Richard Ford Wins Siegfried Lenz Prize

May 1, 2018

Headshot of Richard FordWriting Professor Richard Ford received the Siegfried Lenz Prize, which is bestowed every two years in Germany and comes with a €50,000 award.


Ford joins the company of writers such as Amos Oz and Julian Barnes, who took home the prize in previous years. The prize, along with the Siegfried Lenz Foundation, was launched in 2014. It is named after Lenz, one of Germany’s most noteworthy post-war writers who died four years ago at age 88. The prize is awarded to “international writers who have gained recognition with their narrative work and whose creative work is close to the spirit of Siegfried Lenz.”


According to German news outlet Buch Markt, Ford said he is “thrilled” to be awarded a prize in Lenz’s name. “This is a precious recognition for my books, and for me,” he said. “My German-language readers are close to my heart.”


The awards ceremony will be held at Hamburg City Hall on September 28.