Web Links: Literature, Writing & Literary Prizes


Academy of American Poets web page: includes pages for Poetry Awards, Poetry Month, Poetry Exhibits, Information on the Academy, a discussion forum, biographical information on over 200 poets, a searchable list of about 600 famous poems, "the listening booth" to hear poems read, and a page of literary links.

Bartelby.com: Site with several searchable reference works including tabs for Reference, Verse, Fiction, and Non-Fiction.  It can be a bit slow.  (expect advertising)

Black Drama  Note: this collection, previously free online, is now available by subscription only from Alexander Street Press.  Its existence is still worthy of mention. [Go to the "products" tab on their web page and scroll down.] "Black Drama integrates approximately 1,200 rare and hard-to-find plays written from the 1850s to the present by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African Diaspora countries. Nearly a quarter of the collection will consist of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Zora Neale Hurston, Femi Euba, Randolph Edmonds, and others. James Vernon Hatch, a leading historian and scholar in this area and curator of one of the world's largest collections of black drama, is serving as the project's editorial advisor."

Classics of American Colonial History  Sponsored by Dinsmore Documentation, the introduction to this collection states: "This collection of historical documents is offered as a public service and as an example of the quality of our work.  We have selected scholarly books and articles on American colonial history that appear to be of continuing interest. Our goal is to add four documents (articles or book chapters) per week. Readers are invited to suggest further
public-domain documents for digitization."

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet  "This site attempts two things: 
1. To be a complete annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on Internet. ...  The "Other" Sites page is a definite exception to the term "scholarly." Our newest feature is a listing of Shakespeare Festivals.
2. To present new Shakespeare material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet... ."

The Peabody Awards:  "In 1938, the National Association of Broadcasters formed a committee to establish a Pulitzer Prize for radio. Lambdin Kay, a long-time manager of WSB Radio in Atlanta, was a member of the NAB committee. Kay approached Dean John E. Drewry at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication about sponsoring the project.  By the end of 1939, the awards plan had been endorsed by the NAB and the UGA Board of Regents. The George Foster Peabody Awards were first presented in 1941 for programming produced in 1940. The Peabody Awards continue today to recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television networks, stations, producing organizations and individuals. They perpetuate the memory of the banker-philanthropist whose name they bear. The awards program is administered by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Selections are made by the Peabody Board following review by special screening committees of the faculty, staff and students."   Includes a searchable list of winners, timeline, entry information and deadlines, contact information, & Peabody News.

The Pulitzer Prizes:  "In writing his 1904 will, which made provision for the establishment of the Pulitzer Prizes as an incentive to excellence, Pulitzer specified solely four awards in journalism, four in letters and drama, one for education, and four traveling scholarships. In letters, prizes were to go to an American novel, an original American play performed in New York, a book on the history of the United States, an American biography, and a history of public service by the press. But, sensitive to the dynamic progression of his society Pulitzer made provision for broad changes in the system of awards. He established an overseer advisory board and willed it power in its discretion to suspend or to change any subject or subjects, substituting, however, others in their places, if in the judgment of the board such suspension, changes, or substitutions shall be conducive to the public good or rendered advisable by public necessities, or by reason of change of time."  Contains "...complete guidelines and rules for submitting Pulitzer Prize entries. Also includes Pulitzer Prize Board members and definitions of all 21 categories"  Includes a searchable archive of  winners, history of the prize, forms to apply for prizes, and contact information.