About the Maxwell E. Perkins Award

 

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.

 

The 2014 Selection Process

 

The tenth annual Maxwell E. Perkins Award has closed for nominations. The winner will be announced in early May and the award will be presented by The Center for Fiction at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner to be held on December 9, 2014. 

 

The final selection will be made by a panel of publishing professionals convened by the Center. The award is intended to provide a means through which the literary world can each year acknowledge the critical role played by agents, editors, and publishers and reward their outstanding work.

2013 PERKINS WINNER: ROBIN DESSER

Robin Desser has worked at the Knopf Publishing Group since 1998 and this year was named Vice President, Editorial Director of Alfred A. Knopf. Among the celebrated works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry she has edited are Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, Anne Carson’s The Beauty of the Husband, Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted; Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children, and many more. READ MORE

 


 

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

 

2012

DEBORAH TREISMAN

 

  2011

NAN GRAHAM

 


2010

Amanda Urban

 

2009
Gerald Howard

 

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Past Winners

 

ABOUT MAXWELL E. PERKINS

Maxwell Evarts Perkins began his career in 1907 as a reporter for the New York Times, but soon moved to a position as advertising manager at the prestigious publishing house, Charles Scribner’s Sons in New York. In 1914 an opening in the editorial department led to Perkins promotion and the beginning of his stellar career in the field of fiction. His first major discovery came five years later when a young writer by the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald started corresponding with the house. Fitzgerald’s first book This Side of Paradise heralded a shift in the style of the time, and made the young writer famous. Perkins soon rose to prominence as an editor with impeccable taste as he signed Ernest Hemingway on to the company. Thomas Wolfe rounded out Perkins’ triumvirate and became a close friend of the editor’s. Sadly Perkins was cut down by a sudden death at the age of 62, but his legacy lives on in the many books he helped shape.


“...the recognizing, the encouraging, the guiding of talent—that, in his opinion, was a sacred task worth any amount of effort, of risk, of time expended.”

 — JH Wheelock on Maxwell Perkins

AUTHORS EDITED BY
MAXWELL E. PERKINS

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ring Lardner
Ernest Hemingway
Thomas Wolfe
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
James Jones
 


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