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From the press release>

MOORHEAD, MN, July 1, 2012 – 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 competition, 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.


  1. The publisher should pay the author, not vice versa.

    A reading fee is a rip off of massive proportions.

    I haven’t seen their “standard” contract, but I’m betting it’s just full of other ways to screw naive authors.

  2. I’m sorry you feel that way, Marilynn. I see that New Rivers Press is a non-profit organization that doubles as a teaching press at a public university. I think it’s reasonable to think that the press might have some expenses that need to be covered somehow, and that it takes up someone’s time to screen manuscripts and then work with an author to make a great book.

  3. A teaching press with a public university subsidy to pay the bills and all that free help from the student interns and tenured staff doesn’t need the extra cash. Honest publishers don’t have all those freebies this press has, and they certainly don’t expect to be paid to read submissions.

    Unfortunately, many literary writers pride themselves on their business stupidity and ignorance of the publishing industry so I’m sure this press will have all kinds of submissions with a check attached.

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