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Literary Awards

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Named for William Faulkner and affiliated with PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists), the international writers' organization, this yearly award recognizes the best, published works of fiction by contemporary American writers.

Pulitzer Prizes
Established in 1917, 21 Pulitzer Prizes are awarded each April in categories, which include American journalism, biography or autobiography, original verse, and nonfiction.

National Book Awards
Here you will find up to date information about awards given by a consortium of book publishers to recognize achievements in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.

Awards in Genre Fiction

This is the place to go for a collection of links devoted to award-winning works of science fiction. While that is the main focus, there is also current information about some of the other major literary awards.

The Mythopoeic Awards
Sponsored by The Mythopoeic Society, a non-profit international literary and educational organization for the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantasy and mythic literature, especially the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.

Children's Book Awards

Coretta Scott King Award
The Coretta Scott King Task Force awards “authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the ‘American dream.’”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal
The Association for Library Service to Children presents this award every three years to an author or illustrator “whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.”

Michael L. Prinz Award
The Michael L. Prinz Award For Excellence in Young Adult Literature is for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Newbery Medal
The Association for Library Service to Children awards authors of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

Pura Belpre Award
The Association for Library Service to Children and the National Association to Promote Library Services to the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) co-sponsor this biennial award to a Latino/Latina author and illustrator “whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.”


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