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05/28/2021: Due to the delayed announcement of the 2021 winners and finalists, the 2022 Books, Drama and Music competitions (encompassing work first published or premiered in 2021) will open in mid-June. Stay tuned to Pulitzer.org and our How to Enter page for further updates.

Welcome to the entry site
for The Pulitzer Prizes in Books,
Drama and Music!


Each spring, Columbia University awards Pulitzer Prizes in seven books, drama and music categories. The winners are chosen by the Pulitzer Prize Board, which seeks to recognize excellence by eligible American writers, playwrights and composers.

For a list with definitions of the seven prize categories — Drama, Fiction, History, Biography, General Nonfiction, Poetry and Music — click here.

All entry forms and fees must be submitted electronically. Paper forms and checks are not accepted.


Preferred deadline for books published in the first half of the year: June 19, 2020. Final deadline for all book entries: October 1, 2020. Drama and Music entries are due by December 31, 2020.

Entry fee: $75 per entry - paid by credit card only (MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover).