The Christopher Doheny Award

The Doheny Award recognizes excellence in prose on the topic of serious physical illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness. The winner of the 2017 Award is Sharon Solwitz for Abra Cadabra. 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. READ MORE

2018 First Novel Prize Long List 

 

We are pleased to announce the long list for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The 2018 Short List will be announced in September and the winner will be announced on December 11th at The Center for Fiction's Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner. 

 

View our full long list here

Congratulations to Sharon Solwitz 
Winner of the 2017 Christopher Doheny Award

 

The winner of the fifth annual Christopher Doheny Award is Sharon SolwitzAbra Cadabra, a novel in stories centered on a family coping with a son’s illness, is based on the author’s own experiences. ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

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. The award carries with it a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the Audible book, with the option to pursue print publication.


The winner was selected by a panel of three distinguished writers: Alissa Torres, Catherine Kapphahn, the 2015 winner of the Christopher Doheny Award, and Michelle Bailat-Jones, the inaugural prize winner, as well as four representatives from Audible.com. The panel also named three honorable mention manuscripts: Tornado Season by Doug Crandell; Leg by Greg Marshall; and Blazing Woman by Brahna Yassky.

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