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.
Writer, Translator and Stage Director
Wir bewundern darin seinen Mut, dem deutschen Publikum mit Witz Ironie und doch mit der Leidenschaft des Opfers und der Distanz des Weisen die unheilvolle gemeinsame Geschichte der Deutschen und Juden vor Augen zu führen.
Juryvorsitz: Herbert Heckmann
Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Herman Dieter Betz (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst), Günter de Bruyn, Walter Helmut Fritz, Hartmut von Hentig, Ivan Nagel, Oskar Pastior, Lea Ritter-Santini, Peter Wapnewski, Hans Wollschläger