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

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

In the early 1900s, the Virgin Islands are transferred from Danish to American rule,...


2013 selection

Wash

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2013

by Margaret Wrinkle

In this luminous debut, Margaret Wrinkle takes us on an unforgettable journey across continents and through time, from the burgeoning American South to West Africa and deep into the ancestral stories that reside...


2012 selection

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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

by Ben Fountain & Oliver Wyman

A finalist for the National Book Award!

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal"—three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded...


2011 selection

Lamb

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2011

by Bonnie Nadzam

Winner of the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of...


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 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...