The Christopher Doheny Award

This award will recognize excellence in fiction or nonfiction on the topic of serious illness. Now accepting submissions for the 2014 Award. READ MORE

The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. Last year's winner is Margaret Wrinkle for Wash. 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 2014 Perkins Award winner is agent Nicole Aragi. READ MORE

Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism

The annual Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism is devoted to the support and encouragement of emerging critics. READ MORE

Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner


The Center for Fiction's 2014 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 9 at The New York Athletic Club. We will be honoring Nicole Aragi with the 2014 Maxwell E. Perkins Award and announcing the winner of this year's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Our speakers will include honorary benefit chairs Jonathan Safran Foer and Colson Whitehead, Perkins Award presenter Nathan Englander, and 2013 First Novel Prize winner Margaret WrinkleFIND OUT MORE

New Books from Past First Novel Prize Shortlisted Authors


This Is How You Lose Her

Junot Díaz


This Close

Jessica Francis Kane



Paul Harding


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About Our Awards


We present four awards throughout the year to recognize excellence in fiction: The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, The Christopher Doheny Award, The Maxwell E. Perkins Award, and The Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.

The Flaherty-Dunnan and Perkins Award are presented at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner. The Shattuck Prize is presented at a special event.