Donald Trump Jr. learned that the Pulitzer Prizes do award a prize for fiction

On Friday, after President Donald Trump tweeted about the New York Times and the Washington Post’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Russia, Donald Trump Jr. agreed with his father’s assessment that the prize should be taken away, “unless they give Pulitzer’s for fiction.”

There’s just one catch: The Pulitzer Prizes do award an annual prize for fiction work.

Twitter users, including past winners, quickly let Trump Jr. know about it.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American author, won the award in 2016 for his book The Sympathizer and mentioned it to Trump Jr. “Actually, I think I won one of those Pulitzers for fiction,” he wrote.

Author Andrew Sean Greer posed with a photo of his Pulitzer for his novel, Less.

Another added a caption from the Pulitzer Prizes’ website as evidence that yes, the committee does award a prize for fiction.

Some Twitter users decided to make a joke about Trump Jr.’s errant apostrophe, too.

Comedy writer Megan Amram just got “so fucking jealous” of how funny the tweet was.

Others just marveled at how ridiculous it was.

And then there are those that won’t let him live down his “S&L” snafu.

The Pulitzer Prizes awards seven prizes in the general category of Letters, Drama, and Music each year. Prizes are awarded in the categories of biography or autobiography, fiction, general nonfiction, history, poetry, drama, and music.

The first Pulitzer Prize for fiction was given in 1918, but at the time the category was called the Pulitzer Prize for the novel. It became the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1948.

The New York Times responded to the president’s original tweet, saying, “We’re proud of our Pulitzer-prize winning reporting on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Every @nytimes article cited has proven accurate.”


Stephanie Fillion

Stephanie Fillion

Stéphanie Fillion is a French-Canadian journalist covering politics and foreign affairs in Montreal, Canada. She has worked for Radio-Canada in Vancouver and was a San Paolo fellow at La Stampa in Turin. In 2015, she won the Eu-Canada Young Journalist Award. She holds an M.A. in Journalism, Politics and Global Affairs from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. in Comparative Politics, History and Italian Studies from McGill University. Her work appeared in outlets such as Quartz, Vice News, Ipolitics, and PassBlue.