Announcing the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Short List
For the second year in an ongoing partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the not-for-profit trade association for independent booksellers, ABA members around the country served as first-tier readers (click here to view the long list). This year's award was judged by Victor LaValle, Roxana Robinson, Christine Schutt, Luis Alberto Urrea, and last year's winner, Ben Fountain. Click here to download the press release.
About the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The author of the winning book receives $10,000 and the other shortlisted authors receive $1,000 each. The award is given annually at The Center for Fiction's Benefit and Awards Dinner. The Prize was originally established in 2005 as the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize. The Center for Fiction board member and well-known non-fiction author, Nancy Dunnan, now funds The Center’s First Novel Prize. It is officially called the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, named after Nancy’s journalist father, Ray W. Flaherty. ABOUT RAY FLAHERTY
Join us for our First Novel Fête on Tuesday, December 10!
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 of the First Novel Fête support The Center for Fiction's efforts to get young people passionate about reading and writing through our Books for NYC Schools/KidsRead program.
The 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
At The Center's Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner last December, Ben Fountain was awarded the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Bonnie Nadzam, winner of the First Novel Prize in 2011, presented Fountain with the award.
Ben Fountain has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, a Whiting Writers Award, an O.Henry Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes, among other honors and awards. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was shortlisted for the National Book Award this year. Click here to download the press release.
The shortlisted authors for the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize were Patrick Flanery, Tupelo Hassman, Peter Heller, Eowyn Ivey, Kevin Powers, Maggie Shipstead, and G. Willow Wilson. Click here to find out more about their debut novels.