Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Given by The Center for Fiction

Other Names: Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, The Mercantile Library Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
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The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is an annual award presented by The Center for Fiction, a non-profit organization in New York City, to the best debut novel. Publishers nominate show more English-language works by first-time United States novelists. show less
All, Winner (18), Shortlist (107), Longlist (134)
All, 2023 (11), 2022 (24), 2021 (7), 2020 (7), 2019 (7), 2018 (26), 2017 (20), 2016 (25), 2015 (29), 2014 (26), 2013 (21), 2012 (8), 2011 (7), 2010 (7), 2009 (6), 2008 (7), 2007 (7), 2006 (5)

Winner 18

Shortlist 107

We Are a Haunting by Tyriek White2023
Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo2023
Lookout by Christine Byl2023
Pay As You Go by Eskor David Johnson2023
Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks2023
Night Wherever We Go: A Novel by Tracey Rose Peyton2023
Y/N: A Novel by Esther Yi2023
Brown Girls by Daphne Palasi Andreades2022
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan2022
NSFW by Isabel Kaplan2022
Little Rabbit by Alyssa Songsiridej2022
Big Girl by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan2022
The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara2022
The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri2021
Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng2021
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers2021
Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith2021
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood2021
Indelicacy by Amina Cain2020
These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card2020
Temporary by Hilary Leichter2020
The Redshirt: A Novel (Contemporary Poetry And Prose) by Corey Sobel2020
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart2020
How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang2020
The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin2019
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips2019
Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad2019
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong2019
Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkins2019
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson2019
Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin2018
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi2018
Asymmetry: A Novel by Lisa Halliday2018
Trenton Makes: A Novel by Tadzio Koelb2018
Confessions of the Fox: A Novel by Jordy Rosenberg2018
The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat2018
What To Do About The Solomons by Bethany Ball2017
Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař2017
Tiger Pelt by Annabelle Kim2017
As Lie Is To Grin by Simeon Marsalis2017
The Second Mrs Hockaday by Susan Rivers2017
Empire of Glass by Kaitlin Solimine2017
The Girls by Emma Cline2016
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn2016
We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge2016
What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell2016
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi2016
How I Became a North Korean: A Novel by Krys Lee2016
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy2015
Bright Lines: A Novel by Tanwi Nandini Islam2015
The Unfortunates: A Novel by Sophie McManus2015
Against the Country: A Novel by Ben Metcalf2015
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma2015
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund2015
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld2014
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson2014
The Invention of Exile by Vanessa Manko2014
We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas2014
The Land of Steady Habits: A Novel by Ted Thompson2014
The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil2014
Eleven Days by Lea Carpenter2013
Y by Marjorie Celona2013
The Morels by Christopher Hacker2013
The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson2013
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra2013
Motherlunge (Awp Award Series in the Novel) by Kirstin Scott2013
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi2013
Absolution by Patrick Flanery2012
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman2012
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller2012
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey2012
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers2012
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead2012
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson2012
The Free World by David Bezmozgis2011
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A Novel by Sarah Braunstein2011
Daughters of the Revolution by Carolyn Cooke2011
The History of History by Ida Hattemer-Higgins2011
Shards: A Novel by Ismet Prcic2011
Touch by Alexi Zentner2011
The Quickening by Michelle Hoover2010
The Report by Jessica Francis Kane2010
Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste2010
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer2010
This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry2010
Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross2010
Tinkers by Paul Harding2009
The Vagrants by Yiyun Li2009
American Rust by Philipp Meyer2009
The Cradle by Patrick Somerville2009
Seducing the Spirits by Louise Young2009
The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block2008
Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen2008
Dervishes: A Novel by Beth Helms2008
Songs for the Butcher's Daughter by Peter Manseau2008
Personal Days by Ed Park2008
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski2008
Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón2007
Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski2007
Finn by Jon Clinch2007
The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander2007
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman2007
Bearing the Body: A Novel by Ehud Havazelet2007
Cellophane by Marie Arana2006
The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger2006
The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner2006
Send Me by Patrick Ryan2006

