The winners of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize were announced on Monday at the Columbia University, according to Washington Post. Most of the awards were received by people who did an outstanding work in the field of journalism, but there were also several prizes for arts and poetry. This year’s edition did not include an award for fiction.
The Pulitzer Prize Board gathered on Monday, April 16, to bring recognition to various journalists and artists for the work they did in the year 2011. The entries had to be submitted by January 25, 2012 and unlike the previous years, the papers for journalism had to be sent now through online means of communication.
There are 21 prizes grouped in three major categories, that is, journalism, letters and drama, as well as music. The journalistic category includes the largest numbers of prizes. This year, the winner of the Public Service Award was The Philadelphia Inquirer because the publication managed to perfectly illustrate violence in local schools. The Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News was rewarded with a Breaking News Prize due to their “enterprising coverage of a deadly tornado”. Investigative reporters, Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley, who work for the Associated Press, were awarded for the excellent job they did to reveal the spying program used by the New York Police Department to monitor Muslim communities.
There was no winner this year for the Fiction Award in the category of letters and drama, but Quiara Alegría Hudes’ play “Water by the Spoonful” was declared the best. Tracy K. Smith wrote one of the most interesting collections of poems, “Life on Mars”. As a result, she was honored with a poetry award because she managed to take readers to another dimension: the universe and kept them entertained throughout the volume with both joyous and sad poems.
The Pulitzer Prize for Music was won this year by Kevin Puts. The American composer drew the board’s interest with his opera “Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts” in which he tells the story of a spontaneous cease-fire between Scottish, German and French troops during World War I.
According to the jury, there was no prize for the fiction category because none of the books that were presented were worthy of an award. The rest of the winners received checks of $10,000.