NaNoWriMo Sale: 25% off Novels!

November marks the beginning of another NaNoWriMo season, that is, National Novel Writing Month. To celebrate, New Rivers Press is offering 25% off all of our novels when ordered from our website. The sale will go active on Thursday November 3rd and will run through November 30th.

In order to see a list of all our novels, click on the “Shop” tab on our website, then underneath “Product Categories” on the right sidebar, choose “By Genre” then “Novels.” Here is a quick link to the store page.

We will be taking pre-orders for Elizabeth Searle’s novel We Got Him, a family drama set during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The book is slated to be released November 15th, and pre-orders will be shipped out thereafter. Pre-order sales for We Got Him will include the 25% off for the month of November.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on some Fall-Into-Winter reading. Be sure to leave a review on the novel’s shop page once you finish!

As for National Novel Writing month, each year, writers from around the country and the world challenge themselves to write a whole novel, (bench-marked at 50,000, according to within the month of November. For many writers, this is the kick they need in order to get and stay motivated and to not be bogged down by over-thinking or over-editing their own work.

NaNoWriMo can be an informal personal challenge, or a writer can sign up on the official NaNoWriMo website in order to track their progress, receive support from the community of other writers participating in the event and partake in other resources from the organization. Its still not too late to get in on the fun, check out their website here.

New Rivers Press supports all you brave and fantastic writers who are taking up the challenge this year. Good luck to you all!



Fall Launch Events


We have some early Halloween treats for you!


This October, we published five new books: It Turns Out Like This by Stephen Coyne, Flucht by Michelle Matthees, The Field by Tim Nolan, A Beautiful Hell by Carol Ratchenski, and American Fiction Volume 15. We have some upcoming events to celebrate their release.


Here’s a basic rundown:

  • Thursday October 27
    • Stephen Coyne, Michelle Matthees, Tim Nolan, and Carol Ratchenski will read excerpts from their new books. Refreshments will be served.
    • MSUM Comstock Memorial Union, 1104 7th Ave. S Moorhead, MN 56563
    • 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday October 28
    • Sip some hot coffee and listen to excerpts from our newest publications!
    • Babb’s Coffee House, 604 Main Ave. Fargo, ND 58103
    • 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday October 29
    • Halloween-themed reading and activities, including trivia and a book-related costume contest.
    • Moorhead Public Library, 118 5th St. S Moorhead, MN 56560
    • 1:30-5:30 p.m.


Each author formulated a drink for his or her book, and we will be releasing them via our Facebook page throughout the next week. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to like our Facebook page so you don’t miss out! While you’re there, click “attend” on our launch events. That way you’ll get a reminder and can easily find all of the details.


We hope to see you there!

Catch NRP at Rain Taxi this Saturday: Twin Cities Book Festival

Rain Taxi is Minnesota’s own micro-AWP conference, and I look forward to it each year. The events, the local vendors and authors, and the speakers invite us into an exciting community of books.  The 2016 Rain Taxi events take place October 14th and 15th in the Progress Center and Fine Arts Building of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. New Rivers Press will once again be hosting a table in the book fair on October 15th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Are you ready for a blind date with a book?

This year, we are hoping to make our mark on Rain Taxi in our own special way with the introduction of Blind Date with a Book. If you’ve never had the pleasure of a blind date with a book before, the idea is simple. We have wrapped some of our older titles in heavy paper and written a few descriptive words on them (type of book, main theme, author origin, etc.) and you can select which book appeals to you most. This ‘blind’ book picking really helps you not judge a book by its cover! They are only $3 each, and we have plenty to look through. Visit our booth and feel like a kid on Christmas, weighing and feeling each book to try and find out their secrets. No peeking though!


the-field-tim-nolanIn addition to that new feature, we also have all of our newest titles available for sale at the book festival. New Rivers Press is happy to announce that our three new books of poetry: Tim Nolan’s The Field, Carol Kapaun Ratchenski’s A Beautiful Hell, and Michelle Mathees’s Flucht will all be on sale, the latter two will have been released just that day.


There will also be free prize drawings throughout the day. Come visit our newest authors to get the inside scoop on their inspiration for the book, the creative process, and what all a-beautiful-hell-carol-kapaun-ratchenskiwe do for our authors at New Rivers Press. Tim, Carol and Michelle—the authors mentioned above—will all be there to sign and talk about their new books; additionally, Julie Gard, author of last year’s Home Studies, will be there as well. Not only will we have authors to chat with, but you can meet students and interns of the NRP publishing program that we offer at MSU Moorhead.


