Four writers to date have won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction multiple times one nominally in the novel category and two in the general fiction category. Ernest Hemingway was selected by the 1941 and 1953 juries but the former was overturned and no 1941 award was given.[c]
Booth Tarkington 1919 1922
William Faulkner 1955 1963 (awarded posthumously)
John Updike 1982 1991
Colson Whitehead 2017 2020
In 31 years under the "Novel" name the prize was awarded 27 times; in its first 69 years to 2016 under the "Fiction" name 62 times. There have been 11 years during which no title received the award. It has never been shared by two authors. Four writers have won two prizes each in the Fiction category: Booth Tarkington William Faulkner John Updike and Colson Whitehead.
1910s to 1970s
1980s to 2020s
Entries from this point on includes the finalists listed for each year.
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters Drama and Music. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author preferably dealing with American life published during the preceding calendar year. As the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel it was one of the original Pulitzers; the program was inaugurated in 1917 with seven prizes four of which were awarded that year. (No Novel prize was awarded in 1917; the first was awarded in 1918.)
Finalists have been announced since 1980 usually a total of three.