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Here’s the shortlist for the Center for Fiction’s 2022 First Novel Prize.

Corinne Segal

September 29, 2022, 11:52am

The Center for Fiction has announced the shortlist for its 2022 First Novel Prize, which honors “the best debut fiction of the year” with a $15,000 prize.

The seven books on the list were selected by judges Matt Bell, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Megha Majumdar, Rebecca Makkai, and Chigozie Obioma from a longlist of 24 debut novels. Each shortlisted author will receive $1,000 and the winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit on December 6.

Here is the shortlist:

Daphne Palasi Andreades, Brown Girls
(Penguin Random House / Random House)

Jessamine Chan, The School for Good Mothers
(Simon & Schuster)

Isabel Kaplan, NSFW
(Macmillan / Henry Holt and Company)

Noor Naga, If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English
(Graywolf Press)

Alyssa Songsiridej, Little Rabbit
(Bloomsbury Publishing)

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Big Girl
(W. W. Norton & Company / Liveright)

Vauhini Vara, The Immortal King Rao
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Congratulations to the authors!

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