Established by the then People's State of Hesse to recognise poets, artists, actors and singers, the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« was first awarded on 11 August 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the »Büchner-Preis« has been awarded by the German Academy for Language and Literature. It is granted to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German cultural life.« (Academy charter)
The »Georg-Büchner-Preis« is awarded annually during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt. The prize comes with a €50,000 award.

Prize Winner 2017

Jan Wagner

Jan Wagner is awarded the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« 2017. The prize giving ceremony will take place in Darmstadt on Oktober, 28.


Christa Wolf

Christa WolfChrista Wolf

Born 18/3/1929
Deceased 1/12/2011
Member since 1977

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1980
Laudatory Address by Hanno Helbling
Acceptance Speech by Christa Wolf

Sie hat mit hohem Ernst dazu beigetragen, die Finsternisse zeitgenössischer Erfahrung in erzählender Prosa aufzuhellen.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Peter de Mendelssohn
Beda Allemann, Herman Dieter Betz (Hessisches Kultusministerium), Ludwig Harig, Karl Krolow, Horst Rüdiger, Heinz Winfried Sabais (Stadt Darmstadt), Bruno Snell(Ehrenpräsident), Dolf Sternberger, Gerhard Storz (Ehrenpräsident), Hans-J. Weitz, Eva Zeller, Bernhard Zeller