MVP Series: 2012 Competition

Bookmark HERE for guidelines to this national competition.
Submissions accepted Sept. 15 - Nov. 1, 2012 (postmark). Finalist judges have not been announced.

We are pleased to announce the poetry winner for 2011! Congratulations to:

Rare Earth

Bradford Tice

Finalist judge Debra Marquart is currently selecting a winner. Watch for our announcement.

Congratulations to winners and finalists. Thank you to all who submitted manuscripts.

New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series

Press accepting manuscripts for The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series

New Rivers Press is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing popular fiction titles with literary value. For The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series, the press is seeking manuscripts from new and emerging authors 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. Manuscripts will be accepted electronically through Submittable (formerly Submishmash) until Sept. 1.


There is a $20 reading fee. Each author selected for publication will receive a $250 honorarium and a standard electronic book contract. All books will be distributed internationally in e-book formats.

The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series will be administered by Associate Editor Ryan C. Christiansen, a writer, editor, publisher, and educator living in Fargo, ND. Mr. Christiansen received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for fiction as well as his Certificate in Publishing from Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he was the managing editor for the literary journal Red Weather. He brings twenty years career experience as a writer and editor to the position, including stints as a small-town newspaper editor, military journalist, technical writer, and trade journal editor. This fall, he will be teaching English at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.



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Bill Truesdale, who founded NRP, would be proud. Despite a case of lead poisoning, he published 350 copies of Margaret Randall's collection, So Many Rooms Has a House But One Roof, in 1968.

Over 330 books later, New Rivers, now a non-profit teaching press based since 2001 at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), has a dual mission. We have remained true to Bill's original goal, to publish the best new
literature and advance the careers of new and emerging writers. Now, we are also a teaching press that provides learning opportunities for students, who can earn a Certificate in Publishing from MSUM, design a book, and help the press in all area of its operations.

We are especially grateful to THE MCKNIGHT FOUNDATION for its continued support.
Without such support, New Rivers Press would be unable to serve its dual mission. We are also grateful to our donors for their assistance. If you can afford to join us, please consider a membership with New Rivers Press. 

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New Rivers Press was founded in 1968 by C. W. "Bill" Truesdale and has published more than 340 titles. In 2001, after Truesdale's death, Alan Davis and Wayne Gudmundson were instrumental in reviving and relocating it to MSUM, where its dual mission is to publish literary work of every character, with an emphasis on new and emerging writers, and to provide learning opportunities, including a Certificate in Publishing, for students in partnership with MSUM. The press honors Truesdale's progressive spirit by publishing work with a strong sense of place that speaks to our troubled times with satyagraha (the truthforce), empathy, and aesthetic courage.

New Books October 2011

The Animals Beyond Us, poems
Michael Hettich

"His poems are finely observed, precisely felt, and they bring magic to the domestic life, the real magic of language that has power to transform a world." ~John Dufresne, author

Dissolve, poems
Holaday Mason

"I love Mason's instructive intensity and will, her grace and ability to translate desire into something scary yet gorgeous." ~David Dodd Lee, author

Downriver People, fiction
Bea Exner Liu

"Americans should read, and ponder, this humane memoir of an American life in a China now massively, but not unrecognizably, transformed."
~Robert A. Knapp

Girl Held in Home, fiction
Elizabeth Searle

"...Elizabeth Searle uses her signature zany brilliance to turn suburbia, adultery, parenting, politics, and even terrorism into something new and insightful." ~Ann Hood, author

Hotel Utopia, poems
Robert Miltner

"[This] is a book of angles. These poems come from one bend in the mind, then another, from one tilt in the heart, then another. Whether the content is personal, mystical, or political, the voice is deliciously agile." ~Tim Seibles, author

The Muse of Ocean Parkway and Other Stories
, short story collection
Jacob Lampart

"Not since
The Magic Barrel have I read a short story collection that delivers such lacerating wit and tempered realism." ~C. Michael Curtis, editor

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