2040 Books

A Multicultural Imprint from SFWP

2040 Books was founded after a series of discussions between Allen Gee and Andrew Gifford about the need for multicultural imprints in the publishing world.

 

The 2018 Grand Prize winner is Christina Chiu!

Her entry, Beauty, will be published soon by 2040 Books.

The contest is currently closed and will reopen in late 2019.

About the Contest

The James Alan McPherson Award is an annual contest designed to recognize minority authors. The next program will begin in late 2019. James McPherson was the author of the story collections Hue and Cry, and Elbow Room (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize). He also wrote the essay collection, A Region Not Home: Reflections from Exile, and the memoir, Crabcakes.
During his distinguished teaching career at the Iowa Writers Workshop, James read hundreds of manuscripts, judging for many national awards and renowned fellowships, because he felt it was his responsibility as an established writer to look out for future minority writers. 2040 Books is honored to be able to have our award named after him.
The winner receives $1,000 and will be offered a publishing contract. The 2018 judge was the fabulous writer, Gish Jen, who was one of James’ students. She selected Christina Chiu as the grand prize winner.
Last year’s grand prize was judged by Mat Johnson and went to Bonnie Chau, for All Roads Lead to Blood, which has received a starred Kirkus Review and was named one of Buzzfeed’s best twenty-five books for Fall 2018.

Grand prize winners, like 2017 winner Bonnie Chau, receive $1,000 and get published!

Read more about All Roads Lead to Blood, the first-ever winner of the 2040 Books Awards!

2018’s Judge

Gish Jen

The author of six previous books, Jen has published short work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other periodicals and anthologies. Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories four times, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike. Nominated for a National Book Critics’ Circle Award, her work was featured in a PBS American Masters’ special on the American novel, and is widely taught.

2017 Winners

News & Updates 

The 2018 Winner is Christinia Chiu!

Stay tuned for details!

Finalists Announced!

Find the list right here.

See last year’s 2040 Books Contest Finalists (2017)

The finalists from our 2017 Awards Program.

STAFF

Editor: Allen Gee

Allen is currently the Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at Columbus State University. He has served as Editor and Board Member at Gulf Coast, was the Faculty Fiction Editor for Arts & Letters for over a decade, and administered the MFA program at Georgia College. He is the author of the essay collection, My Chinese-America, and is James Alan McPherson’s designated biographer.

Executive Director: Andrew Gifford

Andrew has been the SFWP’s founding Editor, successfully operating SFWP since 1998. He has published over 30 titles, building SFWP's award-winning catalogue with an eclectic blend of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. He is the author of the memoir, We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Empire.

Assistant Editor: Pooja Desai

Pooja is currently completing her MFA at Georgia College. Her fiction has been published in Hothouse Magazine, and she’s finishing a short-story collection, Taboo.

Publicity: Morgan Coyner

Morgan is currently completing her MFA at Georgia College. Her fiction has appeared in The Atticus Review, The Key, Milk and Honey Magazine, The Vignette Review, and Lunch Ticket. She’s at work on a novel in vignettes.

The History of 2040 Books

2040 Books was founded after a series of discussions between Allen Gee and Andrew Gifford about the need for multicultural imprints in the publishing world. 2040 Books is grateful to Kenneth Procter, former Dean at Georgia College, and the MFA program at Georgia College, for its assistance with the imprint’s initial funding. We’re also grateful to writer and editor, Abbie Lahmers, who worked on our first title.