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First Novel Prize

2019 First Novel Prize

The Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction 2019 First Novel Prize was awarded to De’Shawn Charles Winslow for his debut novel In West Mills (Bloomsbury). The award was announced at The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit on December 10, 2019. Monique Truong presented Winslow with the award, which was selected by a panel of distinguished American writers: Maaza Mengiste, Claire Messud, Tommy Orange, Emma Straub, and Monique Truong. Read about In West Mills and the shortlisted and longlisted titles from 2019 below.