Our Favorite Books of 2017

The year is nearly over, so it’s time for some best-of book recommendations. We gathered together and reviewed our recently-read book pile to make a list of our favorites to share with you. Here they are in no particular...

April L. Ford: 2013 Literary Awards Program — Fiction

The 2015 Literary Awards Program ends on November 2nd. Grand prize is $1500, and two runner ups will receive $1000 each. Those three will also be evaluated for publication with SFWP, receiving a competitive contract for a full market, frontlist...

The Economics of Spooning by April L. Ford

“I can’t do it without getting hard.” “Please try.” “How?” “I don’t know!  Think of something that doesn’t make you hard.” “Then what’s the point?” Jackie pulled away from Kyle.  She stared at the wall she and her dorm mate...

2013 SFWP Literary Award Program Winner April L. Ford!

Introducing SFWP’s 2013 Literary Award program winner, April L. Ford! Here, she discusses writing, contests, and occasional misspellings.   Sheila Lamb: Your short story collection, The Poor Children, won the 2013 Literary Awards Program. How did you...

A Marmalade Cat for Jenny (an excerpt) by April L. Ford

We never left them dangling there for long, swaying back and forth between the fenceposts, little Jenny’s skipping rope suspending them above the ground in scuffed pink neckties. Sometimes Jenny would spy on us then come running over with glossy …