2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Announced

December 12, 2018 | 1 book mentioned

Tommy Orange‘s There There wins the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize!

Awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year, the winner is given $10,000. This year’s judges were Jeffery Renard Allen, Julie Lekstrom Himes, Katie Kitamura, Rachel Kushner, and Dana Spiotta.

There There was featured in our 2018 Great Book Preview, snagged a spot in The Millions Top Ten, and made an appearance in multiple Year in Reading entries. About the novel, YiR alum Ada Limón wrote:

Tommy Orange’s There There had me deeply disturbed and enthralled, not only for the characters and cultural veracity, but because I think he’s an incredible master of time.

Here are the authors that made this year’s short and long lists.

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