Fiktion has been set up by German- and English-language writers as a model for using the opportunities afforded by the digital to raise the profile of challenging literature and improve its means of distribution. The project operates on several levels:
- The digital publication of German- and English-language literature that does not fit the current criteria of the market. Fiktion experimentally rejects the economic necessities of the publishing business; all titles are distributed free of charge.
- The integration of German-language literature in international discourse. Fiktion will publish all titles simultaneously in German and English, and they will be presented and promoted internationally.
- The creation of an international network of writers. An advisory board of writers is seeking out manuscripts for Fiktion and will also support them after publication. Fiktion brings together writers and publishing projects run by writers, as in October 2014 with the workshop “The Word Electric” at Goethe Institute New York.
- The advancement of the debate about copyright law. Together with the Internet Law Clinic at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Fiktion engages with the questions of copyright law resulting from digital publication. In March 2014, it staged a conference on literature in the digital age at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
- The development of a new reading format that encourages concentration, which will be optimized through experiments by Arthur Jacobs, Professor for Experimental and Neurocognitive Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin. The new format will be made available open-source.
Project Directors (Publishing Program)
Project Director (Communications)
Projekt Director (Management)
Maxwell Simmer (Version House)
Prof. Dr. Arthur M. Jacobs
(Experimental and Neurocognitive Psychology, Freie Universität Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Katharina de la Durantaye
Rebecca Sieber (Humboldt Internet Law Clinic)
Partners for Events and Distribution
Goethe-Institut New York
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Fiktion is backed by the non-profit association Fiktion e.V. It is organized in co-operation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and financed by a grant from the German Federal Cultural Foundation.