The Center for Fiction has announced the establishment of the Susan Kamil Award for Emerging Writers, a new award to honor the memory and influence of the late editor Kamil, former executive v-p and publisher of the Random House imprint, who died Sept. 8, 2019.

The new Susan Kamil literary prize will provide ongoing support to the Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writer Fellowship Program, which provides grants and other services to up to nine writers each year at an early stage in their careers. The Center For Fiction plans to raise $250,000 to create an endowment to support the Emerging Writer Fellowship. The Center has raised about one-third of that amount, including a lead donation of $25,000 from Penguin Random House.

The Center for Fiction will select its first winners of the Susan Kamil Award for Emerging Writers in 2021.

A much respected and inspiring editorial presence, Kamil acquired and edited dozens of acclaimed authors, among them, Salman Rushdie, Elizabeth Strout, Annie Barrows, Allegra Goodman, Sophie Kinsella, Sting, and Gary Shteyngart.

To make a donation or to find more information on the award, please visit the Center for Fiction website.