I’ve decided to return to Misc. Maggie. I miss you guys. And I really sucked at the Dear Judy blog. In preparation for my first post, I’m providing you with some background information that may prove vital to enjoying aforementioned first post. It could also be completely boring and of no interest to anyone but I have now slyly let you know of my upcoming return to the site that has made me famous in my own mind.
The Edgar Awards
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre (I take it they mean the mystery genre). The Award is named for Edgar Allen Poe, who wrote scary things like “The Telltale Heart”, which was actually more gross than scary. There don’t seem to be many rules for the Edgar awards other than publishers submitting works but be on the approved publisher’s list or qualify to be added to the list. Books must be submitted during the month of publication. So the submitter doesn’t even know if it’s a hit before submitting it, unless it becomes a best seller super quick.
Nominations are usually announced in the middle of January (on or near Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday) of the following year and the winners are announced at the annual Edgar® Awards Banquet. The winner of the Best Novel wins the “Edgar” but they give out other awards, too.
There are a variety of Edgar awards for fiction, non-fiction and some special awards like:
- Mary Higgins Clark Award (since 2001) – this must be the award for books that end each chapter with something like “and then a hand reached out of the darkness!” or “she thought she was safe but saw the headlights behind her!”
The National Book Award
Since 1996, independent panels of five writers have chosen the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
Now, over a half-century since its inception, the National Book Awards continues to recognize the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers like Richard Powers, Jonathan Franzen, and Lily Tuck. I think I’ve read a book of Richard Powers’, no idea who Lily Tuck is and Jonathan Franzen was awarded the “Dave Eggers Award for Longest Book that Evolves into a Self-Indulgent Mess of Fabulous Vocabulary”.
Pulitzer Prize in Letters
Every year Columbia University awards the Pulitzer Prize in Letters of $10,000. “Books first published in the United States during 2014. All entries must be made available for purchase by the general public in either hardcover or bound paperback book form. (Just pushing ‘Publish’ doesn’t mean it’s a book).
The Pulitzer Board is made up of a lot of people, some I have heard of , some I haven’t. Go look for yourself.
YALSA’s Alex Award (Young Adult Library Services Organization)
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002. I like Alex Award books which says something about me but I’m not sure what. Also, the Chair and Admin of the Alex Award committee are in Portland. Just sayin.