The poor jurors for the Fiction prize, which the Pulitzer board will NOT award this year:
[Maureen] Corrigan, along with Susan Larson, former books editor of The Times-Picayune and host of The Reading Life on WWNO-FM, and Michael Cunningham, author of the 1999 Pulitzer winner The Hours, read about 300 novels each over the course of six months. They then met and corresponded to pick the required three finalists: the late David Foster Wallace’s posthumous and unfinished The Pale King, which was pieced together from manuscripts by Wallace’s editor, Michael Pietsch; the young Karen Russell’s quaintly surreal debut Swamplandia!; and Denis Johnson’s stark and spare novella Train Dreams. The three were submitted to the Pulitzer Prize board, made up of 20 journalists and academics, 18 of them voting members, who must come to a majority vote on the winner. Or not, as was the case this year.
300 novels in six months! And then no majority vote for any of the three they picked, yikes!
And yes, not unheard of that the board did not award a prize based on lack of majority, but the last time this happened with the fiction prize, Jimmy Carter was President of the USA.