Every other year, a German and a Polish translator respectively receive the prize for building bridges with language. The candidates are nominated by a German-Polish jury. The gala award ceremony is organized by Deutsches Polen-Institut and held alternately in Cracow, Poland, and Darmstadt, Germany.
The prize was created jointly by Karl Dedecius, doyen of German translators of Polish literature and distinguished mediator between Germany and Poland and the Robert Bosch foundation in 1981 to recognize outstanding work by Polish translators of German. It was supplemented by a promotional prize for Polish translators in 1992, and has been bestowed as a twin prize for both German and Polish translators since 2003.
The prize winners will be invited to a public event at the Karl-Dedecius Literary Archive at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).