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
Alyssa Songsiridej, Little Rabbit
Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Big Girl
(W. W. Norton & Company / Liveright)
Vauhini Vara, The Immortal King Rao
(W. W. Norton & Company)
Congratulations to the authors!