The Kurt Wolff Foundation (KWS) was founded in 2000 by independent publishers and the former German Minister of State for Culture. About 100 independent publishing houses are associated with the Foundation.
Each year our board of trustees awards, with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Medi, two independent publishers at the Leipzig Book Fair with the Kurt Wolff Award and the Kurt Wolff Encouragement Award. At the Frankfurt Book Fair, we present each year, with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, a collective catalogue of German independent publishers with a selection of their programs. The Kurt Wolff Foundation represents the interests of independent publishing houses in order to support diversity in culture, literature and in publishing.