2040 Books

An Exciting new Multicultural Imprint from SFWP


Our current contest for the James Alan McPherson Award runs until Dec.15th. 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. This year’s judge is the fabulous writer, Gish Jen, who was one of James’ students.

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 just named one of Buzzfeeds best twenty-five books for fall, 2018. Coil also listed All Roads Lead to Blood as one of the most anticipated books for September, 2018.

Will you be next? For updates and more information on our current contest, and for submissions, please visit the Contest’s webpage.


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.