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Winners of 2018 Pulitzer Prize

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The prestigious Pulitzer Prizes for achievements in journalism, literature and musical composition were announced on April 16, 2018. This was the 102nd edition of Pulitzer Prizes.

Winners of 2018 Pulitzer Prize Andrew Sean Greer’s ‘Less’ wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction:

Coming as a positive surprise, a comic novel, ‘Less’, written by Andrew Sean Greer has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. This year’s winner defied the unwritten convention that Pulitzer Prize for fiction is awarded to books based on a serious theme.

  • ‘Less’ is about a 49-year-old struggling San Francisco-based author, Arthur Less, who decides to tour the world to escape himself.
  • As per Pulitzer Prize Committee, ‘“Less” is “a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and the essential nature of love.”

Kendrick Lamar becomes 1st rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize:

On April 16, 2018, 30-year old Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.

  • Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album ‘DAMN’.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Music has been awarded 67 times since its inception in 1943.
  • However, this was the first time that it has been given to an artist outside of the classical or jazz community.

Winners of 2018 Pulitzer Prize – Letters, Drama & Music:

Category Winners
Fiction Less, by Andrew Sean Greer
Drama Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok
Poetry Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016, by Frank Bidart
History The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis
General Nonfiction Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, by James Forman Jr.
Biography Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Frase
Music DAMN, by Kendrick Lamar

Winners of 2018 Pulitzer Prize – Journalism:

The coveted Pulitzer Prize in Public Service category went to The New York Times and The New Yorker for their revelations of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood.

Category Winners
Public Service The New York Times, for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and The New Yorker, for reporting by Ronan Farrow
Breaking News Reporting Staff of The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California
Investigative Reporting Staff of The Washington Post
Explanatory Reporting Staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network
Local Reporting The Cincinnati Enquirer Staff
National Reporting Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post
International Reporting Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato of Reuters
Feature Writing Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, freelance reporter, GQ
Commentary John Archibald of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham, Alabama
Criticism Jerry Saltz of New York magazine
Editorial Writing Andie Dominick of The Des Moines Register
Editorial Cartooning Jake Halpern, freelance writer, and Michael Sloan, freelance cartoonist, The New York Times
Breaking News Photography Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia
Feature Photography Photography Staff of Reuters


Quick Facts about Pulitzer Prize:
♦ Awarded For: Outstanding achievements in journalism, literature and musical composition
♦ First Awarded in: 1917, by provisions in the will of Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American newspaper publisher
♦ Administered By: Columbia University
♦ Prize: Gold Medal for the winner in Public Service Category of Journalism. All other winners receive Certificate and $15000 Cash Prize