i am currently at my third edit for this year's MDR literaturpreis. it's always more difficult when there's no set topic. last year's competition was won by sudabeh mohafez (pictured by my humble self here), whom i remember to have a very empathetic and more classical style of writing. thus, i am not sure if there is, as the german would say, 'a flower pot to win' for me in this one. but i will try nevertheless. it has been quite a while since i have partaken in a literary competition. would be a good start into 2009, too. speaking of which - happy new year to you all!