Should I Capitalize Award Names?

Should Mario Vargas Llosa capitalize the name of his new prize?

Mignon Fogarty,
October 11, 2010

Should I Capitalize Award Names?

  by Mignon Fogarty

Formal award names (such as "Oscar," "Grammy," and "Nobel Prize in Literature") are capitalized because they are proper nouns—the name of something specific.

General award terms are not capitalized when they are used descriptively.

  • Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007.
  • Doris Lessing won a literature prize.


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