Since the first awards were presented in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize has become the foremost American prize in journalism and literature. Created by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the awards continue his passion for excellence in writing and serving the public through the craft. Each prize category has its own judging criteria, but all prize winners must exhibit outstanding skill and create works that convey a forceful message.
Pulitzers are presented annually in 21 categories, primarily in journalism and literature but also include photography, cartoons, drama, and music. The prizes include a certificate and cash award, and a gold medal for the public service winner. IU has a proud tradition of developing exceptional journalists and writers.