Maike Wetzel
by Andreas Potthoff

was born in 1974, attended film school in Munich and in the UK and is a German writer and screenwriter, based in Berlin. Her debut novel ELLY will be published in August by Schöffling & Co.

  • She is the author of two award-winning collections of short stories: Lange Tage  (2003) [Long Days, 2008,longlisted for the Frank O'Connor short story award 2009; excerpt]  and Hochzeiten [Weddings] (2000), both published by S. Fischer Verlag. Her stories appeared in over 40 anthologies (e.g. at Suhrkamp Verlag, Hanser Verlag, Rowohlt Verlag, Piper Verlag, dtv), in radio and on screen.
  • In 2014 she was the first inaugurated writer in residence of the Goethe Institut in New Zealand.
  • Maike Wetzel has directed short films (e.g. "Hochzeiten") and documentaries and also writes screenplays.
  • Her journalistic texts appeared in various newspapers and magazines e.g. Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.(MENU JOURNALISM) The English translation of Long days was published by Comma Press, UK.   The Hungarian translation of Hochzeiten "Mámor" is available at AB-ART, Bratislava. review of MÁMOR Selected stories appeared in Korean, Italian, French, Danish, Czech, Russian, Polish and other languages. Review of Lange Tage at “New books in German”  www
  • More reviews at Belletrista Tony's readinglist. Unity Books
  • Interview with the English translator Lyn Marven of LONG DAYS
  • Review of LONG DAYS at Booktrust
  • Literary online mag TURBINE, NZ: Read the short story DÉJÁ VU online