John Englehardt Wins the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

June 29, 2020

Bloomland by John Englehardt book coverJohn Englehardt has won the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during the preceding calendar year. His winning book, Bloomland, published by Dzanc Books, deftly tells the aftermath story of a shooting at a fictional southern university, following three characters and the larger community over two decades, and is told in a provocative, implicating second-person style point of view.

Englehardt will receive the award during a public virtual event Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. that will involve a moderated discussion and Q&A. Details of the event and additional materials will be made available at

Englehardt was one of three finalists for the prize, now in its 19th year. The other finalists were Kiley Reid for Such a Fun Age and Ocean Vuong for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

For more information about this year's Cabell First Novelist selection, please see the article posted at VCU News.