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 2014 winner was 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 2015 Perkins Award winner is Daniel Halpern. READ MORE

Announcing the Long List for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize


We are thrilled to announce the Long List for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize! The Short List will be announced on September 15 and the award will be presented by 2014 winner Tiphanie Yanique at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner.



This year, in addition to the announcement of the First Novel Prize winner, our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner will honor Daniel Halpern with the 2015 Perkins Award. We will be celebrating at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan on Tuesday, December 8.


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 the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, Tiphanie Yanique for Land of Love and Drowning


This year we will be honoring Daniel Halpern, recipient of the 2015 Maxwell E. Perkins Award, and we will announce the  winner of our 2015 First Novel Prize. READ MORE

About Our Awards


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

The First Novel Prize and Perkins Award are presented at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner.