Literary Awards

The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery" - books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie and others.  The awards are given to materials first published in the United States by a living author either in hardcover, paperback original, or e-pubished.  The Agathas are awared in five categories: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Non-fiction, Best Short Story, Best Children's/Young Adult.
 
Presented annually by the Horror Writers of America for superior achievement in horror writing in twelve different categories.
 
Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, the Edgar Allan Poe Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film.
 
 Beginning in 1955, the Hugo Awards are science fiction's most prestigious awards.  The Hugos are presented to three main categories:  individual works suchs as a single book or film; people, such as editors and artists; and serial publicatons, such as fanzines.
 
The prize, established in 1968, seeks to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonweath or the Republic of Ireland.
 
The National Book Award
Since 1950, the National Book Award has recognized the best of American literature.  The awards are givien to recognize achievements in four categories:  Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry and Young People's Literature.
 
The Nebula Awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to celebrate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing.
 
The Nobel Prize in Literature is presented to "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work of an idealistic tendency." (quotation is an exerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)
 
The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to an author whose work best depicts American life.  Categories include fiction, drama, poetry, general nonfiction and biography.
 
Awarded by the Romance Writers of America, the RITA Awards promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding pubished romance novels and novellas.
 
The Spur Awards are given annually for distinguished writing about the American West.  This award was established in 1953 by the Western Writers of America.

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