Center for Fiction announces longlist for first novel prize

The Center for Fiction in New York City today announced the longlist of nominees for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Seventeen of the 26 nominees were written by female authors, reflecting their dominance in the area of literary fiction in recent years, especially 2013-2014. The author of the winning book will receive $10,000 and each shortlisted author will receive $1,000. The 2014 Short List will be announced in September and the winner will be announced on December 9 at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club. Recent winners include Margaret Wrinkle in 2013 for Wash, Ben Fountain in 2012 for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Bonnie Nadzam in 2011 for Lamb, and Karl Marlantes in 2010 for Matterhorn.

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the art of fiction. The mission of the Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. Resources in the Center’s 8-story building on E. 47th Street include a ground floor bookshop, a second floor reading room and event space, open stacks on the fourth and fifth floors, an archive along with a book group and screening room space on the sixth floor, and a Writers’ Library and Writers’ Studio on the top floor. The Center offers an array of creative programs for readers and writers alike. The CFF seeks to serve the reading public, to build a larger audience for fiction, and to create a place where readers and writers can share their passion for literature.

Nominees (alphabetical by title)

The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Krug Benjamin (Atria Books)

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (Black Cat)

Byrd by Kim Church (Dzanc Books)

Cementville by Paulette Livers (Counterpoint)

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld (Harper)

The End of Always by Randi Davenport (Twelve)

For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson (Ecco)

The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe (Knopf)

The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil (Grove Press)

The Invention of Exile by Vanessa Manko (Penguin Press)

The Kept by James Scott (Harper)

Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique (Riverhead Books)

The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson (Little Brown and Company)

Life Drawing by Robin Black (Random House)

Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah (Sarah Crichton Books)

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston (Random House)

Ruby by Cynthia Bond (Hogarth)

Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend (W.W. Norton & Company)

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (Thomas Dunne Books)

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang (Scribner)

The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart (Little Brown and Company)

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (Simon & Schuster)

What Ends by Andrew Ladd (New Issues Poetry & Prose)

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon (Doubleday Books)

Young God by Katherine Faw Morris (FSG)




  1. A great list of books. The ones I’ve read have all been great and the ones I haven’t (aside form the ones I’ve not heard of before, but will check out now) are ones I am looking forward to avidly. Thank you for posting.


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