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The First Novel Prize

2022 First Novel Prize: The Longlist

The Center for Fiction

We are pleased to announce the longlist for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize. The twenty-four debut novels were selected from over 140 submitted titles with U.S. publication dates between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

The First Novel Prize, first awarded in 2006, was created to honor the best debut fiction of the year. The winner receives a $15,000 prize and each of the other shortlisted authors receives $1,000. The shortlist was announced this fall, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit.

96 volunteer readers chosen from The Center’s diverse community of writers, booksellers, librarians, members, and staff determined the longlist. From these recommended titles, a judging panel of five distinguished authors determines the shortlist and the winner. This year’s judges are Matt Bell, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Megha Majumdar, Rebecca Makkai, and Chigozie Obioma.