Tiphanie Yanique won the Center for Fiction’s 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her book Land of Love and Drowning. The award comes with a $10,000 check to the winner and $1,000 to each shortlistee. In an acceptance speech, Yanique thanked the Center for Fiction for “[validating] our lives”, especially, she said, “in the beginning of our fiction careers.”
The shortlist included: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil, The Invention of Exile by Vanessa Manko, The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson, and We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. Starting this year, the accolade will be named The First Novel Prize.