In the Landesmuseum in Eisenstadt, Austria, Johanna Sebauer
was awarded the Literature Prize 2019 of the Province of Burgenland on the evening of 17 October 2019. She was honoured for her prose text "Nincshof." The jury awarded her "prize-worthy literature" for her ability to combine language creativity with narrative skills. The prize amounts to 3,500 euros.
In addition to her writing activities, Johanna Sebauer has been part of the Science Communication team at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut since May 2018. Among other things, she hosts our monthly podcast Bredowcast
From the Press Release of the State Government of Burgenland
Since 2004, the Literature Prize of the Province of Burgenland in its current form has been awarded alternately as a prize for a completed work or as a scholarship for a work in progress. The Literature Prize 2019 was awarded for a literary prose or stage work in progress. The amount of the prize is 3,500 euros. A total of 14 works were submitted.
Johanna Sebauer, who grew up in Marz, received the literature prize for her prose text "Nincshof." "In apparent lightness, the story is told here in a density that draws the reader into the text from the very first lines. One likes to surround oneself with this story made of stories in language loosened up by not always predictable turns of phrase, whose original ornaments are partly wiped away from the (northern) Burgenland folk idiom, but partly scooped from the large language barrel by the author's own hand," according to the jury - composed of Michaela Frühstück, Sanja Abramovic (winner of the literature prize 2018) and Jakob Perschy - in their statement. Here, linguistic creativity is combined with narrative skills, "which results in prize-worthy literature."