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.


Jan Wagner

Jan Wagner

Poet, Translator and Critic
Born 18/10/1971
Member since 2010

Georg-Büchner-Preis 2017
Laudatory Address by Aris Fioretos
Acceptance Speech by Jan Wagner

... dessen Gedichte spielerische Sprachfreude und meisterhafte Formbeherrschung vereinen.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Präsident Heinrich Detering
Vizepräsidenten Aris Fioretos, Wolfgang Klein, Gustav Seibt, Beisitzer László Földényi, Michael Hagner, Felicitas Hoppe, Per Øhrgaard, Ilma Rakusa, Nike Wagne