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Catapult Catapult publishes books, produces a daily web magazine, offers writing classes, and hosts an open online writing platform.

Catapult publishes books, produces a daily web magazine, offers writing classes, and hosts an open online writing community. From the founders of Electric Literature and Black Balloon Publishing. Catapult is headquartered in New York, NY, with a second office in Portland, OR. Have a question? Shoot us an email at [email protected] Catapult welcomes your comments and encourages you to engage in a dialogue on our page. We do reserve the right to remove comments that are abusive.

Mission: We publish fiction and narrative nonfiction stories that are alive, illuminating, stirring, and surprising. We promote diverse, unique voices—both emerging and established—from all walks of life. We produce longform, print books, ebooks, web originals, workshops, classes, live events, and digital projects. We foster writers, artists, creators, and makers. We host a community for the emerging storytellers of all kinds. We advocate for the rights of creative workers.

High praise from Star Tribune in their recommendation of Chelsea Bieker's amazing debut novel: "GODSHOT is dark, fierce,...
05/02/2020
Shelftalkers: Booksellers recommend books

High praise from Star Tribune in their recommendation of Chelsea Bieker's amazing debut novel: "GODSHOT is dark, fierce, and brilliant and I haven't stopped thinking about it."

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond.

Read an excerpt from Lynn Castille Harper's beautiful ON VANISHING here, courtesy of Bookforum!
05/02/2020
Metaphorical Distance

Read an excerpt from Lynn Castille Harper's beautiful ON VANISHING here, courtesy of Bookforum!

An excerpt from On Vanishing – Lynn Casteel Harper

"Even more presciently, the book draws clear, pointed connections between environmental devastation and humanity’s reckl...
05/02/2020
‘The Martian Chronicles’ Made Climate Change Visible | Amy Brady

"Even more presciently, the book draws clear, pointed connections between environmental devastation and humanity’s reckless allegiance to colonialism and unchecked capitalism." Amy Brady's latest installment of her column, In This Climate, on how Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles paints a picture of history and climate change unlike she had ever read.

Climate change can often seem invisible, because at base, it’s a physics problem.

We're putting our fates in the hands of the stars using these Literary Hub recommendations by astrology. This Pisces has...
05/02/2020
The Astrology Book Club: What to Read This Month, Based on Your Sign

We're putting our fates in the hands of the stars using these Literary Hub recommendations by astrology. This Pisces has absolutely no objection to picking up OFFICER CLEMMONS, everyone's favorite policeman pal.

http://ow.ly/Kti550ztmPE

With all the good books that come out each month, it can be hard to decide what to read (or, if you’re anything like the people in the Literary Hub office, what to read first). There are lots of go…

"Godshot is a piercing debut ... with devastating imagery (sticky baptisms performed with soda instead of water) and a g...
05/02/2020

"Godshot is a piercing debut ... with devastating imagery (sticky baptisms performed with soda instead of water) and a girl brought up to believe that suffering brings you closer to God.” —Vulture, 1 of 32 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Year http://ow.ly/ZDv130qzYQ4

"The last hundred times she’d recalled this ritual they’d shared, mother and child, Mama Sandra had started to cry." A s...
05/02/2020
So What’s Your Name, Sandra? | Norman Erikson Pasaribu

"The last hundred times she’d recalled this ritual they’d shared, mother and child, Mama Sandra had started to cry." A short story by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated from the Indonesian by Tiffany Tsao.

Her son’s name was Bison and, wouldn’t you know, she’d enjoyed calling him “Son” for short.

One woman. One thousand kilometers. One hell of a race.🐎 "Rough Magic delivers." —The New York Times 🐎🐎 "Absolutely rive...
05/02/2020
Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

One woman. One thousand kilometers. One hell of a race.

