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The First Novel Prize

2021 First Novel Prize: The Longlist

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The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce the longlist for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The twenty-seven titles were selected by 116 volunteer readers from 143 submissions with U.S. publication dates between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

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, with each of the other shortlisted authors receiving $1,000. The 2021 shortlist was announced on September 28, 2021, and the winner will be announced in December at our Annual Awards Benefit.

We congratulate the longlisted authors, listed alphabetically by last name below.