April Ford served as a Guest Editor for the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology, after her story “Project Fumarase” won a 2016 Pushcart Prize. In 2013, David Morrell selected her manuscript of stories, The Poor Children, to receive Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction. The debut collection was released worldwide by SFWP in 2015. April has spent time at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts as a Robert Johnson Fellow, and at Ucross Foundation as a Writer in Residence. She teaches creative writing to college students and works as a freelance editor, splitting her time between Canada and the US.
Selected Awards & Honors:
* Finalist, “If I Have a Daughter,” 2016 Lascaux Prize in Poetry.
* Guest Editor (prose), 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology.
* Finalist, “The Rag” (personal essay), Beecher’s Magazine‘s 2016 nonfiction contest.
* 2016 Pushcart Prize, “Project Fumarase” (short story).
* First Runner-Up, Carousel: A Novel, 2016 Salt Cay Writers Retreat Merit Scholarship Contest.
* Semi-Finalist, Gentle: A Novel, 2014 William Wisdom–William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society.
* Finalist, Gentle: A Novel, 2014 Molly Ivors Prize for Fiction, Gorsky Press.
* Grand Prize, The Poor Children: Stories, 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program for Fiction.
* Writer in Residence, May/June 2013, Ucross Foundation.
* Finalist, The Poor Children: Stories, 2013 international Scott Prize for a debut short story collection, Salt Publishing, UK.
* Robert Johnson Fellow, February 2013, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Click to download: The Poor Children press release.
(Photo credits from left to right: Parker Troischt, Bianca Tredennick, Antonella Fratino, Santa Fe Writers Project.)