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Queens' MFA Program Outshines Competition at Literary Awards

imageApril L. Ford, grand prize winner of the Santa Fe Writer's Project Literary Awards and a Queens MFA graduate.
10/23/13 -  

Queens University of Charlotte's MFA Creative Writing Program pulled off its own hat trick at the 2013 Santa Fe Writer's Project (SFWP) Literary Awards, claiming the top prize and both runner-up prizes.

MFA graduate April L. Ford took the grand prize for her short story collection, The Poor Children. MFA graduate Stephen Eoannou scored a runner-up prize for his story collection, Muscle Cars, while MFA faculty member Daniel Mueller grabbed the other runner-up prize for Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey, a collection of fiction. The SFWP is a prestigious organization established in 1998 to foster the art of writing. This year's awards winners were chosen from a field of more than 300 writers. Many of the past winners have gone on to achieve great success in the literary world.

Queens' MFA program offers established and emerging writers the opportunity to improve their craft through an intensive online and in-residence program that puts them in touch with other writers and superbly talented faculty. Writers may choose to study fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or writing for stage and screen. The program is four semesters long and requires a seven day in-residence session twice a year. As a testament to Queens' long-standing commitment to providing an excellent education, the MFA program is consistently ranked in the top tier of low-residency MFA programs by Poets & Writer's magazine.

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