This morning, the National Book Foundation announced a bunch of changes to their award selection process, with the aim of broadening the “reach and impact of the award.” A longlist will now be released in advance of a shortlist, extending the hype—and book sales, natch—by an extra month. Also, judges no longer have to be writers, just “experts” in the literary field. With five judges in each category, they’ll never have to deal with That Awkward Moment When No-one Wins (*cough Pulitzer cough*). Hurrah!

 

READ ON: Our 2012 National Book Award Coverage is here.

 

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Elissa Goldstein is one-half of The Outlet’s editorial team. (The other half is here.)

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