Congrats to 2017 First Novel Prize Winner 

Julie Lekstrom Himes for Mikhail and Margarita


Julie Lekstrom Himes was awarded the Center for Fiction's 2017 First Novel Prize for her debut novel, Mikhail and Margarita (Europa Editions). Last year's winner, Kia Corthron (The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter), presented the award to her at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 5th at The Metropolitan Club. 

This annual award was created in 2006 to honor the best first novel of the year. Debut novels published between January 1 and December 31, 2017 were eligible for this year's prize. The winner received a $10,000 prize with each shortlisted author receiving $1,000. Find out more about this our short list here. This year's judges were: Sonya Chung, Anne Landsman, Fiona Maazel, Rick Moody, and Kia Corthron. 


Newsweek called Mikhail and Margarita “an incredibly important read in an era of uncertainty and populism across the globe, but it’s also entertainment in its purest form as it draws the reader in through the emotional resonance of love and loss while retaining a sense of ‘it could happen to you.’” read more about our 2017 winner

Center for Fiction Awards

The Christopher Doheny Award

The Christopher Doheny Award recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness. READ MORE


The First Novel Prize

The First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The winner receives a $10,000 prize with each shortlisted author receiving $1,000. The 2017 winner is Julie Lekstrom Himes for Mikhail and MargaritaREAD MORE


Maxwell E. Perkins Award

This Award honors an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of their career has discovered, nutured, and championed writers of fiction. This award is dedicated to Maxwell Perkins in celebration of his legacy as one of the country’s most important editors. The 2017 Perkins Award winner is Morgan Entrekin, CEO & Publisher, Grove Atlantic, Inc. READ MORE

Congratulations to Morgan Entrekin!

Winner of the 2017 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that Morgan Entrekin, CEO & Publisher, Grove Atlantic, Inc. is the recipient of its 2017 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction. Morgan’s roster of authors includes: Sherman Alexie, Anne Enright, Francisco Goldman, Barry Hannah, Donna Leon, Karl Marlantes, and Val McDermid. In 2015, he launched the Literary Hub. read more

The Maxwell E. Perkins Award was created to honor the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the United States. The award was presented to Mr. Entrekin at the Center’s December 5th Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City.