Lastly, be sure to check out our table for information on our new T-shirt contest. We are seeking any creative flucht-michelle-mattheesminds to design and pitch us an (appropriate) snarky T-shirt for events just like Rain Taxi, as well as our online store. You can submit your ideas in person at Rain Taxi, but you can also share them via our social media. Whoever has the largest number of likes, retweets, shares, repins, and the like after the window closes will win the contest, earning the grand prize of $50, a New Rivers Press tote bag, and their design featured on shirts at literary conventions and in our online store.



You can find more information about Rain Taxi and their scheduled events on their website. We hope to see you there!


Written by Anna Landsverk
Originally published October 13, 2016

DragonFest, Devil Pride

Yesterday was Minnesota State University Moorhead’s DragonFest. This event invites businesses, not-for-profits, and school organizations to set up booths and interact with the public. Some booths had free candy, some had free pizza, and some had free cookies. Personally, I think we had the best goodies: free books.

New Rivers Press publishes the best literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by new and emerging authors from around Minnesota and the world. But that’s only part of what we do. We want to share these stories with readers. If we could, we’d hand out free books all the time.

If you missed us at DragonFest, don’t worry. We’re always willing to answer any questions you may have.

Printing devil pride forever!

Meet the Staff 2016/2017

Meet the Staff 

Another year at New Rivers Press is upon us and with it, another batch of student interns. We are very excited to have five with us this year, more than we’ve had in awhile, and look forward to what wonderful, book-related mischief we can get into with their help. Let’s get to know our five interns, some new and some old, as well as NRP’s managing editor.


 Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown is a senior at MSUM from Spokane, Washington. She is majoring in English with a Writing Emphasis and minoring in Philosophy. She has completed the Certificate in Publishing and hopes to work in the field after she graduates from college. Ever the outdoorswoman, she loves going for hikes and participates in MSUM’s Rock Climbing Club and Swim Team. On the side, she works as a barista for a certain coffee shop in town and makes a mean frappe. Her favorite book is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This will be Taylor’s first year interning with New Rivers Press.



Kyle Courteau

Kyle is in his final year at MSUM. After a rocky start, he eventually switched his major to English with a Writing Emphasis and a minor in Communication Studies. His interest in publishing stems from his experiences in grade school with dyslexia where reading was always a struggle. However, one of his teachers worked with him carefully to help him understand how the dyslexia was affecting him and how to read quickly in spite of the disability. She introduced him to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which features characters with various conditions like ADHD and dyslexia and diverse identities of race and sexuality. With the support Kyle’s teacher gave him and his personal interest in these books, he became a very avid reader.  His goal as a publisher is to help books like this reach children in similar positions and inspire them to work with their disabilities and enjoy reading. This is Kyle’s first year interning with New Rivers Press.


Laura Grimm

Laura is a sophomore at MSUM and is double majoring in English and Mass Communications. She grew up on a dairy farm in Waconia, MN. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and playing piano. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, but she strangely is not a fan of romance novels, though she will read almost anything else. Because she’s a bookworm, she’s pursuing the Publishing Certificate and hopes to one day work at a publishing press as more than an intern. In the meantime, this is Laura’s second year as an Honors Apprentice intern for New Rivers.



Anna Landsverk

Anna Landsverk is a junior, although this is only her second year at MSUM. She is an English major with an Economics minor and two certificates. She is a second-year Honors Apprentice intern with New Rivers Press, as well as the new assistant editor for The Advocate, MSUM’s student newspaper. She enjoys soccer, video games, theater, volunteering, reading, and being outdoors. Anna greatly appreciates getting to work with New Rivers Press again this year; she looks forward to another year of helping make wonderful, original literature a reality.



Mikaila Norman

Mikaila Norman is going on her third year at MSUM and her third year as an Honors Apprentice Intern at the Press. Her plate is full with a double major in English with a Publishing Emphasis and Cultural Anthropology, as well as a minor in Creative Writing and the Certificate in Publishing. She has aspirations of becoming a copyeditor and helping authors bring their stories to life, as well as writing her own works of fiction. When she is not studying or mixing paint at a local hardware store, she enjoys reading, drawing and watching anime. This year she finds herself being the ruler of the nerds as President of MSUM’s Anime Club, a position that has so far brought her great joy. She is looking forward to another successful and fun-filled year at New Rivers Press.


Nayt Rundquist

Nayt Rundquist is New Rivers Press’s managing editor and the one in charge of all the aforementioned little Printing Devils. He is a recent graduate of MSUM’s (now defunct) Masters of Creative Writing program, and this is his second year as managing editor. When he is not too busy teaching classes, editing books, and being the boss, he enjoys reading. He is fond of comic books and prose books alike, and recently read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, a Hugo-winning science fiction novella, which he greatly enjoyed.


Written by Mikaila Norman
Originally published September 13, 2016