Congratulations to Margaret Wrinkle, the 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Winner
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.
The 2013 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Short List
For the second year in an ongoing partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the not-for-profit trade association for independent booksellers, ABA members around the country served as first-tier readers (click here to view the long list). This year's award was judged by Victor LaValle, Roxana Robinson, Christine Schutt, Luis Alberto Urrea, and last year's winner, Ben Fountain. Click here to download the press release.
About the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. The author of the winning book receives $10,000 and the other shortlisted authors receive $1,000 each. The award is given annually at The Center for Fiction's Benefit and Awards Dinner. The Prize was originally established in 2005 as the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize. The Center for Fiction board member and well-known non-fiction author, Nancy Dunnan, now funds The Center’s First Novel Prize. It is officially called the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, named after Nancy’s journalist father, Ray W. Flaherty. ABOUT RAY FLAHERTY