Awards: Center for Fiction First Novel Longlist; Nature Writing Prize for Working-Class Writers Shortlist

A longlist of 27 titles has been selected for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, which honors the best debut fiction of the year. The winner receives $15,000, and each of the other shortlisted authors receives $1,000. The shortlisted titles will be announced this fall, and the winner will be announced in December at the Center for Fiction's Annual Awards Benefit.


Dal Kular, Joanne Key and Jasmine Farndon have been shortlisted for the 2021 Nature Writing Prize for Working-Class Writers. The Bookseller noted that the award was set up in 2020 by Natasha Carthew to "help break the stereotype of what is perceived as a nature writer." It is free to enter for writers all over the U.K., and is sponsored this year by Gaia Books and the National Trust. 

The prize includes editorial feedback from Gaia Books, a stay with National Trust Holidays worth £500 (about $695) and a nature writing commission with the National Trust based on the stay, publication in the Countryman magazine, and a selection of Little Toller books of their choosing. The overall winner will be named later this year.

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