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

09/10/2020: The 2021 Drama and Music competitions have opened. Please see the announcement for additional eligibility information.

06/01/2020: We are now accepting submissions for the 2021 cycle in all five book categories.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pulitzer Prizes exclusively will accept books entered in electronic form for the 2021 awards. The change will affect the Biography, General Nonfiction, History, Fiction and Poetry Prize categories.

Books, which must be available for purchase as hard copies, also must be submitted in PDF form with a 300 MB limit. Additionally, optional supplemental multimedia items for the work's potential winner or finalist page may be submitted alongside the PDF.

For additional information, please see the announcement at Pulitzer.org or email pulitzer@pulitzer.org.


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).