After months and months of sometimes-frenzied but always enjoyable reading, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award committee is excited to announce that, from a field of 112 debut novels submitted in all, we have finally narrowed the selection to 12 semifinalists.
We’d like to thank all of those who submitted to the award this year, as well as our wonderful volunteer readers in the VCU English Department, the MFA program in creative writing, the Friends of the VCU Library, the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, the Richmond literary community, and beyond.
Without further ado, the 2014 semifinalists are:
Y by Marjorie Celona
Borrowed Horses by Sian Griffiths
Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman
The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna
Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian
Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Assembler of Parts by Raoul Wientzen
The Sound of Songs Across the Water by Rob Yardumian
Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
Fort Starlight by Claudia Zuluaga
Stay tuned for news on our three finalists in just a few more weeks!