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
Miriam Vance, Publishing and Administrative Assistant
Jonathan Lee, Editor in Chief, Books
Pat Strachan, Vice President and Executive Editor
Yuka Igarashi, Editor in Chief, Soft Skull Press; Series Editor, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories
Leigh Newman, Editor
Mensah Demary, Editor, Books and Magazine
Megha Majumdar, Editor, Books and Magazine
Kendall Storey, Associate Editor & Publishing Manager
Julie Buntin, Editor at Large, Catapult
Allie Wuest, Editor at Large, Soft Skull Press
Alicia Kroell, Editorial Assistant, Books
Sarah Lyn Rogers, Editorial Assistant, Soft Skull Press; Contributing Editor, Magazine
Atom Atkinson, Director of Writing Programs
Colin Drohan, Writing Programs Manager
Stella Cabot Wilson, Writing Programs Coordinator; Contributing Editor, Magazine
Amanda Fatemi-Badi, Writing Programs Assistant
Gabrielle Bellot, Head Instructor
Julie Buntin, Director Emeritus
Nicole Chung, Editor in Chief, Magazine
Matt Ortile, Managing Editor, Magazine
Mallory Soto, Assistant Editor, Magazine
Allisen Hae Ji Lichtenstein, Editorial Assistant
Leah Johnson, Staff Contributing Editor, Magazine
PUBLICITY AND MARKETING
Jennifer Abel Kovitz, Vice President and Associate Publisher, Sales and Marketing
Megan Fishmann, Associate Publisher and Senior Director of Publicity, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult
Elizabeth Ireland, Sales and Marketing Manager
Dory Athey, Marketing and Special Sales Manager
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
Dustin Kurtz, Social Media Editor
Katie Boland, Events and Programming Manager
Hope Levy, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Samm Saxby, Events and Marketing Assistant
Nicole Caputo, Creative Director
Sarah Brody, Designer, Books
Wah-Ming Chang, Managing Editor, Books
Jordan Koluch, Production Editor, Books
Olenka Burgess, Production Coordinator
Laura Gonzalez, Publicity and Marketing Intern
Kelsey Lepperd, Publicity and Marketing Intern
Katie Mantele, Publicity and Marketing Intern