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The Pulitzer Prizes – Frequently Asked Questions

11 January 2016

From The Pulitzer Prizes FAQ:

3. Must I be a U.S. citizen to apply for a Pulitzer Prize?

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for the Prizes in Letters, Drama and Music (with the exception of the History category in Letters where the book must be a history of the United States but the author may be of any nationality). For the Journalism competition, entrants may be of any nationality but work must have appeared in a U.S. newspaper published at least once a week, on a newspaper’s Web site, on an online news organization’s Web site, and in some categories, in a U.S. magazine published at least weekly or its Web site.

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7. Are self-published books eligible?

Self-published books are eligible. Books must be published in hardcover or paperback form. We do not accept books that have only been published digitally.

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6 Comments to “The Pulitzer Prizes – Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Question 1158. Does getting the Pulitzer Prize cause the item to sell better?

    We’re sure it does, it’s the Pulitzer Prize after all.

    • I know three Pulitzer prize winners. Two have survived every round of lay-offs and buy-outs that we’ve had; the other one went into TV news. So if nothing else you get job security and an attractive resume if you win the prize 🙂

      It wouldn’t surprise me if the prize failed to sell more books to the general public. It might at least get the book onto a syllabus, though.

  2. I’ve always liked that the Pulitzer prize is open to all authors, and so far as I remember (I submitted The Prodigal Hour for consideration back in 2012), it requires no entry fee, either.

    I’m looking forward to the day when an indie title wins one. I don’t think it will be long before that happens.

    • Just checked it out; it’s only for books published in 2015 IF you get the book information to them by Oct. 2015 – even in galleys or pdf or whatever – I’m guessing you’ll have better luck if it’s finished.

      So if your book was published in 2015, you’re out of luck.

      Write another, submit BEFORE the deadline for 2016 – they open their submission process in May. And be prepared to MOVE with the paperwork.

  3. So let’s get this straight, if I apply, I can use the tagline:

    “Under consideration for a Pulitzer prize.”

    Right? 🙂

  4. I think the Pulitzer was a grand idea once. But most of us cant name the yearly winners over the last 20 years even of the poets, historians, novelists who won, let alone in the science categories. Although having read some of the history winners, they are a wild and much needed group of researchers who dig up ‘the real’ instead of the propaganda of the times. Very valuable.

    Not sure how a manuscript in pdf is different in value in any way whether it is headed to become a book in 1s and 0s, or in paper and ink. That seems illogical.

    I think we all should apply, even if they are ebooks. Then we would receive a letter back certifying our ineligibilty, which might be great evidence of our being outliers for certain. lol

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