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2012 Pulitzer Prize winners announced. No fiction prize awarded

The Swerve

The 2012 winners of the Pulitzer Prize, celebrating achievement in newspaper and online journalism, literature, nonfiction and musical composition, were announced this afternoon in New York City. For the first time since 1977, the Pulitzer judges have opted not to award a prize in fiction. See the list of winners below:


Fiction No award
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
History Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by the late Manning Marable (Viking)
Biography George F. Kennan: An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press)
Poetry Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
General Nonfiction The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton and Company)
Music Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts by Kevin Puts (Aperto Press)


Public Service - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Breaking News Reporting - The Tuscaloosa News staff
Investigative Reporting
- Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley of the Associated Press and Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times
Explanatory Reporting
- David Kocieniewski of The New York Times
Local Reporting - Sara Ganim and members of The Patriot-News staff, Harrisburg, Pa.
National Reporting - David Wood of The Huffington Post
International Reporting - Jeffrey Gettleman of The New York Times
Feature Writing - Eli Sanders of The Stranger, a Seattle weekly
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
Feature Photography - Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

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