The Center for Fiction is the only literary nonprofit organization solely dedicated to celebrating the creation and enjoyment of fiction. Our home in Downtown Brooklyn features a Bookstore, Café & Bar, Library, and Writers Studio. Throughout the year, The Center provides a vast array of programming that brings diverse communities together to develop and share a passion for storytelling in all its forms.
Learn about our organization and its history, meet the people behind the scenes, discover our signature programs, and more below.
About The Center for Fiction
Read about our 200-year-old nonprofit’s mission, history, and efforts to support readers and writers of all ages.
Awards & Fellowships
Explore our annual awards—celebrating excellence and leadership in fiction—and our Emerging Writer Fellowships, supporting early-career writers in New York City.
KidsRead / KidsWrite
Find out about our signature educational program, which provides New York City public school students complimentary books, the opportunity to engage with authors, and more.
Board of Directors
Get to know our Board of Directors, led by our Chair, Erroll MacDonald.
Meet the people behind the scenes at The Center for Fiction, led by Executive Director Lydah Pyles DeBin.
Browse the list of acclaimed authors on our Writers Council, including Jacqueline Woodson, Louise Erdrich, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Salman Rushdie.