“This is really kind of ‘wow,’” she said. The collection represents many years of work and includes the first short story she penned, “A Marmalade Cat for Jenny,” she said.
The Santa Fe Writers Project fiction grand prize carries a $1,000 award, plus publication, according to the website of the independent press founded in 1998 in New Mexico.
Ford became managing editor this year of Digital Americana, a literary magazine, and she said overall 2013 has been filled with “so many good happenings” with her writing career.
In February, the collection had been shortlisted for SALT Publishing’s international Scott Prize. “The Poor Children” includes of seven stand-alone, stylistically different stories about the polarities of human behavior and the actions they compel, according to a media release from SUNY Oneonta.
One story is about a barren widow who fosters a set of orphanage twins and uses the children to attract guests to her haunted theater dinners, the release said. Another tells about a young man who decides he must leave his family and trailer park life before he can save his little sister from generational squalor.
Ford, who is Canadian, graduated with an undergraduate degree in creative writing from Concordia University in Montreal in 2007. She completed a master’s degree at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012.