A three-person fiction jury read 314 books before deciding on three finalists, but a Pulitzer Prize winner was not selected. In Pulitzer history, fiction has not had a winner 11 times.
Pulitzer juror Susan Larson said she and the rest of the fiction jury are 'shocked … angry … and very disappointed' that the Pulitzer board elected not to choose a 2012 fiction winner.
Anthony Shadid won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 2010 for his reporting in Iraq. Anthony Shadid died Thursday at the tail end of a covert reporting trip in Syria.
Granting the prizes to more online work would raise standards.