Just when you thought the cruelest month couldn’t get any crueler, the Pulitzer Prize Board has only gone and decided to postpone the most anticipated announcement in American letters . . . by two weeks.
Originally scheduled for Monday, April 20, the Prizes in Journalism, Books, Drama, and Music now will be announced on Monday, May 4, at 3 p.m.
“The Pulitzer board includes many high-level journalists who are on the frontlines of informing the public on the quickly evolving Coronavirus pandemic. As they focus on this critical mission, this postponement will provide additional time to thoroughly evaluate the 2020 Pulitzer finalists,” Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy said in a press release. “More than ever, this moment highlights journalism’s mission to provide a vital public service. It also demonstrates literature and the arts’ ability to transport and uplift the human spirit during trying times. The Pulitzer Prizes will continue its more than century-long mandate to celebrate such excellence.”
Fair enough, Dana. I guess we’ll all have to wait just a little bit longer to find out which authors will take home the big gold medallions.