New Rivers Press publishes several series of books.
- American Fiction Anthologies - After an 11-year pause, New Rivers Press has revived its American Fiction anthology series with American Fiction, Volume 11: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, an anthology of stories selected through a national competition. Volume 12 will be published in 2012. The series was originally carried by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group.
- American Fiction Series - The American Fiction Series is New Rivers Press’ conduit for publishing fiction outside the Many Voices Project competition. Recent titles include Rachel L. Coyne’s Whiskey Heart.
- American Poetry Series - The American Poetry Series is New Rivers Press’ vehicle for publishing poetry outside the Many Voices Project competition. Recent titles include Holaday Mason’s Towards the Forest and Lisa Gill's Mortar & Pestle.
- Electronic Book Series - The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series is an e-book-only series that publishes popular fiction titles with literary value in the genres of Action-adventure, Crime, Detective, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Western, and Inspirational, and all sub-genres within and across those categories, from new and emerging authors.
- Many Minnesotas Project - The Many Minnesotas Project is a series of anthologies about particular ethnic groups in Minnesota. Most recently, New Rivers published To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, which received the 2007 Midwest Booksellers' Association Honor Award for Poetry and the 2007 WILLA Award for Poetry.
- Many Voices Project - Since 1981, New Rivers Press has been publishing the work of new and emerging writers through its Many Voices Project competition. The submission period is Sept. 15 through Nov. 1 each year with winners selected in poetry and prose. New Rivers recently concluded screening 2012 submissions for publication in 2013. MVP titles in the 2012 book release include a collection of short stories, Good Things by Nick Knittel, the novel Haints by Clint McCown, and a collection of poetry, And Then, by previous MVP winner Tim Nolan. Our MVP prize winners published in 2012 are The Way of All Flux, a collection of poems by Arizona author Sharon Suzuki-Martinez and It Takes You Over by Minnesota author Nick Healy. Our 2012 collection includes volume 12 of American Fiction, co-edited by Kristen Tsetsi, Bruce Pratt, and Bayard Godsave.
- New Rivers Abroad Series - New Rivers Press occasionally publishes translations of literary writing from outside the United States in its New Rivers Abroad Series. Recent publications include a collection of contemporary Swedish poetry entitled The Forest of Childhood. The Press continues to seek manuscripts and funding for this series.
New Rivers Press also teaches MSUM undergraduate and graduate students the business of publishing, offering the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Publishing at the bachelor’s or master’s level and to work as interns to gain practical experience. The activities of the press and its related curriculum dovetail nicely with the school’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and are also integrated into art and graphic design, English, marketing, mass communications, promotions, and website development classes at MSUM. The book release schedule is matched with the academic calendar.
Every August, Professor Allen Sheets, Art Director at New Rivers Press, selects several senior art and design students who can meet hard deadlines, communicate clearly, and produce work that isn’t “following whatever trend is happening,” he said, to design New Rivers Press book releases. Some draw cover art, but most adjust and augment their own photos using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
For more information about New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University Moorhead, click the following images to watch Parts 1 and 2 of our informational video at YouTube.
New Rivers Press is actively partnering with other arts organizations to publish books. The Press worked with the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, to publish a gallery catalog and reappraisal of the sculptor Duane Hanson. The Press also worked with the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing to publishSlippery Men by Penelope Schwartz Robinson, the winner of the Stonecoast Book Prize. Forthcoming, New Rivers Press will publish the winner of Fairfield University’s Fairfield MFA Book Prize. The Press is actively seeking such partnerships.
New Rivers Press is a not-for-profit literary small press. Wayne Gudmundson, director; Alan Davis, senior editor; and Suzzanne Kelley, managing editor, are responsible for day-to-day operations. Administrative supervisors at Minnesota State University Moorhead include Bette Midgarden, vice president of Academic Affairs; and Tim Borchers, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. The ad hoc Advisory Board includes writers and other members of the literary community as well as others who support the arts.
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