Matterhorn wins Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
8th December 2010
Karl Marlantes has won the 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for his Vietnam war-based novel Matterhorn.
Marlantes was presented with the USD 10,000 (GBP 6,340) prize by John Pipkin, who won the accolade last year with Woodsburner, during an awards dinner held at the Center for Fiction in New York.
The winner was selected by a judging panel of authors comprising Pipkin, Oscar Hijuelos, Sheila Kohler, Dawn Raffel and John Wray.
In winning the prize, which is open only to American debut novelists, Marlantes saw off competition from a shortlist that included Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste and Adam Ross' Mr. Peanut.
Julie Orringer's The Invisible Bridge, The Report by Jessica Francis Kane, Drew Perry's This is Just Exactly Like You and The Quickening by Michelle Hoover were also contesting the award.
The Center for Fiction also oversees the Maxwell E. Perkins Award, which recognises 'distinguished achievement' in editors, publishers or agents, and the Clifton Fadiman Medal, which honours books by American authors that deserve 'renewed recognition'.