Pulit-Surprise! Pulitzer Prize winners leaked.

April Fool!Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger with the Pulitzer Prize, a list of this year’s award winners and finalists has been leaked a full two weeks before their scheduled announcement on April 15.

It has been a trying season for the prestigious award, now in its 97th year. On February 22, the business site Quartz obtained and published a partial list of the Pulitzer’s top secret jury (and Muckrack invited curious readers to search for any telltale tweets). Now it seems that one of those same jurors burning the midnight oil in prize deliberations at Columbia University last Friday night had made notes of the finalized list in his cell phone, which he then left in a nearby cafe. The list wound up in the hands of a community blogger, who published it on Easter morning; the authenticity of the list has since been confirmed. As surprising as the leak itself was, the real shocker may be some of this year’s award winners, sure to prove even more controversial than last year’s.

Many of the journalism awards came as no surprise, The New York Times racking up its 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th, 113th and 114th Pulitzers across an array of categories, although some were puzzled by the debut of a new category, the feuilleton. (Asked for comment, this year’s feuilleton prize winner Jenny Lawson said “I don’t even know what a feuilleton is. I’m a blogger.”) But it was the prizes for Letters, Drama and Music that had jaws dropping with their startling and unprecidented concessions to popular taste, fueling speculation that something must have gone seriously haywire with this year’s selection process. Here’s a taste:

Find the complete list of the 2013 Pulitzer winners and nominees here.

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17 Responses to Pulit-Surprise! Pulitzer Prize winners leaked.

  1. Susan says:

    Good one – I fell for it and my jaw hit the ground.

  2. empoprises says:

    Oh when, oh when will Weekly World News journalist Ed Anger receive his due?

  3. Hilarious! Nicely done.

  4. Linda J. says:

    I’m so happy to see Sylvia Browne recognized for her investigative reporting on the other side. This particular work delves deep into what Heath Ledger and JFK are up to these days, information apparently unavailable to other fine journalists.

  5. Linda J. says:

    (Also: Bravo to you!)

  6. Great sense of humor! I loved this…

  7. David W says:

    Thanks for that, Linda – I believe this award was for her previous groundbreaking work in the prior incarnations of those beings reincarnated as celebs. Also fascinating.

  8. Robin Gaige says:

    Excellent. Left me giggling.

  9. Laura Mccaffery says:

    Good one!

  10. Michael E. says:

    Thanks for sharing this insider information! I’m disappointed that James Frey, Stephen Glass, or JT LeRoy, each nominated in the Feuilleton category for their wonderfully inventive writing, did not win this year.

  11. Lulu says:

    I was pretty sure it was an April Fools prank when I saw “it’s” used incorrectly in the first sentence of the second paragraph. Ahem. =)

  12. David W says:

    Well of course that was intentional, Lulu – it is April Fool’s day for grammarians, too! (Corrected, thx).

  13. haydenspl says:

    That Simon Cowell bio is a real book. Wowzers.

  14. Abby says:

    Oh come on, we all know Carly Rae really deserves that Pulitzer!

  15. chirsta says:

    I think that poetry pick is a real contender. It is the only poetry book I read that I could understand.

  16. Guy says:

    I fell for it sink, line, and Booker for Benny Hill.

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