WTF Happened With The 2011 Fiction Pulitzer


The Pulitzer Awards were just announced, and oddly enough, there was no selection for the fiction category. You heard me right. There was no Pulitzer Prize granted to a work of fiction from 2011. So how could this possibly happen? A mistake? A missed deadline? An oversight?

According to Laura Miller, it’s no mistake. The Pulitzer panel simply decided not to grant the award.

Miller, who served on the Pulitzer jury a several years ago, reveals the process of selection. “The first tier is the jury’s selection. Three jurors (usually an academic, a critic and a fiction writer) are responsible for wading through huge boxfuls of books. Anyone can submit his or her book to the Pulitzer competition for a small fee, and believe me: anyone does.”

The jury selects three titles and recommends them to the Pulitzer Board. This Board chooses the winner from the recommended batch for each category of the Pulitzer Prize. The board may also choose to select a title that is not on the jury’s list, but, according to Miller, this rarely happens.

Just to clarify

This seems to be how it went down:

Jury: “Hey, Board, we’ve read a ton books – actually, literally speaking, at least two or three tons of books. Basically, a shitload of books. But, we’ve finally narrowed it done to three books which we all agree are the best and most deserving works of fiction. So, uh, we’ll just leave these here for you to take a look at, and uh, tell us what you think. k? thnx.”

Board: “Um…… no.”

Jury: “Oh. Ok. I guess those three picks weren’t your faves. It’s cool. Of course, there always is the option of you just choosing whatever book you want. Any book. At all. Just let us know. k? thnx.”

Board: “Uhhh. Hmmmm. Yeahno. Maybe next year.”

Seriously? You have one job, Panel. One job! You can’t just pass. Continue reading “WTF Happened With The 2011 Fiction Pulitzer”


I haven’t been keeping up with posts this past December. I was starting to reach a good stride there, but then I dropped the ball. After an onslaught of travel, computer/camera problems, a new job, and a busy holiday season, I am back and I have big plans for the website. You can expect regular content from here on out. Make sure to sign up for the email list – just look in the sidebar to the right of the page. It’s just a way to stay updated with Wing Chair Books. I plan on giving away books to subscribers. I promise I would never spam you.

Since this is the start of a new year, I will begin posting my obligatory year-end lists. Some lists you can expect to read here within the next week or two will include a general best-of list, where I’ll talk about my favorite reads of 2010. Then you can expect a favorite-books-I-did-not-read list, in which I will talk about all the books that came out in 2010 that I really wanted to read, but did not have the time to do so. I will also be posting a complete list of all the books I read during 2010.

Also, from now on I plan on drawing a picture of the cover of each book I read. These illustrations will be simple black pen drawings, and I will include them in the post for each book I review.

That is all for now.
Let’s have fun together in 2011.