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Award Winners 2022: About the Awards

Award Winners

About the Awards

The Pulitzer Prize for fiction and non-fiction is awarded to works in five categories: 

  • For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
  • For a distinguished and appropriately documented book upon the history of the United States.
  • For a distinguished and appropriately documented biography, autobiography or memoir by an American author.
  • For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author.
  • For a distinguished and appropriately documented book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category.

For more information, visit https://www.pulitzer.org/page/administration-prizes.

The Man Booker Prize is awarded to "what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland."

For more information, visit https://thebookerprizes.com/the-booker-prize/about-the-booker-prize.

The Edgar Awards are judged in a number of different mystery-related categories, but generally "all books, short stories and television shows in the mystery, crime, suspense, and intrigue fields are eligible for Edgar® Awards in their respective category if they were published or produced for the first time in the U.S. during the 2022 calendar year." 

For more information, visit https://mysterywriters.org/edgars/edgar-award-category-information/.

The Nebula Awards are judged in a number of different science-fiction-related categories, but generally "all works first published in English, in the United States, during the calendar year, in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or a related fiction genre are eligible for the Nebula Awards® in their respective categories."

For more information, visit https://nebulas.sfwa.org/about-the-nebulas/nebula-rules/.

The National Book Award is an annual award that aims to celebrate the best writing in America. Current categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature, though other categories have been included in the past.

For more information, visit https://www.nationalbook.org/national-book-awards/how-works/.

The YALSA Best Fiction List presents a collection of "fiction titles published for young adults in the past 14 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18." The list is provided as a tool for collection development for librarians and serves as a guideline for book selection. The list is compiled each year by the Blogging Team of the Young Adult Library Services Association, which is a division of the American Library Association.

For more information, visit https://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults.

The Printz Award honors the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year." The honor books reflect this literary merit in Young Adult literature, as well. It is awarded by Association for Library Service to Children, which is a division of the American Library Association.

For more information, visit https://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz.

The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." It is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, which is a division of the American Library Association.

For more information, visit https://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecott.

The Newbery Award is awarded each year to "the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." It is awarded by Association for Library Service to Children, which is a division of the American Library Association.

For more information, visit https://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newbery.

The Massachusetts Children's Book Award began as a program to encourage children to read worthwhile books. Winners are determined by votes from the children of the general public, who are in charge of deciding which title they would like to choose as book of the year.

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/arps.org/mcbamashup/home.