Pulitzer Prize

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Comment by Edith Hosillos on July 1st, 2011 at 1:17 am

Is American citizenship required of candidates for the Pulitzer Prize? What would happen if someone won a Pulitzer prize and he is found to be not a legal citizen? Further, what would happen if he deliberately withheld his undocumented status? Is integrety of the candidate required? Will his prize money be taken from him?

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on July 1st, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for your comment and your interesting questions. As stated on the Pulitzer Prize website, “American citizenship is required for some of the Pulitzer Prizes, namely the Prizes in Letters, Drama and Music (with the exception of the History category in Letters where the book must be a history of the United States but the author may be of any nationality). For the Journalism competition, entrants may be of any nationality but work must have appeared in a U.S. newspaper published at least once a week, on a newspaper’s Web site or on an online news organization’s Web site.” Therefore, the answer regarding citizenship depends on the specific prize in question. For the prizes in journalism, the answer is that American citizenship is not required.

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