Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by New York Magazine and Wikipedia

Not to brag, but we’re totally bragging. Cohen of The Boston GlobeLee Hockstader of The Washington Post

Editorial Cartooning (no award given)Ken Fisher, drawing as Ruben Bolling, for “Tom the Dancing Bug,” Andrews McMeel SyndicateLalo Alcaraz, Andrews McMeel SyndicateMarty Two Bulls Sr., freelance cartoonist

Breaking News PhotographyPhotography Staff of Associated PressHassan Ammar, Hussein Malla and Felipe Dana of Associated PressJoshua Irwandi, freelance photographer, National Geographic

Feature PhotographyEmilio Morenatti of Associated PressStaff of Getty ImagesTyler Hicks of The New York Times

Audio ReportingLisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public RadioStaff of National Public RadioStaffs of the Invisible Institute, Chicago; The Intercept and Topic Studios

Books, Drama & Music

FictionThe Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth, by Daniel Mason (Little, Brown and Company)Telephone, by Percival Everett (Graywolf Press)

DramaThe Hot Wing King, by Katori HallCircle Jerk, by Michael Breslin and Patrick FoleyStew, by Zora Howard

HistoryFranchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, by Marcia Chatelain (Liveright/Norton)The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. Investigative ReportingMatt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy of The Boston GlobeDake Kang and the Staff of Associated PressMargie Mason and Robin McDowell of Associated Press

Explanatory ReportingEd Yong of The AtlanticAndrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts of ReutersMegha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News, New York

Local Reporting Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay TimesJack Dolan and Brittny Mejia of the Los Angeles TimesStaff of The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C. Winners and Finalists


Public ServiceThe New York TimesProPublicaThe Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. The annual awards recognize achievement in journalism, books, drama, and music. National ReportingStaffs of The Marshall Project;, Birmingham; IndyStar, Indianapolis; and the Invisible Institute, ChicagoStaff of The New York TimesStaff of The Wall Street Journal

International ReportingMegha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News, New YorkBuzzFeed News, New York, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Washington, D.C.Staff of The New York TimesStaff of The Wall Street Journal

Feature WritingNadja Drost, freelance contributor, The California Sunday MagazineMitchell S. Columbia University released the list of the 105th class of Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists on June 11. Jackson, freelance contributor, Runner’s WorldGreg Jaffe of The Washington Post

CommentaryMichael Paul Williams of the Richmond (Va.) Times-DispatchMelinda Henneberger of The Kansas City StarRoy S. Johnson of Alabama Media Group, Birmingham

CriticismWesley Morris of The New York TimesCraig Jenkins of New York MagazineMark Swed of the Los Angeles Times

Editorial WritingRobert Greene of the Los Angeles TimesAlan Wirzbicki and Rachelle G. Vulture and New York’s Craig Jenkins has been named a 2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Criticism “for writing on a range of popular topics, including social media, music and comedy, contending with the year’s disarray and exploring how culture and conversation can both flourish and break down online.” The New York Times’ Wesley Morris was named the winner of the category, while the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed was also named a finalist. Knopf)Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her World, by Amy Stanley (Scribner)

PoetryPostcolonial Love Poem, by Natalie Diaz (Graywolf Press)A Treatise on Stars, by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (New Directions)In the Lateness of the World, by Carolyn Forché (Penguin Press)

General NonfictionWilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, by David Zucchino (Atlantic Monthly Press)Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, by Cathy Park Hong (One World/Random House)Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country, by Sierra Crane Murdoch (Random House)

MusicStride, by Tania León, premiered on February 13, 2020 at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (Peermusic Classical)Data Lords, by Maria SchneiderPlace, by Ted Hearne

Special Citations

Special Awards and CitationsDarnella Frazier


Colson Whitehead Wins Second Pulitzer Prize, A Strange Loop Wins for Drama

Aretha Franklin, Fairview Among 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Tags: the United States of America, by Eric Cervini (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West, by Megan Kate Nelson (Scribner)

BiographyThe Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X, by the late Les Payne and Tamara Payne (Liveright/Norton)Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, by Heather Clark (Alfred A. Check out the full list of 2021 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists below. Breaking News ReportingStaff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.Helen Branswell, Andrew Joseph and the late Sharon Begley of STAT, Boston, Mass.Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.