The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The author of the winning book receives $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000. The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize was originally established in 2006 as the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize. The Prize is in honor of Center for Fiction board member and well-known non-fiction author, the late Nancy Dunnan, and her journalist father, Ray W. Flaherty. ABOUT RAY FLAHERTY
Announcing the Short List
We're pleased to announce our short list for this year's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. The short-listed writers will read from their books on the evening of December 8th at the Center for Fiction and the 2014 winner will be announced on the evening of December 9th at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City, where last year’s First Novel Prize winner, Margaret Wrinkle, will present the award. Judges this year are Margaret Wrinkle, David Gilbert, Tayari Jones, and Sigrid Nunez. VIEW THE Short LIST
Winner of the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
We are thrilled to announce that Margaret Wrinkle has been awarded the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut novel, Wash (Atlantic Monthly Press). Last year's winner, Ben Fountain, presented the award to her at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 11 at The Union League Club. Read her acceptance speech here.
Wash reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing. Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, Wash is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an O, The Oprah Magazine top ten books to pick up now, and a People magazine 4 star pick. It was nominated for the Crook’s Corner Prize for debut Southern novel.
Margaret Wrinkle was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and earned a BA and MA from Yale University. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in rural New Mexico.