Every Great City Needs a Great Home 


 for Readers and Writers



In December 2018, The Center for Fiction will open its doors in Downtown Brooklyn, welcoming readers and writers of all ages and from all walks of life. Surrounded by BAM, the Mark Morris Dance Group and sixty other cultural destinations that draw over 4 million people to the neighborhood, The Center’s 18,000 square foot space designed by Julie Nelson at BKSK Architects, will place books and the celebration of story in all its forms at the very heart of this vibrant cultural area.


The new home of The Center for Fiction will allow us to expand the programs we already offer and let us provide fantastic new services for New Yorkers and people across the globe.


  • • Readers will browse in the 1800 square foot, sunlit bookshop featuring not just the latest novels, but deep cuts from the world of fiction including works in translation, beloved classics, and the best of indie presses, too.


  • • The beautiful cafe will be a place for poring over books and meeting friends for a coffee, glass of wine, or a quick bite.


  • • Our 160-seat, state-of-the-art auditorium will feature high quality recording and streaming capabilities to reach audiences around the country. Dedicated in the evenings to showcasing fiction across many forms with lively discussions between authors and experts in other disciplines, during the day the auditorium will be filled with events for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade.


  • • On the second floor, the reading room and terrace will be a warm and inviting place for busy New Yorkers to dive into our library collection featuring the best in contemporary and classic fiction, as well as our Raven Award-winning mystery collection, books on Proust, and more.


  • • We will have four times the classroom space as our 47th Street location for lively discussion groups, seminars, and writing workshops.


  • • The beautiful new Writers’ Studio with floor to ceiling windows allows for 65% more members.


  • • And online our expanded website will feature in-depth essays, creative book lists, videos, podcasts, virtual writing workshops, and great content from your favorite authors.


The Center will be home to all this and more and we can’t wait to welcome you.

We’ll see you in Brooklyn!





Junior Edition #41

by Celia McGee


Summer reading recs are here in Celia McGee’s latest Junior Edition column for kids, teens and you! Cook up a storm with picture book Little Chef, then read a spooky and supernatural tale in The Haunted Serpent for older elementary schoolers. CFF First Novel Prize winner Marisha Pessl tries her hand at YA in Neverworld Wake while The Book of Essie is perfect for adults and teens. read now


Announcing our 2018 
First Novel Prize Long List!


We are pleased to announce the long list for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The 2018 Short List will be announced in September and the winner will be announced on December 11th at The Center for Fiction's Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner.


Our offices are located at 80 5th Avenue, Suite 1201, but we will not be open to the public until our move to Downtown Brooklyn in the fall. Stay tuned for updates about online writing workshops and public events around NYC.