|Pulitzer Prize Medal|
The announcements might get a bit more press this year since, of the list of winners, the winning work of fiction is a blank space--the committee decided that none of the finalist-books in the fiction section merited the Pulitzer. Finalists, but not fine enough, evidently for more than that.
According to the administrator of the prizes (via the L.A. Times), This isn't the first, but eleventh, time to happen in the fiction side of the Pulitzers.
No doubt this decision will raise a flurry of discussion in the fiction world--among writers, editors, publishers, and readers. For, while we've gotten the memo that there was no prize, now it's time to decide, or consider, what the memo means in terms of what the committee is suggesting about quality.
|Picasso and the Bull Out of Light, in Life|
For a list of all the winners, visit the Pulitzer website.
The next running of the writers is for The National Book Award. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2012 (postmark date). Works published between December 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012 are eligible . . . but with eligibility also must come a publisher who can afford these conditions (among others) of the prize:
All publishers submitting books for the National Book Award must agree to:
- Contribute $1,000 toward a promotional campaign if a submitted book becomes a Finalist.
- Cover all travel and accommodation costs for Finalists and provide them with seats at the Awards Ceremony.
- Purchase from the National Book Foundation, when appropriate, medallions to be affixed to the covers of Finalist and Winning books. [bold, mine] The Foundation will also license the medallion image artwork for reproduction on the covers of Finalist and Winning books.
- Inform authors that, if selected as Finalists, they must agree to participate in the Foundation's website-related publicity.