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.

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

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

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