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.


Peter Weiss

Peter WeissPeter Weiss

Writer, Painter and Film producer
Born 8/11/1916
Deceased 10/5/1982

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1982
Laudatory Address by Walter Jens
Acceptance Speech by Peter Weiss

... der in seinem weitgespannten Werk entschiedenes Engagement für die Sache der Unterdrückten in aller Welt mit hohem Kunstverstand und artistischem Wagemut vereint.

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Peter de Mendelssohn
Beda Allemann, Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Herman Dieter Betz (Hessisches Kultusministerium), Ludwig Harig, Geno Hartlaub, Herbert Heckmann, Hans Paeschke, Lea Ritter-Santini, Bruno Snell (Ehrenpräsident), Dolf Sternberger (Ehrenpräsident), Gerhard Storz (Ehrenpräsident), Bernhard Zeller, Eva Zeller, Ernst Zinn