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The First Novel Prize

The Center for Fiction 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 shortlisted author receiving $1,000. The winner is announced in December at our Annual Awards Benefit.

Review the 2021 eligibility requirements, learn about the selection process, and more.


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Raven Leilani Wins the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Raven Leilani is the 2020 winner of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for Luster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan). De’Shawn Charles Winslow presented the award to Leilani on Thursday, December 3rd at our Annual Awards Benefit.