Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize is an annual award presented by The Center for Fiction, a non-profit organization in New York City, to the best debut novel. As of 2012, the award is officially called the Flaherty—Dunnan First Novel Prize, named after Center for Fiction board member Nancy Dunnan who now funds the prize. From 2006-2011, it was called the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize… (more)

 

2014 selection

Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2014

by Tiphanie Yanique

Recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Foundation Award

A major debut from an award-winning writer—an epic family saga set against the magic and the rhythms of the Virgin Islands....


2013 selection

Wash

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2013

by Margaret Wrinkle

WINNER OF THE FLAHERTY-DUNNAN FIRST NOVEL PRIZE

FINALIST FOR THE 2014 CHAUTAUQUA PRIZE

One of Time Magazine’s "21 Female Authors You Should Be Reading"

Named a Best Book of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal

A New...


2012 selection

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2012, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2012

by Ben Fountain

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award!

From the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, Brief Encounters...


2009 selection

Woodsburner: A Novel

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2009

by John Pipkin

Set against the backdrop of a devastating forest fire that Henry David Thoreau accidentally set in 1844, John Pipkin's novel brilliantly illuminates the mind of the young philosopher at a formative moment in...


2008 selection

The Good Thief

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2008

by Hannah Tinti

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies...


2007 selection

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2008, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction 2008, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2007, Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2007

by Junot Diaz

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of...


2006 selection

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2006

by Marisha Pessl

The mesmerizing New York Times bestseller by the author of Night Film

Marisha Pessl’s dazzling debut sparked raves from critics and heralded the arrival of a vibrant new voice in American fiction. At the center...