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 2016

Marcel Beyer

Marcel Beyer is awarded the »Georg-Büchner-Preis« 2016. The prize giving ceremony will take place in Darmstadt on November, 5.


Marie Luise Kaschnitz

Marie Luise Kaschnitz

Born 31/1/1901
Deceased 10/10/1974
Member from 1949 to 1954

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1955
Laudatory Address by Kasimir Edschmid
Acceptance Speech by Marie Luise Kaschnitz

Stets dem Geiste zugewandt, Antikisches und Heutiges in humanem Sinne verbindend und auf eine neue für uns gültige Weise formend...

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Hermann Kasack
Friedrich Bischoff, Bernard von Brentano, Kasimir Edschmid, Rudolf Hagelstange, Gertrud von le Fort, Wilhelm Lehmann, Rudolf Pechel (Ehrenpräsident), Rudolf Alexander Schröder (Ehrenpräsident), Gerhard Storz, Fritz Usinger