The German independent book prize by the silly name of Hotlist has launched its longlist, so to speak. They've selected 30 titles out of all those submitted by indie publishers, and you can now vote on your favourite. Then the top three go through to the shortlist (which they call the hotlist) along with seven books chosen by the international jury (Austria, Switzerland, Germany!). And then at the Frankfurt book fair they hold a big party and announce the winner, which is then called something like "the hotlist winner" or some such nonsense, and the publishers get a big fat cheque.
Anyway, despite their idiosyncratic use of the English language, they also now have an English-language website! Hooray! And they're a fabulous institution.