About Us

SFK Press cultivates the diverse voices of the South with artistic expression as divergent as Brooklyn’s Williamsburg or Chicago’s Wicker Park.  SFK Press- Cultivating the artistic voices of the New Millennium with a Southern Accent.

What Exactly is SFK Press

The path for an artist to reach a wider audience is no longer exclusively controlled by corporate gatekeepers measuring each choice purely by its economic return. This is the founding premise of SFK Press, an independent publisher based in Metro Atlanta.

 In the Deep South, where the bespectacled Flannery O’Connor inhabits every literary tick, the contemporary narrative is dynamic. We’re marching far beyond the cynical stories of the 20th century.  Authors have dumped the askew pastorals on their asses. We recognize that cultivating new voices requires broadening the definition of Southern writing. The hero isn’t always represented in a conventional fashion.

 Our debut title, Lying for a Living by Steve McCondichie, releases on February 28, 2017, and the details for the inaugural novel contest will be announced at the 2017 AWP Conference & Book Fair. Additionally, we are proud members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

 

Who We Are

 

FELICE SIMS: Managing Editor

As a reader, publisher and editor, I’ve done it all. With a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Georgia State University and a M.A. in Publishing from Kingston University, London, I’ve had the pleasure of working as a literary agent, a book review blogger and a manuscript editor. I’ve had the phenomenal experience of working within the walls of large, conglomerate publishing houses (Random House, Hachette Livre, Little, Brown) as well as exceptional non-fiction houses, such as Zed Books. I had the pleasure of being agent and editor for J.J. Hensley’s renowned debut novel, Resolve, and now, I’m looking forward to finding the freshest, bravest, most daring voices in Southern fiction writing! Show me your heart and soul on every page.

CHELSEY GUY: Editorial Assistant

What fictional world would you love to live in and why?

I would love to live in the world of Wakanda! Wakanda is the fictional comic book kingdom where the Black Panther reigns as king. The world is occupied only by black Africans, and the society is incredibly advanced. The culture of Wakanda is incredibly empowering to me as a black woman since every woman is taught how to be a warrior and the ruling class of Wakanda are all protected by black female warriors. Wakanda depends on black women and is run by them, and there are few things more inspiring to me than that. I would love to be a part of that.

 

Who is your least favorite fictional character ever and why?

I wrote my first novel when I was twelve years old, and it was not because I was bored or wanted to try something new. It was because I was angry at a book – no, actually, a book’s character. Bella Swan from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight is the reason that I am a writer today. To me, Bella was dull, full of melodramatic teenage angst, and lacking in personality. There was nothing special about Bella Swan to me. I was livid at the loss of potential in Twilight. The dormant potential of the book is what enraged me, but the creation of a character like Bella Swan stoked the flames. 

Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?

Ever since I read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, I have not been able to stop thinking about the character of Binti. I think it is because she encapsulates everything I want my female protagonists to be. Binti is my role model for what a character should be in a story. Binti is extraordinary with her own beliefs, culture, history, and more. Binti is realistic to me. Binti just feels real. She isn’t a character to me but an actual person, and I love her. She’s my favorite character of all time, and I would love to see more women like her written into existence.

EMERY DUFFEY: Editorial Assistant

Growing up, I always wanted to be a writer. The trendy, bohemian type of writer that looked like someone straight off of the set of Rent. At eighteen years old, it seemed hip and cool – whatever the kids call it these days. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts in English and working to pay actual rent for four and a half years as a freelance writer, here’s a spoiler alert:  It’s not as hip and trendy as I thought. It’s a special kind of hell where I get beat my own head into a wall, but a hell that I love.

Who is your favorite fictional character ever and why?

My favorite fictional character is Daria. She’s basically me when I was in high school – a nebulous loner who avoided social circles like the plague. Okay, let’s face it. She’s still me now. Give us coffee and solitude – and that one friend who’s always ride or die. Otherwise, you might find us hiding out in a discarded cardboard box avoiding society.  

Who is your least favorite fictional character ever and why?

My least favorite fictional character is Sonia from Nine Months. Don’t get me wrong – the novel is worth a read. But, come on, Sonia. You find out you’re pregnant with child three and take that as an opportunity to go on a road trip halfway across the country for the better part of your pregnancy, leaving your husband and kids behind with no word or warning? Girl, I need you to get it together. That’s a really bad time to have an identity crisis, especially after you spent the better half of the book criticizing other mothers and women who opted out of motherhood.  

What fictional world would you love to live in and why?

If I could pick any fictional world to live in, it’d be Isla Nublar of the Jurassic Park franchise. I’m a fangirl of literally all the books, games, and movies. If Isla Nublar existed, you wouldn’t see me ever again. I’d disappear into the jungle to live with the velociraptors, tame the T-Rex, and stampede with the triceratops. Y’all wouldn’t hear from me again. *raptor shrieks while showing teeth* We can all dream, right?

 

 

Meet the Writing Competition 2017 Judges

 

Gisele Firmino is the author of The Marble Army (Outpost19, March 2016). She earned her B.A. from Pepperdine University and an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Born and raised in the south of Brazil, Gisele’s writing has also appeared in such journals as Necessary FictionExpressionists and Rose & Thorn. She works as a writing instructor, a freelance translator and lyricist and is also the program coordinator for Queens University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

Soniah Kamal is a Pushcart Prize nominated essayist and fiction writer. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Her short story ‘Fossils’, judged by Claudia Rankine, won the 2017 Agnes Scott Festival Fiction Award, and her short story ‘Jelly Beans’ is selected for the 2017 Best of Asian Fiction Anthology. Soniah’s 2017 TEDx talk, Redreaming Your Dream, is about giving yourself the gift of a second chance. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Missing Slate, BuzzFeed, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Normal School and more. Soniah is currently working on her second novel. 

Jessica Handler is the author of Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, named by the Georgia Center for the Book, one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read.” Atlanta Magazine called it the “Best Memoir of 2009.” Her second book, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss, was praised by Vanity Fair magazine as “a wise and encouraging guide.” Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Bitter Southerner, Drunken Boat, Newsweek, The Washington Post, More Magazine, and elsewhere. Honors include residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, a 2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writers Center, the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship for the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, a Georgia Author of the Year award, and special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. She teaches at Oglethorpe University and lectures internationally on writing about trauma.

Contact

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