October 27, 2015

The Pulitzer Prizes, America’s top honor for journalism, announced on Tuesday that online and print magazines are now eligible to enter categories for international reporting, criticism and editorial cartooning.

The announcement, which comes as The Pulitzer Prizes approach its centennial anniversary, comes nearly a year after the Prizes opened feature writing to investigative reporting to magazines.

The change is a concession to the tenacity and enterprise of magazines, which have adapted to the digital age with alacrity, Pulitzer Prize Administrator Mike Pride said in a statement:

Magazines are adapting to the digital age and accelerating their publication schedules to report on a timely basis consistent with what newspapers do.

After the Pulitzer Prizes expanded eligibility for feature writing and investigative reporting last year, entries in both of those categories increased dramatically. Investigative reporting submissions increased by 50 percent, and feature writing entries were up by nearly a fifth.

Despite the changes, magazines did not win any Pulitzer Prizes in 2015. The New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman earned a finalist nod for her feature on Rikers Island.

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