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, debuted February 28, 2017. The inaugural novel contest broke ground at the 2017 AWP Conference & Book Fair Currently our qualified judges are selecting finalists to consider for publication. We are proud members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Keep checking this site and southernfriedkarma.com periodically for more information.

Meet The SFK Team

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 in every word. Get me to turn the page, to want more, to need to see your novel on the shelves of my local bookstore, and you’ll win me over for sure!

 You can follow Felice on Twitter @thenavireview

 

 

 

 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 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.

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.

You can follow Chelsey on Twitter @ChelseyJGuy

 

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.

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?

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.

You can follow Emery on Twitter @emery_duffey

Contact

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