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 2016 Perkins Award winner is Eric Simonoff. READ MORE

Congratulations to Eric Simonoff
Recipient of the 2016 Maxwell E. Perkins Award

The Center for Fiction is pleased to announce that literary agent Eric Simonoff, Partner of William Morris Endeavor (WME), is the recipient of its 2016 Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction. The award will be presented to Mr. Simonoff at the Center’s December 6 Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City.


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

Congratulations to Catherine Kapphahn
Winner of the 2015 Christopher Doheny Award

The winner of the third annual $10,000 Christopher Doheny Award is Catherine Kapphahn, for her manuscript Stories You Never Told Me, an innovative blend of memoir and fiction about, in the author’s own words, “a daughter who gives a voice to her mother’s unspoken history, and in the process, heals them both.”

Catherine Kapphahn was selected by a panel of three distinguished writers: Charles Bock, Mike Scalise, the previous winner of the Christopher Doheny Award, and Michelle Bailat-Jones, the inaugural prize winner, as well as two representatives from READ MORE