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.


Tankred Dorst

Tankred Dorst

Born 19/12/1925
Deceased 1/6/2017
Member since 1977

Georg-Büchner-Preis 1990
Laudatory Address by Georg Hensel
Acceptance Speech by Tankred Dorst

Dem Reichtum seiner Themen entspricht der Reichtum seiner Formen...

Jury members
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