Longlist 134

Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah2023
The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley2023
The Militia House: A Novel by John Milas2023
In Memoriam by Alice Winn2023
When We Were Sisters by Fatimah Asghar2022
Nobody's Magic by Destiny O. Birdsong2022
Activities of Daily Living: A Novel by Lisa Hsiao Chen2022
The Sign for Home: A Novel by Blair Fell2022
Shadows of Pecan Hollow: A Novel by Caroline Frost2022
Lungfish by Meghan Gilliss2022
What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris2022
Post-traumatic by Chantal V. Johnson2022
Fire Season by Leyna Krow2022
We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama2022
Portrait of a Thief: A Novel by Grace D. Li2022
The Boy with a Bird in His Chest by Emme Lund2022
Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley2022
Vagabonds! by Eloghosa Osunde2022
The Candid Life of Meena Dave by Namrata Patel2022
Border Less by Namrata Poddar2022
A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang2022
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour2021
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora2020
Brass by Xhenet Aliu2018
The Pisces by Melissa Broder2018
America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo2018
Whiskey and Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith2018
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik2018
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso2018
Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman2018
The Wonder That Was Ours by Alice Hatcher2018
The Devoted: A Novel by Blair Hurley2018
The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling2018
If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim2018
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li2018
Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon2018
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza2018
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao2018
Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel by Moriel Rothman-Zecher2018
The Distance Home by Paula Saunders2018
Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan2018
What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan2018
Marlena by Julie Buntin2017
Time's a Thief: A Novel by B. G. Firmani2017
Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett2017
Motherest: A Novel by Kristen Iskandrian2017
Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King2017
Who is Rich? by Matthew Klam2017
All That's Left to Tell: A Novel by Daniel Lowe2017
The World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews2017
The Lucky Ones: A Novel by Julianne Pachico2017
Murder on the Red River by Marcie R. Rendon2017
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent2017
Spoils by Brian Van Reet2017
Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz2017
Dodgers by Bill Beverly2016
The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni2016
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales2016
The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones2016
Another Place You've Never Been: A Novel by Rebecca Kauffman2016
All Joe Knight: A Novel by Kevin Morris2016
Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser2016
Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings: A Novel by Stephen O'Connor2016
Stork Mountain by Miroslav Penkov2016
As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner2016
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss2016
Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves2016
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay2016
Hurt People by Cote Smith2016
Wreck and Order: A Novel by Hannah Tennant-Moore2016
The Longest Night by Andria Williams2016
Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson2016
Shelter by Jung Yun2016
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy2015
Bright Lines: A Novel by Tanwi Nandini Islam2015
The Unfortunates: A Novel by Sophie McManus2015
Against the Country: A Novel by Ben Metcalf2015
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma2015
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund2015
She Weeps Each Time You're Born by Quan Barry2015
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet2015
The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein2015
The Girl from the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan2015
I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them by Jesse Goolsby2015
City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg2015
Black River by S. M. Hulse2015
The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson2015
The First Bad Man by Miranda July2015
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman2015
The Sweetheart: A Novel by Angelina Mirabella2015
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh2015
The Language of Paradise: A Novel by Barbara Klein Moss2015
Girl at War by Sara Novic2015
Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian2015
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta2015
The Hopeful by Tracy O'Neill2015
The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips2015
The Heart of the Order by Theo Schell-Lambert2015
Find Me by Laura Van den Berg2015
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins2015
Landfalls by Naomi J. Williams2015
We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas2014
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah2014
The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin2014
Life Drawing by Robin Black2014
Ruby by Cynthia Bond2014
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler2014
Byrd by Kim Church2014
The End of Always by Randi Davenport2014
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu2014
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay2014
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon2014
Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston2014
What Ends (Awp Award Series in the Novel) by Andrew Ladd2014
The Sixteenth of June: A Novel by Maya Lang2014
Cementville by Paulette Livers2014
Young God by Katherine Faw Morris2014
The Kept by James Scott2014
The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe2014
Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend2014
The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart2014
Any Resemblance to Actual Persons: A Novel by Kevin Allardice2013
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell2013
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani2013
The Carriage House by Louisa Hall2013
You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt2013
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma2013
The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones2013
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski2013
Elders: A Novel by Ryan McIlvain2013
Wise Men: A Novel by Stuart Nadler2013
A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri2013
Tampa by Alissa Nutting2013
The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom2013


The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is an annual award presented by The Center for Fiction, a non-profit organization in New York City, to the best debut novel. Publishers nominate English-language works by first-time United States novelists. (English, Member-written)
The First Novel Prize, launched in 2006, was created as part of the Center's mission to promote the art of fiction in the United States and help further the careers of promising new writers. The annual prize carries with it a $10,000 cash award. (English, Member-written)
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 shortlisted titles will be 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—to be announced—will choose the shortlist and the winner. (English, Member-written)
Center for Fiction First Novel Prize (Russian, Member-written)


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