🐎 "Rough Magic delivers." —The New York Times 🐎
🐎 "Absolutely riveting." —BuzzFeed 🐎

Rough Magic, the national bestseller by Lara Prior-Palmer. Now in paperback!
http://ow.ly/sZzd30qzZCh

NATIONAL BESTSELLER "Think the next Educated or Wild. Palmer’s memoir of beating the odds to become a horse champion is an inspiring saga of perseverance―and a classic underdog tale." ―Entertainment Weekly"If you like your memoirs to revolve around singular experiences, Lara Prior-Palmer’s R...

Lacey has no reason to doubt the pastor. . . . Godshot, the astonishing debut novel from Chelsea Bieker, is available no...
05/02/2020

Lacey has no reason to doubt the pastor. . . .
Godshot, the astonishing debut novel from Chelsea Bieker, is available now!
http://ow.ly/G0X430qzYQ3

"An unusual pleasure to read . . . Prior-Palmer writes with a dash and boldness few writers possess."  —NPRRough Magic, ...
05/02/2020

"An unusual pleasure to read . . . Prior-Palmer writes with a dash and boldness few writers possess." —NPR
Rough Magic, the national bestseller, is now in paperback!
http://ow.ly/sfYP30qzZCg

"She’d named him Bison because it sounded manly and strong, even though he’d have to grow up without a father." A short ...
05/02/2020
So What’s Your Name, Sandra? | Norman Erikson Pasaribu

"She’d named him Bison because it sounded manly and strong, even though he’d have to grow up without a father." A short story by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated from the Indonesian by Tiffany Tsao.

Her son’s name was Bison and, wouldn’t you know, she’d enjoyed calling him “Son” for short.

"As she planned where she must go and how the flapping of her small wings might change things, she hoped she was prepare...
05/01/2020
Lepidoptera | Fiction by Abby Manzella

"As she planned where she must go and how the flapping of her small wings might change things, she hoped she was prepared." Read new flash fiction by Abby Manzella.

When the Sequestering was lifted, she might think of her wings differently, like a child would.

Catapult's cover photo
05/01/2020

Catapult's cover photo

"It was the Magical Negro Award, we half-joked. And my odds of winning the MNA next year are looking pretty good." Amazi...
05/01/2020
Class, What Do We Know About the President? | Jade Jones

"It was the Magical Negro Award, we half-joked. And my odds of winning the MNA next year are looking pretty good." Amazing Friday Fiction from Jade Jones on the #teacherstruggle to protect her students from an unwanted guest.

Amazing new short fiction from Jade Jones about an unexpected guest at an elementary school in Nowhere, New Jersey and the teacher scrambling to...

"'I could have his friendship and fatherly love and relationship forever,' Clemmons remembers today. 'But I could have t...
05/01/2020
Mister Rogers Encouraged Gay Costar Officer Clemmons to Stay in the Closet and Marry a Woman

"'I could have his friendship and fatherly love and relationship forever,' Clemmons remembers today. 'But I could have the job only if I stayed in the closet.'”

PEOPLE looks at OFFICER CLEMMONS, the honest and engrossing new memoir from François Clemmons about his life and his relationship with Fred Rogers.

Fifty years later, Francois Clemmons — author of the new memoir Officer Clemmons — tells PEOPLE exclusively, “I forgive him. More than that, I understand"

Tomorrow, join Chelsea Bieker, Megan Giddings and Ishmael Beah for an IG live reading, hosted by Twenty Stories!(With a ...
05/01/2020

Tomorrow, join Chelsea Bieker, Megan Giddings and Ishmael Beah for an IG live reading, hosted by Twenty Stories!
(With a Zoom afterparty!)
Such a good line up!
More details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/871368833346176/

"The last hundred times she’d recalled this ritual they’d shared, mother and child, Mama Sandra had started to cry." A s...
05/01/2020
So What’s Your Name, Sandra? | Norman Erikson Pasaribu

"The last hundred times she’d recalled this ritual they’d shared, mother and child, Mama Sandra had started to cry." A short story by Norman Erikson Pasaribu, translated from the Indonesian by Tiffany Tsao.

