Who We Are
Catapult publishes award-winning fiction and nonfiction of the highest literary caliber, offers writing classes taught by acclaimed emerging and established writers, produces an award-winning daily online magazine of narrative nonfiction and fiction, and hosts an open online platform where writers can showcase their own writing, find resources, and get inspired.
We nurture emerging writers by helping them better their craft, and support more established writers by evenly sharing revenues from the classes they teach, and by paying to publish their work online. Catapult strives to be a successful business model for the future of independent publishing.
To read more about our mission and vision, read a letter from our co-founder and CEO, Elizabeth Koch.
Our books: Since our launch in Fall 2015, Catapult’s books and our authors have won numerous major literary awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award in Literature, the Maine Literary Award, the Costa Novel Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Our books have been finalists for many other prizes, including the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, the Goldsmith Prize, the Miles Franklin Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the California Book Award for First Fiction, the Stella Prize, and the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction. Our books are frequently named to the American Booksellers Association Indie Next List, and have been featured as Amazon’s Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Belletrist Book Club picks, and as The New York Times Editors' Choice selections. Our titles have been praised in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, and many other outlets. To learn more, click here.
The magazine: The essays and stories published in Catapult have been selected for The Best American Essays, shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing, and featured on “Best of” lists at Longreads, Longform, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.
Writing classes: Catapult’s creative writing workshops and master classes are led by award-winning and bestselling authors, and industry professionals at the top of their fields. Our students have been admitted into high-ranking MFA programs, gained representation by literary agents, and have gone on to be published in venues including The New York Times, Elle, and Guernica.
Community is an online platform dedicated to our Catapult community: our students, authors, web contributors, and instructors. Check out interviews, job listings, profiles, writing advice, reading roundups, student accomplishments, and more. If you’re a Catapult alum or have been previously published in our magazine, you can also post your own work or work-in-progress at any time. To learn more, please visit this page.
You can read about Catapult in Poets & Writers, The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up-to-date on Catapult goings-on. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram.
For general queries: [email protected]
For submissions: visit our Submittable page
For media queries related to our books: contact Megan Fishmann
THE CATAPULT TEAM
Elizabeth Koch, Co-founder and CEO
Andy Hunter, Co-founder and Publisher
Pat Strachan, Editor in Chief, Books
Jennifer Abel Kovitz, Vice President and Associate Publisher, Sales and Marketing
Yuka Igarashi, Editor in Chief, Soft Skull Press; Series Editor, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories
Nicole Chung, Editor in Chief, Catapult magazine
Julie Buntin, Director of Writing Programs; Associate Editor, Books
Megan Fishmann, Associate Publisher and Senior Director of Publicity, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult
Nicole Caputo, Creative Director, Counterpoint Press; Art Director, Catapult
Leigh Newman, Co-founder and Editor in Chief, Black Balloon; Editor at Large, Catapult
Jonathan Lee, Executive Editor, Books
Mensah Demary, Editor
Kendall Storey, Associate Editor & Publishing Manager
Megha Majumdar, Associate Editor, Books and Web
Alicia Kroell, Editorial Assistant, Books
Wah-Ming Chang, Managing Editor, Books
Jordan Koluch, Production Editor, Books
Matt Ortile, Digital Managing Editor
Olenka Burgess, Production Coordinator
Sarah Brody, Designer, Books
Allie Wuest, Assistant Editor, Soft Skull Press
Colin Drohan, Writing Programs Manager
Stella Cabot Wilson, Writing Programs Assistant
Sarah Grimm, Publicity Manager, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult
Lena Moses-Schmitt, Publicity Manager, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult
Alisha Gorder, Publicist, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult
Hope Levy, Publicity and Marketing Assistant
Katie Boland, Events Coordinator
Elizabeth Ireland, Sales and Marketing Manager
Dustin Kurtz, Social Media Editor
Dory Athey, Marketing and Special Sales Associate
Sarah High, Marketing and Publicity Intern
Mallory Soto, Assistant Editor, Web
Leah Johnson, Editorial Assistant, Web
Molly Young, Administrative Assistant
Karissa Chen, Contributing Editor, Web
Lilly Dancyger, Contributing Editor, Web
Natalie Degraffinried, Contributing Editor, Web
Lisa Factora-Borchers, Contributing Editor, Web
Jaime Green, Contributing Editor, Web
Liz Greene, Contributing Editor, Web
Cynthia Greenlee, Contributing Editor, Web
Bassey Ikpi, Contributing Editor, Web
Tajja Isen, Contributing Editor, Web
Lauren O’Neal, Contributing Editor, Web
Sarah Lyn Rogers, Contributing Editor, Web
Jaya Saxena, Contributing Editor, Web
Nell Casey, Editor at Large, Books