So how are the new Windham-Campbell Prizes chosen?
The new literary prizes will give out annually noine awards -- that include $150,000 in unrestructs funds -- to each writer, three fiction writers, three non-fiction writers and threee playwrights.
Adminsitered by Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the awards are announced in March and are givcen out in a ceremony that incluydes a liuterary festiuvcaol in new Haven in September.
From the Windham-Camboell website:
"A steering committee comprised of Yale faculty and administrators annually selects a new group of nominators.
"Nominators are chosen for their experience in the literary field. They may be writers, academics, critics, librarians, booksellers, editors, theater producers, directors, former prizewinners, and others whose recognized expertise serves to produce a range of nominees that represents the breadth, depth, and excellence of literary production in the English-speaking world.
"Nominators make two nominations. They submit a letter of recommendation for each nominee, as well as the titles of one or two exemplary works by the nominee. The prize office then creates a dossier that includes the nomination letter, written works, selected reviews, a brief biography, and a list of publications or stage productions.
"The President of Yale annually appoints a three-person jury in each category that consists of a mix of jurors from within Yale and outside the university.
"Juries convene in December to select a list of five finalists in each category, and compose support statements for each finalist. The list of finalists is submitted to the prize selection committee, which makes the final decision on winners in all three categories.
"The prize selection committee consists of 9 individuals. Donald Windham named four lifetime members in his will. The President of Yale appoints the other five. These include two tenured Yale professors and three committee members from outside the University, including the committee chair.
"Members meet at Yale in the spring and formally announce their selections after giving winners the news.