Support The Center for Fiction


What does your gift to The Center support? 


With all our resources we seek to serve the reading public, build a larger audience for fiction, and create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature. Our programming includes fellowships for emerging writers; educational programs and free books for New York City public school children; low-cost MFA-level writing workshops; reading groups led by renowned writers and translators that examine the best of classic and contemporary fiction; and much more. 

This is an exciting time in our nearly 200-year history as we’re preparing to open a new home in the bustling Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Our sunlit space will feature a bookshop; state-of-the-art auditorium for adult and kids’ events; classrooms and meeting spaces; a spacious reading room; a café; a writers’ studio; our historic library; an audio lab; terraces; and plenty of ways to find your next favorite book!  

When you make a gift to The Center, you become part of literary culture past, present, and future. 


Make your fully tax deductible donation in any amount today and support The Center for Fiction in all that we do!



Other ways to give: through our storeby check made payable to The Center for Fiction (our address is 80 5th Ave., Suite 1201, New York, NY 10011); or over the phone at 212-755-6710. Thank you! 

    • The Center for Fiction’s Council of Readers & Writers provides an opportunity to thank contributors for their generous support and draw them closer to the Center’s work and mission. Council members receive preferential invitations to the Center’s signature literary and public affairs events with writers, as well as to private author events.



One of New York’s oldest cultural organizations, The Center for Fiction was founded in 1820 and in the 19th century produced public events with many well-known writers, including William Thackeray, Edgar Allan Poe, and Frederick Douglass. Council members become a part of literary culture past, present, and future, helping to promote great literature, support writers, and create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for fiction and explore its profound influence on our society.



Harriet Beecher Stowe Members


Free admission to events


Discounts on workshops and reading groups


Center for Fiction tote bag


Gift of one specially selected book mailed to you each month

Edgar Allan Poe



In addition to Harriet Beecher Stowe Member benefits:


Preferential seating at all public Center events


Invitations to private receptions with authors


Signed set of books by each year’s First Novel Prize finalists

Frederick Douglass Members


In addition to Harriet Beecher Stowe and Edgar Allan Poe Member benefits:


Gift of three first editions signed by authors showcased at the Center


Inclusion in an honor plaque prominently displayed in the new Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, opening in 2018