That’s a wrap for the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference! The colossal convention took place this past week, March 8th through the 10th, in Tampa Bay, Florida. New Rivers Press took this opportunity to get out of the cold winter of Minnesota and bask in the sun, warm weather, and hordes of books at the AWP Bookfair.
Once again, New Rivers Press had the pleasure of hosting a table at the AWP Bookfair, but this year brought the addition of a few new faces. Interns Anna, Cameron, Laura, and Mikaila had the opportunity to travel to Tampa and represent the press by selling books, taking part in panels, and shamelessly sporting their NRP printer’s devil T-Shirts.
New Rivers Press is always looking for ways to improve and expand its audience, so each intern chose at least one panel to attend and report on. A few of the topics included podcasting, marketing, crowdfunding, community building in small towns and mid-sized cities, and maximizing online sales. Everyone looks forward to reporting back to the press and incorporating this acquired knowledge into press operations.
Following the three-day thrill of the conference, the staff and interns are recovering from sleep deprivation, jet lag, and the shock of returning to sub-sixty weather.
New Rivers Press is partnering with MSUM Literary Magazine, Red Weather to host a Literary Scavenger Hunt and Open Mic Night for the students of MSUM.
Beginning at 2pm on Monday, November 6th Red Weather and New Rivers Press will be hosting a campus-wide scavenger hunt for free literary goodies! Students are encouraged to pick a literary item—their favorite book or a piece of their own original work—and hide it somewhere around campus to be found by other participants in the hunt. They may hide their special item wherever they please, but they must take a photo of the item in its place and post it on Instagram with the hashtag: #RWScavengerHunt. The item will then be up for grabs! Lucky hunters who find a literary treasure are then asked to re-post the item to their own Instagram announcing that it has been found. Finally, the finder is asked to replace the item with an item of their own in a spot of their choosing. (This is not mandatory but makes the hunt a little more interesting!)
The hunt will end at 6 PM when the participants, as well as others on campus, are invited to join NRP and Red Weather in the Sun Garden Lounge located in the CMU! There will be spoken poetry, music and other performances by MSUM students, staff, and faculty!
Let us know if you think we should do other events like this, on the MSUM campus or in the Fargo-Moorhead area in the comments.
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.