Pulitzer Prizes for 2012 Announced, No Fiction Award

Pulitzer The Pulitzer Prizes for 2012 have been announced and disappointingly no prize for the fiction category has been awarded. Apparently, the 20-person Pulitzer board was unable to agree on a winner from the three nominated novels - Karen Russell’s Swamplandia, David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King and Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams.

It’s a shame because a Pulitzer prize guarantees a huge readership for the winning book; Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad reached a much wider audience after it won the prize last year.

It’s not the first time no fiction Pulitzer has been awarded. In 1977 Norman Maclean’s novel [A River Runs Through It](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_River_Runs_Through_It_(novel) was nominated for the prize by the fiction jury, only for the board to ignore it and decide to award no winner that year. At least this year’s non-result isn’t quite as damning as that.

Here are the other Pulitzer winners for 2012:

Letters, Drama, and Music

Drama
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes

History
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Manning Marable

Biography or Autobiography
George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis

Poetry
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

General Nonfiction
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Music
Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts

Journalism

Public Service
The Philadelphia Inquirer for ‘Assault on Learning’

Breaking News Reporting
The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff

Investigative Reporting
Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press for ‘Probe Into NYPD Intelligence Operations

Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times for ‘Methadone and the Politics of Pain’

Explanatory Reporting
David Kocieniewski of The New York Times for ‘But Nobody Pays That’

Local Reporting
Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News Staff, Harrisburg, PA

National Reporting
David Wood of The Huffington Post for ‘Beyond the Battlefield’

International Reporting
Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times

Feature Writing
Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle (Wash.) weekly for ‘The Bravest Woman in Seattle’

Commentary
Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune

Criticism
Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe

Editorial Writing
No award

Editorial Cartooning
Matt Wuerker of POLITICO

Breaking News Photography
Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse (for his devastating photograph of a young Shiite woman, bloody and screaming after a suicide attack in Kabul

Feature Photography
Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post (for his moving photography of Iraq War Veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder)