By Peggy Morehouse
The Center for Fiction has announced its long list for the First Novel Prize awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. Check out the list. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite author!
The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and works to connect readers and writers. Time Out calls The Center one of the top three reasons to stay in Manhattan for literary events, citing the innovative panels, lectures and conversations that take place in their beautiful building on East 47th Street. They also feature workspace, grants, and classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and contemporary authors, and programs to help get kids reading. They recognize the best in the world of fiction through annual awards, and operate one of the few independent fiction book shops in the country. The Center for Fiction was started in 1820 by New York City merchants before the advent of the public library system.