Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Exhibition Area Hall VI, Kaiserdamm, Berlin
Date Started: August 1, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936
The winner of this contest was the Finnish poet [Urho KarhumÃ¤ki]. His work, Avoveteen (In open water), tells of athlete YrjÃ¶ NiemelÃ¤. In 1939, the work was made into a movie by Orvo Saarikivi, depicting the main character participating in the 1940 Helsinki Olympics (which were never held due to World War II).
The silver medal work, by [Wilhelm Ehmer], writes about the failed ascent of the Mount Everest by [George Mallory] and Andrew Irvine. Mallory, in 1924, had won an Olympic gold medal for alpinism in an earlier attempt to scale the world's highest peak. [Jan Parandowski], winner of the bronze, submitted a novel set in Ancient Greece, Dysk olimpijski (Olympic Discus).