From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A literary award is an award presented to an author who has written a particularly lauded piece of literature or body of work. There are awards for forms of writing ranging from poetry to novels. Many awards are also dedicated to a certain genre of fiction or non-fiction writing (such as science fiction or politics). Most literary awards come with a corresponding award ceremony.
Literary awards are 20th century phenomenon with the most prestigious international literary award being the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Spoof awards include The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, the Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year, and the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction and Lyttle Lytton Contests, which are both given to deliberately bad sentences.
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