Cynthia Ward

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Cynthia Ward

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Writing Sample

Opening paragraph of “Norms” (published in Triangulation: Last Contact, July 2011)

We walk. All around us, their eyes watch. Eyes like gems, like flame, like pools of water, tiger’s eyes, insect eyes, pools of blood. Many part around us. A few brush against us, touch us with hands, tendrils, fur. Once, feathers linger against my cheek. We walk, Trey, Aniye, and I. We walk past new shops selling food and drink, scent, fashion. We walk through whispers. “Norms.” “Why are they here?” “Ugly.” “Exotic.” “They really do look alike.”

What I Write

I write science fiction, fantasy, horror, nonfiction, and a bit of suspense fiction.


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With Nisi Shawl, I coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press). My short novel, The Adventure of the Incognita Countess, is forthcoming from Aqueduct.  Most of my fiction publications and some of my nonfiction are listed at

Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

I met last year’s goal (finishing & submitting the novella “The Adventure of the Incognita Countess”) and subsequently sold my project to L. Timmel Duchamp of Aqueduct Press.  Now to make the sequel, “The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum,” coherent enough to show to my beta readers.