The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Fête is a fun evening of cocktails, mingling, and readings from the eight finalists of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.






All proceeds from the First Novel Fête go to our KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools program. 



The 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan Shortlist



A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth/Random House)


Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter (Knopf/Random House)


Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (The Penguin Press)


The Morels by Christopher Hacker (Soho Press)


Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott (New Issues Poetry & Prose)


The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson (Bloomsbury)


Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly Press)


Y by Marjorie Celona (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)






Julie Barer (Barer Literary, LLC)

Pilar Queen (McCormick & Williams)



Claudia Ballard (WME)
Alia Habib (McCormick & Williams)
Alexis Hurley (Inkwell Management)
Allison Lorentzen (Viking)
Edward Orloff (McCormick & Williams)
Hilary Redmon (Ecco)
Rebecca Strauss (DeFiore & Company)
Alexis Washam (Crown)
Lauren Wein (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

About the Flaherty-Dunnan First-Novel Prize


Supported by author Nancy Dunnan in honor of her father, newspaperman Ray Flaherty, the First-Novel Prize recognizes the year’s best debut novel as selected by a committee of distinguished American writers. The annual prize carries with it a $10,000 cash award, with each of the eight finalists also receiving a $1,000 award. The 2013 judges were Victor LaValle, Roxana Robinson, Christine Schutt, Luis Alberto Urrea, and the 2012 winner, Ben Fountain.