Her son’s name was Bison and, wouldn’t you know, she’d enjoyed calling him “Son” for short.

"Even more presciently, the book draws clear, pointed connections between environmental devastation and humanity’s reckl...
05/01/2020
‘The Martian Chronicles’ Made Climate Change Visible | Amy Brady

"Even more presciently, the book draws clear, pointed connections between environmental devastation and humanity’s reckless allegiance to colonialism and unchecked capitalism." Amy Brady's latest installment of her column, In This Climate, on how Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles paints a picture of history and climate change unlike she had ever read.

Climate change can often seem invisible, because at base, it’s a physics problem.

A glowing review from NPR for François Clemmons's OFFICER CLEMMONS!"[D]isarming in its intimacy and honesty. ... [T]he s...
05/01/2020
Officer Clemmons, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Policeman Pal, Tells His Story

A glowing review from NPR for François Clemmons's OFFICER CLEMMONS!

"[D]isarming in its intimacy and honesty. ... [T]he show wasn't Clemmons' story — this memoir is. In the book, he doesn't ask you to be his neighbor, but rather just to hear his story: One of a man of profound strength and talent who stood up, sang out, and, after great struggle, was heard."

Dr. François S. Clemmons' ambition and artistry, pain and struggle informed the person behind his character, Officer Clemmons. His memoir is often disarming in its intimacy and honesty.

"Even more presciently, the book draws clear, pointed connections between environmental devastation and humanity’s reckl...
05/01/2020
‘The Martian Chronicles’ Made Climate Change Visible | Amy Brady

"Even more presciently, the book draws clear, pointed connections between environmental devastation and humanity’s reckless allegiance to colonialism and unchecked capitalism." Amy Brady's latest installment of her column, In This Climate, on how Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles paints a picture of history and climate change unlike she had ever read.

Climate change can often seem invisible, because at base, it’s a physics problem.

🎉Congratulations to Lynn Casteel Harper! 🎉Her "searching, poetic inquiry into dementia" ON VANISHING has been chosen as ...
04/30/2020
12 New Books We Recommend This Week

🎉Congratulations to Lynn Casteel Harper! 🎉
Her "searching, poetic inquiry into dementia" ON VANISHING has been chosen as a The New York Times Books Editors' Choice!!

https://nyti.ms/3aT2b0O

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

"I’m nostalgic for the days before I knew those songs could never love me back. The rude awakening was inevitable. But o...
04/30/2020
How to Love a Genre That Doesn’t Love You Back | Brittany K. Allen

"I’m nostalgic for the days before I knew those songs could never love me back. The rude awakening was inevitable. But oh, my foolish heart." Brittany K. Allen on reconciling her love of rock music with its problematic history.

Because I was a Black girl in the American suburbs, yet I believed [The Beatles]—and eventually, a dazzle of other white male musicians—were...

what are your evening plans
04/30/2020

what are your evening plans

Book: "... 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝗄𝗂𝗌𝗌𝖾𝖽 𝗉𝖺𝗌𝗌𝗂𝗈𝗇𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗅𝗒, 𝖽𝖺𝗇𝗀𝖾𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗌𝗅𝗒, 𝗍𝗁𝗋𝗈𝗐𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖺𝗌𝗂𝖽𝖾 𝖼𝖺𝗎𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖿𝖾𝖺𝗋."What I see:
04/30/2020

Book: "... 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝗄𝗂𝗌𝗌𝖾𝖽 𝗉𝖺𝗌𝗌𝗂𝗈𝗇𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗅𝗒, 𝖽𝖺𝗇𝗀𝖾𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗌𝗅𝗒, 𝗍𝗁𝗋𝗈𝗐𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖺𝗌𝗂𝖽𝖾 𝖼𝖺𝗎𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖿𝖾𝖺𝗋."

