The Center for Fiction named its 2019 First Novel Prize shortlist over at LitHub this morning. The award is given to the “best debut novel published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the award year,” and the prize-winning author receives $10,000.
This year’s judges—Maaza Mengiste, Claire Messud, Emma Straub, Monique Truong, and Tommy Orange (last year’s winner)—whittled the 27-title longlist down to just seven titles.
Here’s the 2019 shortlist, with bonus links when applicable:
Fall Back Down When I Die by Joe Wilkins
The winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction’s annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on December 10.