Have You Placed Your Bet on Who Will Win The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction in 2015?
Posted: April 14, 2015
Updated: April 14, 2015
At least 15 books on the prediction list for bettors to place bets on concerning the upcoming Pulitzer Prize Fiction award.
There are some great novels out there. And so fiction writers have been submitting their talented piece of imaginative writing for the Fiction Category for years hoping to clinch the prize. They have been doing so since the inception of the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and Arts in 1918.
Now everyone is waiting to see whose work was chosen and what got them the board’s attention in 2015. The waiting won’t be that long anymore as the Pulitzer board will announce the winner for its prize for fiction on April 20, 2015.
Although the winner will be a surprise for all, while we wait, we can’t help but take a look at the yearly prediction list of novels that may just clinch the coveted prize. Pulitzer’s eyes would probably pop open if he could see all the avid bettors indulging in internet betting in the US in favor of their preferred piece of fiction.
Probability, a fun thing for the Pulitzer Prize Prediction List
Since 2007 a fellow Pulitzer collector and research scientist have drawing up a prediction list. This is viewed as a rather a fun and interesting prelude to the real thing. It is also based on what awards or nominations worked in the author’s favor. For the moment the list is incomplete.
However there is enough draft lists available for mobile betting enthusiasts to place a bet. Even if the odds of one of the listed books pulling in a Pulitzer Prize is any one’s guess, readers can just have fun playing the role of Pulitzer Prize judges.
The books that are being highlighted and the comments about them are always engaging and interesting. So let’s see on what work of fiction you can place your bets. The list is based on scientific analysis that weighs how well a book fared in other book awards or its popularity among readers.
Your 15 best bets
The books on the prediction list are Lila by Marilynne Robinson, Euphoria by Lily King, On such a full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine, Redeployment by Phil Klay and Department of Speculation by Jenny Offil.
Other works also on the prediction list are Station Eeven by Emily St. John Mandel. Family Life by Sharma Akhil Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow, Orfeo by Richard Powers. Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld and The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt.
There is still not much that cannot be predicted about winning the Pulitzer Prize. There are so many other factors involved. Factors that certainly are not quantifiable. This is beacuse they are quite a few variables that do contribute to the award process.
Reading over 300 submissions – a derisory task for judges
Needless to say not all worthy novels ever make it on the list that US gambling laws would probably allow bettors to wager on. In the past readers loved novels such as The Marriage Plot, The Art Of Fielding, The Lost Memory Of Skin, Train Dreams and The Year We Left Home but these pieces of literary fiction never got a Pulitzer Prize.
Fourth Of July Creek and We Are Not Ourselves are also popular novel that quite a few readers hope will be on the list. Obviously, if the Pulitzer Prize board doesn’t give a majority vote, it doesn’t mean that the book is not to be lauded.
One author whose book was not chosen for an award of fiction, gave her view. She esteemed that the judges have to read over 300 novels and evaluate them and this might lead to a just randomly reading a few pages of each.
There are just too many nominees to really evaluate effectively. But at least a prediction list allows avid readers of fiction to bet, to choose to read to enjoy books that probably will never be able to win the $10, 000 but may win the the hearts of many others and even procure future awards.