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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year. As the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel, it was one of the original Pulitzers; the program was inaugurated in 1917 with seven prizes, four of which were awarded that year.[1] (No Novel prize was awarded in 1917; the first was awarded in 1918.)[2]

Finalists have been announced since 1980, ordinarily a total of three.[2]



In 31 years under the "Novel" name, the prize was awarded 27 times; in its first 69 years to 2016 under the "Fiction" name, 62 times. In 11 years, no novel received the award. It has never been shared by two authors.[2] Three writers have won two prizes each in the Fiction category: Booth Tarkington, William Faulkner, and John Updike.



  • 1920: no award givenCite error: The <ref> tag name cannot be a simple integer (see the help page).







Entries from this point on include the finalists listed after the winner for each year.





Repeat winnersEdit

Three writers to date have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction multiple times, one nominally in the novel category and two in the general fiction category. Ernest Hemingway was selected by the 1941 and 1953 juries, but the former was overturned and no 1941 award was given.Cite error: The <ref> tag name cannot be a simple integer (see the help page).



  1. ^ "1917 Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes ( Retrieved 2018-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pulitzer Prize for the Novel". The Pulitzer Prizes ( Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  3. ^ Fischer,, Heinz Dietrich (2007). Chronicle of the Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction: Discussions, Decisions, and Documents. The Pulitzer Prize Archive: A History and Anthology of Award-winning Materials in Journalism, Letters, and Arts (ISBN 3598301707). 21. Fischer, Erika J. München: K.G. Saur. p. 4. ISBN 9783598301919. OCLC 811400969. 
  4. ^ a b c d McDowell, Edwin. "PUBLISHING: PULITZER CONTROVERSIES" . The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-04-19. [I]n 1941, after both the jury and the board voted to give the fiction prize to Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls, Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia and ex-officio chairman of the board, forced the board to change its vote because he found the book offensive. 
  5. ^ Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (1997). Novel/Fiction Awards 1917-1994: From Pearl S. Buck and Margaret Mitchell to Ernest Hemingway and John Updike. The Pulitzer Prize Archive. 10 (in part D, "Belles Lettres"). München: K.G. Saur. pp. LX–LXI. ISBN 9783110972115. OCLC 811400780. 
  6. ^ "2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners & Finalists". The Pulitzer Prizes ( Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Fiction," The Pulitzer Prizes official website. Accessed Dec. 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction". The Pulitzer Prizes ( Retrieved 24 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "2017 Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes ( Retrieved 24 December 2017. 

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