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Pulitzer Prize Facts

US Award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition

  • Pulitzer Prize was instituted in 1917 by provisions in the will of American publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
  • The Awards are administered by Columbia University in New York City.
  • Pulitzer is pronounced "pull it sir."
  • The winner of the Award receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award.
  • The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.
  • Music category was added in 1943.
  • Non-fiction category was added in 1962.
  • Starting 2012, all entries for the awards are to be submitted electronically.
  • There is a $50 entry fee paid for each desired entry category of the award.
  • Nelson Harding is the only person to have won a prize in two consecutive years.
  • No single person has won awards for both the arts and letters category and the journalism category so far.
  • For the 2014 awards, there are 21 categories and five fellowships.
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