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.


Wolfgang Hilbig

Wolfgang Hilbig

Born 31/8/1941
Deceased 2/6/2007
Member since 1990

Georg-Büchner-Preis 2002
Laudatory Address by Georg Klein
Acceptance Speech by Wolfgang Hilbig

Wolfgang Hilbig, der in der ungeheuren leeren Halle des Schweigens seine Stimme wagte, um der Wortlosigkeit zu entkommen...

Jury members
Juryvorsitz: Christian Meier
Peter Hamm, Harald Hartung, Peter von Matt, Uwe Pörksen, Ilma Rakusa, Klaus Reichert, Lea Ritter-Santini, außerdem Peter Benz (Stadt Darmstadt), Konrad Schacht (Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst)