In general, the Pulitzer Prize winners are chosen from among the three nominated finalists in each category by the Pulitzer Prize Board. An entry or submission is work that has been submitted for consideration for a prize but has not been chosen as a nominated finalist or a winner. For example, if two articles are nominated for writing awards, those articles cannot be the same work. The board may choose to award the prizes where there are more than three nominees per category. In such cases, they will usually select one winner and sometimes another runner-up.
The board meets once a year on the first Monday in January at Columbia University's School of Journalism in New York City. Members of the public are invited to attend its meetings.
Any person or organization can submit entries for consideration by e-mailing them no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of December (USA time). There is no fee for submitting an entry. If your entry is selected for a prize, the publisher of the magazine or website will notify you by mail.
Submissions should include the title of the article, the name of the author(s), and a brief description of the article. Only published works written in English by citizens of the United States are eligible for publication in the magazine. Previously published material is not eligible for entry into the contest.
Only since 1980 have the identities of the nominated finalists been made public. Before then, the judges who selected the winners had discretion as to whom they chose; for example, all but one of the winners between 1913 and 1947 were American authors or artists.
Since 1948, the board has required that at least two members of the panel be non-writers, with at least one member having to be a person of color. In that year, the board also began requiring that at least one of the final nominees be a work written in English. The only exception was in 1973, when no award was given because there were too many nominations (12) and they wanted to avoid a tie vote.
The board's goal is to select winners who will "demonstrate excellence beyond comparison." While this is not stated explicitly in the rules, it can be inferred from the fact that only three candidates per category are considered for nomination. The board tries to pick winners who are as different as possible within those limits, in an effort to produce diverse results. For example, while one candidate may be more prominent than others, none of them is likely to be a weak performer or unknown outside their field.
All submissions must be made through the Pulitzer entry site utilizing our online entry form. Anyone, whether a news organization's editor, an individual journalist, or a reader, may submit content to the Pulitzer Prize competition. Submissions must comply with Pulitzer's writing guidelines and contain an introduction of no more than 300 words explaining the significance of the work and why it should be considered for recognition. Authors must also include their full name, home address, phone number, and email address.
Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Pulitzer Prize Board who will select finalists whose work is deemed worthy of consideration by the Committee on Awards. The Committee on Awards will then review the final list of candidates and choose the winner. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. ET on February 10th.
The Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism are given out in fifteen different categories. Any individual may submit an entry based on content from a United States newspaper, magazine, or news website that publishes on a regular basis throughout the calendar year and adheres to the highest journalistic norms.
Submissions must be made by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on March 1. The judges who decide which entries are worthy include prominent journalists, writers, photographers, and editors from both within and outside of journalism. They are chosen by their ability to identify those publications that best serve the public interest.
Categories vary in requirements, but all involve some form of writing as the entry material. Some categories focus on a particular subject matter while others seek articles that deal with issues within their broad scope. There is no limit to the number of prizes that can be awarded annually.
Nominations for the Pulitzers are determined by members of the Pulitzer Board, which includes one representative from each of the following groups: existing prize winners, current faculty members of selected university or college departments or schools, former board members, members of the general public. Each member is assigned a number of votes depending on the category they represent; for example, a former board member can't vote on matters relating to their previous position but can vote on other matters before the panel.
The Pulitzer Prize (/'[email protected]/) is an award given in the United States for accomplishments in newspaper, magazine, internet journalism, literature, and musical composition. It was created by Adolph Ochs, former owner of The New York Times, who in 1896 awarded his company's prizes for excellence in journalism. He called them the Pulitzers because they were worth $10,000 (about $150,000 in today's dollars).
The first Pulitzer Prize was given to William Randolph Hearst for his newspapers' work during the Spanish-American War. Since then, over 300 people have been awarded the prize. No one has won more than two Pulitzer Prizes.
Joseph Pulitzer, creator of the prize, was a Hungarian-American publisher who built one of the largest printing presses in America and published the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He also founded the Committee for the Protection of Foreign Born, which promoted immigration laws that would benefit American workers. Mr. Pulitzer died at the age of 44 while on a business trip to Europe.
The prize is now administered by the Columbia University School of Journalism. It is named after Joseph Pulitzer, with the winner selected by an editorial board composed of journalists from each of the major news organizations in the United States.
21 honors Each year, around 2,500 submissions are submitted for the Pulitzer Prize categories, with just 21 honors often given.
The awards are given in eight journalism categories and one general prize. The categories are: newspaper drama/novelty, investigative reporting, editorial writing, commentary/editorial, youth literature (18 or under), photography, international reporting, and documentary photography.
Submissions are accepted from journalists worldwide. Only articles that have been published (in print or on the Internet) during the previous year can be considered. No unpublished material will be accepted.
Deadlines vary by category but are typically in early November. Winners are announced in mid-April of the following year.
In addition to these annual prizes, winners are also honored with a Pulitzer Prize Medal. The medal is made of gold for those who win in more than one category and silver for single-category winners. A bronze medal is awarded to people who win for different articles in different categories.
The first Pulitzer Prize was given in 1903 to Henry Lee Higginson and Edward B. Vreeland for their article on the San Francisco earthquake that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A Pulitzer Prize is one of several yearly awards given by Columbia University in New York City for exceptional public service and achievement in American journalism, writing, and music. Fellowships are also given out. The prizes were established by Joseph E. W. Baxter and his wife, Mary M. (Wharton) Baxter, members of the board of directors of The New York Times Company. They gave their name to one of the paper's four printing presses.
Baxter Presses have been awarded every year since 1893 with the exception of 1918 when due to the war year there was no prize ceremony. Before that time, recipients were selected by a committee of newspaper people who met in secret to avoid influencing the editorial policy of their publications.
The prizes are considered the highest honor for writers, journalists, and artists of any kind, acting alone or as a team, at any American newspaper or magazine.
In addition to being published in The New York Times, the prizes are also presented in hundreds of other newspapers and magazines around the world. The prizes consist of $35,000 paid over five years into accounts set up for each recipient. The money may be used by the recipient to further their work in media appreciation.