The Christopher Doheny Award

This award recognizes excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness. READ MORE

The First Novel Prize

The First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The 2015 winner is Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Sympathizer. READ MORE


Maxwell E. Perkins Award

This Award honors an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of their career has discovered, nutured, and championed writers of fiction. The 2015 Perkins Award winner is Daniel Halpern. READ MORE

Congratulations to Daniel Halpern

Recipient of the 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

The Center for Fiction presented Daniel Halpern, Publisher and President of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, with the 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction at our Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8th. In 2005 the Center for Fiction established the Maxwell E. Perkins Award to honor the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the United States. This award is dedicated to Maxwell Perkins in celebration of his legacy as one of the country’s most important editors. READ MORE