The Society for Contemporary American Literature in German (SCALG) is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Indiana (April 25, 1993). Its purpose is the support of contemporary literature by German writers in North America through various means such as:

1. Publication of the German-American literary journal TRANS-LIT2

2. Promotions of readings and discussions

3. Awarding of the Lisa and Robert Kahn Prize for poetry in German

4. Awarding of the Geertje Potash-Suhr Prize for prose in German

5. Organization of workshops for members

  1. 6.Announcement of recent publications by American writers writing in German

The Society and the editors of TRANS-LIT2 also welcome submissions by German-writing, bi- or multicultural authors living anywhere on the globe.


The Society has members from eight countries at this time, with the majority residing in the U.S.. Many are members of the PEN and hold distinctions such as Goethe-Medaille, Jakob Wassermann Preis, Bundesverdienstkreuz, among others.