The 2013 VCU Cabell First Novelist Semifinalists

This year we had a record-breaking number of submissions, nearly 140 first novels in all.  After many months of reading and reviewing, we have finally narrowed the selection to 14 semifinalists.

We’d like to thank all of those who submitted to the award last year, and also, all of our wonderful volunteer readers in the VCU English Department, the James Branch Cabell Library, and the Richmond literary community.

Without further ado, the 2013 semifinalists are….


Fobbit by David Abrams
Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
No One Is Here Except All Of Us by Ramona Ausubel
The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
When Captain Flint Was Still A Good Man by Nick Dybek
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Girl Below by Bianca Zander
Stay tuned for news on our three finalists in just a few more weeks!

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One Response to “The 2013 VCU Cabell First Novelist Semifinalists”

  1. Beth Morelli April 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Just think Mr. Penumbra, Mr. Penumbra…