Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize Announced
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The long list has twenty-four books, trimmed from more than 140 titles that have been or will be published in 2022. This trimming was done by nearly 100 volunteer readers made up of writers, booksellers and librarians, as well as staff and members. from the Fiction Center.
Five judges will choose a shortlist and eventually a winner. The names of these judges have not yet been published, but we will be “distinguished authors”. For reference, the authors who chose the 2021 winner (The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade) were: Alexander Chee, Susan Choi, Yaa Gyasi, Raven Leilani and Dinaw Mengestu.
Shortlisted books will be announced on a date to be determined in the fall, and the winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit on December 6, 2022.
Awarded for the first time in 2006, the First Novel Prize rewards, you guessed it, the best first fiction of the year. The prize is $15,000 for the winner and $1,000 for each of the shortlisted titles. Recent winners include Chandelier: a novel by Raven Leilani, At West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow, and there there by Tommy Orange.
The shortlisted books in 2022 are:
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