The Christopher Doheny Award

This award will recognize 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. This year's winner is Tiphanie Yanique for Land of Love and Drowning. 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


‚ÄčThe Center for Fiction's 2014 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner was a huge success! Over 300 people attended the event on December 9th at The New York Athletic Club, which included presentations by Jonathan Safran Foer and Colson Whitehead, Perkins Award presenter Nathan Englander, surprise presenter Anne Carson, and 2013 First Novel Prize winner Margaret Wrinkle.


The 2014 Maxwell E. Perkins Award was given to Nicole Aragi, and we announced the winner of this year's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, Tiphanie Yanique for Land of Love and Drowning


The First Novel Prize was selected from seven short-listed authors by judges Margaret Wrinkle, David Gilbert, and Tayari Jones. VIEW THE short LIST

About Our Awards


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

The First Novel Prize and Perkins Award are presented at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner. The Shattuck Prize is presented at a special event.