The Christopher Doheny Award

We are now accepting submissions! 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

2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Short List


Our panel of distinguished judges have selected seven debut novels for our 2015 First Novel Prize short list. All seven finalists will read at our First Novel Fête on December 7th, and the winner will be announced at our Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 8th, presented by 2014 winner Tiphanie Yanique. 


The judges this year are Tiphanie Yanique, Siri Hustvedt, Ann Packer, and Akhil Sharma, along with a representative from The Center for Fiction.



Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner


Our Benefit and Awards Dinner is a celebration of all that the Center does throughout the year, and is a great party too! We will announce the winner of our 2015 First Novel Prize. We will also honor Daniel Halpern of Ecco with the 2015 Perkins Award. We will celebrate at The Metropolitan Club in Manhattan on Tuesday, December 8th. We hope you'll join us! READ MORE