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The First Novel Prize

2020 First Novel Prize

The Center for Fiction

The 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize was awarded to Raven Leilani for her debut novel Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan). Read about Luster below along with 2020’s shortlisted and longlisted titles.

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 of the award year are eligible.