Whether you’re a student, or full-time member of the work force you deserve a little treat for making it through the month of September. Our treat to you is the announcement of our very first Instagram book giveaway!  Also a fun way to celebrate National Book Month, this will (hopefully) become an annual event that our followers can look forward to. We hope this will give us the chance to engage with you, our social media masses, and reach out to a wider literary audience. So, please hop on over to our Instagram, and get in on the free book action!

Here’s how you enter for the oh-so-coveted chance to win a free book of your choosing:

  • Make sure you are following our Instagram account: @newriverspress
  • Like the post announcing the book giveaway
  • Tag a friend in the comments (make sure they like the post and follow our page as well!)
  • Wait (impatiently) for the contest window to close (Deadline specified in the Instagram post)

We will enter your name, as well as your friends, into a blind drawing to decide the FIVE winners of the contest. We ask that there be only one entry per person. The winners will be announced one at a time via our Instagram account. In the posts following the announcement of the first winner, we will include a list of the remaining options for prizes.

The five books featured in the giveaway are titles from the last publishing season. The winners will have their pick of the following titles published at New Rivers Press:

Flucht by Michelle Matthees

It Turns Out Like This by Stephen Coyne

We Got Him by Elizabeth Searle

American Fiction Volume 15, and

Frozen Voices by Lynne Heinzmann


In the time following the announcement of the giveaway we will be releasing short summaries of each of the possible book prizes to let our participants get an idea of which book they would like to receive should they be drawn as a winner.

Happy National Book Month!

—Cameron S

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