Announcing the 2017 First Novel Prize Short List!  

 

We are pleased to announce the short list for the 2017 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, which was chosen from the 22-title long list by a panel of five distinguished writers: Sonya Chung, Anne Landsman, Fiona Maazel, Rick Moody, and Kia Corthron, who won the 2016 Prize for her debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. Over 140 debut novels were submitted by publishers this year. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FINALISTS


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 receives a $10,000 prize with each shortlisted author receiving $1,000. The winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held on December 5th this year.  


Previous winners include Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk), Hannah Tinti (The Good Thief) and Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao). See below for the full list of recipients.


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. We're now accepting entries for the 2017 Doheny Award. 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 2016 winner is Kia Corthron for The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter. The 2017 winner will be announced at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 5th. READ 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 will be presented to Mr. Entrekin at the Center’s December 5th Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City.

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