The Friends of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, give a biennial award of $1,000 to a writer who has published a significant work of fiction dealing directly with the region of the San Fernando Valley. The purpose of the award is to recognize important contributions to fiction about (or including significant reference to) the San Fernando Valley, and to promote awareness of the region. Judges for this award include select members of the Friends of the Oviatt Library Board, members of the faculty at California State University, Northridge, and members of the Oviatt Library faculty or staff. The winning author is honored at an awards reception at CSUN to share and discuss their work.
Winner of the 2019 San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction: Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini.
Winner of the 2017 San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction: Antoine Wilson, Panorama City.