Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

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The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize is an annual award presented by The Center for Fiction, a non-profit organization in New York City, for the best debut novel. From 2006 to 2011, it was called the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize in honor of John Turner Sargent, Sr., and, from 2011 to 2014, the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, named after Center for Fiction board member Nancy Dunnan and her journalist father Ray W. Flaherty.[1]

Publishers nominate English-language works by first-time United States novelists.[2][3] There is a two-tiered selection process for the prize. First, the nominees are read by a network of booklovers (referred to as Common Readers), including librarians, writers, staff, members, and friends of The Center for Fiction, giving rise to a long list of recommended books. Next, the Common Readers' long list is forwarded to a committee of distinguished American writers, who select a short list, typically comprising five to seven titles, which is publicly announced in the late summer. All finalists are invited to read from their works at a First Novel Fête, and the winning novel is then announced at an awards event—both events usually occurring in December. The winning novelist receives a cash prize of $10,000; each finalist receives $1,000.[4]

Winners and shortlisted nominees[edit]

Year Winner Shortlist Ref(s).
2006 Blue ribbon Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics [5]
2007 Blue ribbon Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [6]
2008 Blue ribbon Hannah Tinti, The Good Thief [7]
2009 Blue ribbon John Pipkin, Woodsburner [8]
2010 Blue ribbon Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn [9]
2011 Blue ribbon Bonnie Nadzam, Lamb [10]
2012 Blue ribbon Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk [11]
2013 Blue ribbon Margaret Wrinkle, Wash [12]
2014 Blue ribbon Tiphanie Yanique, Land of Love and Drowning [13]
2015 Blue ribbon Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer [14]
2016 Blue ribbon Kia Corthron, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter [15]
2017 Blue ribbon Julie Lekstrom Himes, Mikhail and Margarita [16]
2018 Blue ribbon Tommy Orange, There There [17]
2019 Blue ribbon De'Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills [18]
2020 Blue ribbon TBA [19]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The First Novel Prize The Center for Fiction website, The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize, accessed 2015/06/03.
  2. ^ [1] Poets & Writers Magazine, Grants and Awards, accessed 2015/06/03.
  3. ^ [2] Lizzie Simon, "Agent Wins Literary Prize," Wall Street Journal, Dec. 8, 2010, accessed 2015/06/03
  4. ^ [3] The Center for Fiction website, Flaherty-Dunnam Submission Process, accessed 2014/11/27.
  5. ^ "2006 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "2007 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "2008 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "2009 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  9. ^ "2010 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  10. ^ "2011 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "2012 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  12. ^ "2013 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  13. ^ "2014 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  14. ^ "2015 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  15. ^ "2016 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  16. ^ "2017 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  17. ^ "2018 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  18. ^ "2019 First Novel Prize". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  19. ^ "2020 First Novel Prize: The Short List". The Center for Fiction. Retrieved November 22, 2020.

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