What I see:

We're putting our fates in the hands of the stars using these Literary Hub recommendations by astrology. This Pisces has...
04/30/2020
The Astrology Book Club: What to Read This Month, Based on Your Sign

We're putting our fates in the hands of the stars using these Literary Hub recommendations by astrology. This Pisces has absolutely no objection to picking up OFFICER CLEMMONS, everyone's favorite policeman pal.

http://ow.ly/Kti550ztmPE

With all the good books that come out each month, it can be hard to decide what to read (or, if you’re anything like the people in the Literary Hub office, what to read first). There are lots of go…

"Oh, I remember thinking. This is your old age. This is your frailty. Once, you held me. Now I hold you." A beautiful es...
04/30/2020
Catapult | I Want My Mommy and I’m Glad She’s Not Alive for Covid-19 | Daniel Elder

"Oh, I remember thinking. This is your old age. This is your frailty. Once, you held me. Now I hold you." A beautiful essay from Daniel Elder on the conflict of mourning his mother and feeling grateful that she doesn't have to fear Covid-19 all at once.

A beautiful essay from Daniel Elder, on the conflict of mourning his mother and feeling grateful that she doesn't have to fear Covid-19 all at once.

"And ever since I was a ten-year-old girl, I have turned to sci-fi for help with making sense of the world." Amy Brady o...
04/30/2020
‘The Martian Chronicles’ Made Climate Change Visible | Amy Brady

"And ever since I was a ten-year-old girl, I have turned to sci-fi for help with making sense of the world." Amy Brady on how Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles paints a picture of history and climate change unlike she had ever read.

Climate change can often seem invisible, because at base, it’s a physics problem.

High praise from Star Tribune in their recommendation of Chelsea Bieker's amazing debut novel: "GODSHOT is dark, fierce,...
04/30/2020
Shelftalkers: Booksellers recommend books

High praise from Star Tribune in their recommendation of Chelsea Bieker's amazing debut novel: "GODSHOT is dark, fierce, and brilliant and I haven't stopped thinking about it."

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond.

Electric Literature
04/30/2020
Electric Literature

Electric Literature

Nailing the opening of your short story or novel is one of the most difficult and crucial things you can do to “sell” your creative vision and voice. Learn how to get it right in our partner Catapult’s workshop with Dawnie Walton, author of the forthcoming novel THE FINAL REVIVAL OF OPAL & NEV (37 Ink/Atria). Register today!

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Hi all! As a lover of Catapult and former CCommunity writer, I wanted to use this space to share my (first time ever) poetry collection, Never Far Behind. I’ll be honest, this was an unnerving project to release since it’s more open and vulnerable than my previous writing works. It has truly evolved over the years and ultimately has become a collection of short poetry that showcases the various intimacies of life. Falling out of love. Falling in love. Growing amidst life’s beautifully complex experiences. Embracing what it means to be okay with the ‘not okay’ — embracing our humanity and what it means to be human. Feel free to get a copy of Never Far Behind and share it among friends. Always means a lot 🥰 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1001088 https://books.apple.com/us/book/x/id1495767447 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940163448258 https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/never-far-behind
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Did Tiny Nightmares close early? If not, how do I access the submission information ?
Have you stopped accepting submissions for your "Tiny NIghtmares" anthology which was supposed to close 5/1/19? Just clicked the old link to Submittable which said no open calls for submissions, also saying submissions open 4/1/19! Huh?
THIS.
While I do not have an addictive personality, I did enjoy her perspective and enjoyed her simple style.
Can't wait for Nicole Chung's talk with Terese Mailhot in DC on March 5th!! I'm pushing through my ptsd...fear of cities/rape and making my self go to this event!! There are 3 authors I'd do this for; Terese is one!!!
The article "Scarred" by Socrates Mbamalu in latest issue of Catapult is wonderful! Wish I could write like that!