The Georg Büchner Prize was first established during the Weimar Republic by the State of Hesse. Its purpose was to recognise writers, artists, actors and singers. It was first awarded in 1923 in the state capital, Darmstadt.
Since 1951 the new Büchner Prize has been awarded annually by the German Academy for Language and Literature. According to the charter of the Academy, it is given to authors »writing in the German language whose work is considered especially meritorious and who have made a significant contribution to contemporary German culture.«
The prize is awarded at a ceremony held during the autumn conference of the German Academy in Darmstadt.
The prize currently comes with an award of €50,000.

Prize Winner 2021

Clemens J. Setz

Clemens J. Setz is awarded the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« 2021. The prize giving ceremony will take place in Darmstadt on November, 6.


Elias Canetti

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Born 25/7/1905
Deceased 14/8/1994
Member since 1972

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1972
Laudatory Address by Horst Bienek
Acceptance Speech by Elias Canetti

... für ein Werk, das den Spannungen zwischen Macht und Intellekt, Masse und Verführung, Moralität und Widerstand gilt...

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Karl Krolow
Horst Bienek, Siegfried Dörffeldt (Hessisches Kultusministerium), Walter Helmut Fritz, Rudolf Hagelstange, Carl Linfert, Horst Rüdiger, Heinz Winfried Sabais (Stadt Darmstadt), Hans Scholz, Dolf Sternberger, Gerhard Storz, Wolfgang Weyrauch