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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

September ushers in many new book releases, but it is also begins book awards season.  Several major literary award winners are announced in the fall.

On September 1, the short list for the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize was announced:  Two that I've repeatedly seen recommended are The Girls by Emma Cline and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year.  The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and each shortlisted author receives $1,000.  This is a relatively new prize; it was first presented in 2006.

Previous winners have included The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. 

The Center for Fiction, originally called the New York Mercantile Library, is a not-for-profit organization in New York City which works to promote fiction and literature and to give support to writers.

The winner will be announced on December 6.  (If you are interested in the long list of 25 titles, go to