I don't know the ins-and-outs of The Pulitzer Prize, never having - as of yet - won one. I don't know why it is up to a Pulitzer board to choose from the books apparently just vetted by a jury. Having been on literary juries myself and having - once - no definitive winner (even mathematically), it was decided that a joint prize be given. This would have been a better result than giving the appearance that no novel was worthy of a Pulitzer.
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by MARK MEMMOTT
One of the surprises from Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcements was the lack of an award in the fiction category. It's the first time since 1977 that the Pulitzer board hasn't given an award for fiction writing.
On Morning Edition today, Pulitzer fiction juror Susan Larson told NPR's Lynn Neary that she and the two other jurors are "shocked ... angry ... and very disappointed" that the Pulitzer board couldn't settle on a winner from among the three books that the jurors recommended.
"This was a lot of work," Larson said of the time that she and fellow jurors Maureen Corrigan and Michael Cunningham put in to read 300 books. "I think we all would have been happy if any of [the three] books had been selected."