The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. It recognizes distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, published during the preceding calendar year. This prize is one of the most famous literature prizes in America. This price and the National Book Awards are considered to be the two most authoritative awards for the American literature.