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The Pulitzer Prizes
In writing his 1904 will, which made provision for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes as an incentive to excellence, Pulitzer specified solely four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and four traveling scholarships. In letters, prizes were to go to an American novel, an original American play performed in New York, a book on the history of the United States, an American biography, and a history of public service by the press.
The National Book Foundation
On March 15, 1950, a consortium of book publishing groups sponsored the first annual National Book Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Their goal was to enhance the public's awareness of exceptional books written by fellow Americans, and to increase the popularity of reading in general.
The Nobel Prize for Literature
Literature is one of the five prize areas mentioned in Alfred Nobel's will. The will was, however, partly incomplete. Nobel simply stated that prizes be given to those who, during the preceding year, "shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind" and that one part be given to the person who "shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction."
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
When William Faulkner won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, he gave a speech memorable for its insistence on the survival of all that is noble in the human spirit, especially the talent and inspiration of the writer. Then he gave away the prize money to establish a fund to support and encourage new fiction writers. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is the successor to William Faulkner's generosity. It is an award designed to be independent of the demands of the publishing industry, free from all constraints of sales and marketing, free to flow from the judgment of a writer's peers.
The National Book Critics Award
The Purpose of National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) is to encourage and raise the quality of book criticism in all media, and to provide for an exchange of information between fellow professionals. The NBCC publishes a journal and annually gives awards to the most distinguished books in the categories of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Biography and Criticism. It presents an annual citation for excellence in reviewing to an NBCC member. Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English.
Whitbread Book Awards (United Kingdom)
Since its launch in 1971, its structure has evolved; but it has never diverted from its original ethos of identifying and celebrating some of the most enjoyable books published in the UK each year across a number of different genres.
The Hugo Award (Science Fiction)
The Hugo Award was named in honor of Hugo Gernsback, "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction," as he was described in a special award given to him in 1960. The Hugo Award, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award, is given annually by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). The distinguishing characteristics of the Hugo Award are that it is sponsored by WSFS, administered by the committee of the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) held that year, and determined by nominations from and a popular vote of the membership of WSFS. In general, a Hugo Award given in a particular year is for work that appeared in the previous calendar year.
The Book Sense Book of the Year
The Book Sense Book of the Year Award -- formerly known as the "ABBY Award" -- was inaugurated on June 2 at Book Expo America 2000. Winners are chosen by independent booksellers across the country who vote for the titles they most enjoyed hand selling to their customers in the previous year.
Bram Stoker Award (Horror)
Each year, the Horror Writer's Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization's incorporation in 1987. While many members, including HWA's first President, Dean Koontz, had reservations about awards for writing -- since the point of HWA was for writers to cooperate for their mutual benefit, not to compete against one another -- the majority of members heavily favored presenting awards, both to recognize outstanding work in the horror field and to publicize HWA's activities. The first awards were presented in 1988 (for works published in 1987), and they have been presented every year since.
Contemporary Writers in the UK
This unique, searchable database contains up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers - biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs. Searchable by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date.
A new section allows you to search the database for authors on Contemporary Writers who have been short listed for - or have won - some of the most prestigious literary awards and prizes.
RITA Award (Romance)
The Romance Writers of America�s RITA� is the highest award of excellence in the genre of romance fiction. The golden statuette, named after RWA�s first president, Rita Clay Estrada, is a symbol for the very best that romance fiction has to offer each year. RITAs are awarded to the romance novels that received the highest scores from panels of romance-author judges.
Edgar Award (Mystery)
The Edgar Allan Poe Awards(sm)(the "Edgars(sm)") are named after Mystery Writers of America patron saint, Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories of the genre.
The Agatha Award (In Honor of Agatha Christie)
The Agatha Awards honor the traditional mystery�-books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is generally characterized by mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, they have a confined setting and characters who know one another. Novels and stories featuring police officers and private detectives may qualifyfor the Agatha, but materials generally classified as �hard boiled� are not appropriate.
The Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Coretta Scott King Award
The award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table. Recipients are authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream."
The Database of Award Winning Children�s Literature (DAWCL)
DAWCL has over 4,000 records from 50 awards across five English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom). Click the link Explanation of Awards above to see a list of awards, their countries, and a brief explanation. Each book is indexed to some degree so users can find it using the form search or the keyword search.