*1977 in Hamburg, lives in Berlin
Inger-Maria Mahlke grew up in Lübeck and studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2009, she won the Open Mike Prize for Prose. Her debut, Silberfischchen, was awarded the Klaus Michael Kühne Prize in 2010. She was awarded the Ernst Willner Prize in the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for an excerpt of her next novel, Rechnung offen, and, in 2014, the Karl Arnold Prize from the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Her third novel, Wie ihr wollt, was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2015, which she finally won in 2018 for her novel Archipel.