We hear about these numerous awards during the year, but we mostly focus on the PEOPLE who have won them. What about the TROPHIES, the PLAQUES, the COINS?? Frankly, they’ve been ignored, and it’s time to make it up to them. So here, for your viewing pleasure, is an award pageant, where these tangible proofs of literary skill can finally have their due.
Bram Stoker Awards: presented each year by the Horror Writers’ Association for superior achievement in the horror genre; past winners include Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, and Stephen King. (image source)
Franz Kafka Prize: given to the writer who’s work’s “humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times”; previous winners include Philip Roth and Haruki Murakami. (image source)
Hans Christian Andersen Award: the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books, given by the International Board on Books for Young People every other year; previous winners include Katherine Paterson and Maria Teresa Andruetto. (image source)
PEN/Hemingway Award: a national literary honor given to an author of a first book of fiction; previous winners include Marilynne Robinson, Ha Jin, and Jhumpa Lahiri. (image source)
|Patrick Hemingway (center) and the winner, Kevin Powers (right)|
Hugo Award: given each year at the World Science Fiction Conference; past winners for best novel include Arthur C. Clarke, Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, and Orson Scott Card. (image source)
|Eleanor Catton won this year for THE LUMINARIES|
Newbery Medal: awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children; previous winners include Lois Lowry, Beverly Cleary, and Scott O’Dell. (image source)
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|(L-R) Faulkner, Bellow, and Morrison receiving the Nobel Prize|
Pulitzer Prize: given for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life; previous fiction winners include Geraldine Brooks and Junot Diaz. (image source: wikipedia)
OTHER PRIZES OF NOTE THAT DON’T HAVE MEDALS/TROPHIES/OTHER COOL STUFF
Bollingen Prize: named after Carl Jung’s home in Switzerland; awarded every two years for the best volume of poetry published in those years or for a poet’s lifetime achievement in his or her art; past winners include John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, Louise Glück, Stanley Kunitz, W.S. Merwin, and Richard Wilbur.
O. Henry Award: an annual American award given to short stories of exceptional merit; previous winners include Sherman Alexie and Alice Munro. (Winners are published in a collection).
(first posted on Book Riot 11/19/13)