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The Georg Büchner Prize (German: Georg-Büchner-Preis) is the most important literary prize of Germany. It was created in 1923 in memory of German writer Georg Büchner and was only given to artists who came from or were closely tied to Büchner's home of Hesse.

In 1951, the prize changed to a general literary prize, given yearly by the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung. It goes to German language authors, and the annual speech by the recipient takes place in Darmstadt. Since 2002, the prize has been endowed with 40,000 Euros.

Famous recipients of the literary prize, since 1951

  • 1998 Elfriede Jelinek (1946–)

Famous recipients 1923-1950

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Anna Seghers

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