of Cambridge) for his essay ‘Choreographies of (Dis)order: Dance and Same-Sex Desire in Thomas Mann’s ‘Unordnung und frühes Leid’ (1925) and Klaus Mann’s Der fromme Tanz (1926)’.


William Andrews
(University of Oxford) for his essay ‘Buddenbrooks: The harbinger of Mann’s style’.