When you think of Nobel Prizes, you think of esteem, prestige and honor. Not this year. This news came to us from the Associated Press in their article, “No Nobel literature prize this year but 2 prizes in 2019.”

The body that hands out the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature recently announced that no prize will be awarded this year due to internal crises and chaos. The Swedish academy said two Nobel Prizes in Literature will be handed out next year, the 2018 prize and the 2019 prize. Last year, Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro won the prize.

The internal feud within the academy, which only hands out the Literature prize was triggered by an abuse scandal. The debate over how to manage and reconcile the issues divided the group’s 18 members, which are appointed for life. Seven members left or disassociate themselves from the organization. As a result, the Swedish Academy has agreed to review its out-dated operating practices. It will be the first time since 1949 that the prestigious award has been delayed.

Melody K. Smith

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