The multi-award-winning author has already published several novels. At the Gotha Research Library, he wants to work on his current novel project with the holdings of the emigrant letter collection and on the history of Protestantism. The scholarship is endowed with 1,500 euros and enables a one-month stay in Gotha in 2021. A total of 30 applications, some of them of high calibre, were received, so that the jury decided at the jury meeting, due to the outstanding applications, to exceptionally allow other authors a short visit to Gotha in addition to the awarding of the scholarship. Xenia Helms (Berlin), Ralph Grüneberger (Leipzig) and Sebastian Stuerz (Hamburg) will each be invited to Gotha for a one-week trial stay. "In addition to the literary quality, we were particularly impressed by the original approach of the projects and the noticeable curiosity of the applicants," says Guido Naschert, who accompanied the competition as managing director of the Literary Society of Thuringia.