Centre for Fiction First Novel Prize 2022 longlist announced.

The longlist for The Centre for Fiction First Novel Prize 2022 was announced on Thursday, July 28, 2022. Here are the writers of African descent on the list.

The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize is an annual award presented by The Centre for Fiction, a non-profit organization in New York, USA since 2006. It recognizes the year’s best debut novel as selected by a panel of distinguished American writers and carries with it an award of $15,000. Previous winners include De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Tiphanie Yanique, Junot Diaz, Margaret Wrinkle, and Raven Leilani.

The longlist with twenty-four debut novels selected from over 140 submitted titles with U.S. publication dates between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, was revealed on Thursday, July 28. Ninety-six volunteer readers chosen from The Center’s diverse community of writers, booksellers, librarians, members, and staff determined the longlist. From these recommended titles, a judging panel of five distinguished authors—to be announced—will choose the shortlist and the winner.

Here are the writers of African descent who made the longlist;

  • Nobody’s Magic, Destiny O. Birdsong (Hachette Book Group, Grand Central Publishing)
  • What the Fireflies Knew, Kai Harris (Penguin Random House/ Tint Reparations Books)
  • Post-traumatic, Chantal V. Johnson (Hachette Book Group/ Little, Brown and Company)
  • Nightcrawling, Leila Mottley (Penguin Random House/ Alfred A. Knopf)
  • If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English, Noor Naga (Graywolf Press)
  • Vagabonds!, Eloghosa Osunde (Penguin Random House/ Riverhead Books)
  • Big Girl, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (W. W. Norton & Company/ Liveright)

The shortlist will be announced in the fall, and the winner will be announced at The Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit on December 6th, 2022.