Since 2015, the Allianz Kulturstiftung has been working with the publisher Klett-Cotta to promote the Jean Améry Prize across Europe every two years. A newly appointed international jury headed by Robert Menasse and composed of prominent authors, literary scholars and critics signals the prize's pan-European spirit.
The prize is awarded in memory of Jean Améry for outstanding achievement in the field of critically aware literary essay writing. Améry's widow Maria initiated the prize with the publisher Klett-Cotta in 1982, and it had been conferred on four authors by 1991. After Maria Améry's death, the writer Robert Menasse used his prize money from the Austrian State Prize to revive the Jean Améry Prize in 2000.
In addition to being one of the few prizes for literary essay writing in Europe, the Jean Améry Prize is with an endowment of 15,000 EUR one of the highest endowed award of its kind in the world.
Earlier awardees were: