Your entry


This is where you can submit your stories. We also accept dramatic texts in this category. The prose category is divided into three age ranges: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Three participants will be nominated in each category.


This is where you can submit your poems. Three authors will be nominated in this category.


The SprachRäume category represents the diversity of voices present in contemporary literature. This category awards prizes for texts by children and teenagers between 10 and 18 years of age who have grown up multilingual in Germany and German-speaking countries. Texts of all languages can be submitted in this category.

Junior THEO

In addition, the Junior THEO is awarded to a participant aged under 10.

This year’s theme:

Take part!

You can participate as long as you are not older than 18. Up for grabs is an invitation to writing workshops and the Schreibende Schüler e.V. (Student Writers), as well as other prizes such as book vouchers. The nominated texts will all be published in a small book, the THEO Reader.


Participate online:

Please send us your text(s) in a Word document using our submission form. Texts must be no longer than three pages (if your text is longer, send an excerpt).

For poetry: maximum of five poems.

Please be aware of the following format guidelines:

Font size: 12

Spacing: minimum 1.5

Participate via post:

If you cannot submit entries online, it is also possible to mail them to the following address. Please also send a completed form along with your submission, otherwise it will be considered invalid. Entries submitted via post cannot be returned.

Schreibende Schüler e.V.
Immanuelkirchstraße 8
10405 Berlin
Key word: THEO

Submission form:

All fields marked with an asterix (*) are required fields.

Personal information:

My texts:

Also submit texts to the SprachRäume category (optional):I am submitting my texts only to the categories mentioned above.

You can upload your files in .pdf, .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, .txt or .jpg.

General questions:

Final details

I have read the privacy policy and consent to my information being used for statistical purposes. In addition, I consent to my texts being stored anonymously and potentially being analysed by third parties for research purposes.

I declare that I have written the text myself. By participating in THEO 2019, I consent to my text being published as part of the competition process.

The submission deadline is 15 January 2020 (submissions must be received by midnight)

If you have issues with submitting your entry or other general questions, send us an email to, or call us at:

Schreibende Schüler, Rudi Nuss +49 176 624 928 61

Börsenverein, Tim Holland +49 30 26 39 18 12