Who We Are
Catapult publishes award-winning fiction and nonfiction of the highest literary caliber, and previously offered writing classes taught by acclaimed emerging and established writers and produced an award-winning daily online magazine of narrative nonfiction and fiction.
To read more about our mission and vision, read our mission statement.
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, the Goldsmith Prize, the Miles Franklin Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN America Open Book Award, 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 Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and many other outlets. To learn more, click here.
The magazine: Catapult was an independent daily digital magazine featuring original essays, fiction, poetry, and art from thousands of contributors and columnists. Catapult won a 2020 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. Essays and stories published in the magazine have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize, shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing, nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award, and featured in The Best American Essays and other Best American anthologies, and illustrator Sirin Thada was shortlisted for a Communication Arts Illustration Award in 2021. Anthologies of the magazine's work are available: A Map Is Only One Story and Body Language.
Don’t Write Alone: This page was intended to be a resource for writers at every stage of their projects, processes, and careers. We brought our readers exciting essays on craft; shared informative interviews with authors and industry professionals; provided useful tools for pitching, freelancing, and job searching; and shared educational materials in consultation with experienced and committed creative writing instructors. Catapult is aware of long-standing, harmful systemic practices that make digital media, writing programs, and book publishing less accessible to many, and are committed to providing free information and resources that may help make our industries more inclusive and transparent.
Writing Program: Catapult’s creative writing workshops and master classes were 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.
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For general queries: [email protected]
For submissions: visit our Submittable page
For media queries related to our books: contact Megan Fishmann
For permissions queries related to our books: visit our About Us page
THE CATAPULT TEAM
Elizabeth Koch, Co-founder & CEO
Alyson Forbes, Publisher/COO
Dan Smetanka, Editorial Director, Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull
Kendall Storey, Editor in Chief
Alicia Kroell, Editor
Elizabeth Pankova, Editorial Assistant
Julie Buntin, Editor at Large; Director Emeritus, Writing Programs
Rachel Fershleiser, Associate Publisher and Executive Director of Marketing
Dustin Kurtz, Social Media Editor
Kira Weiner, Events Coordinator
Alyssa Lo, Marketing Assistant
Megan Fishmann, Vice President, Associate Publisher and Senior Director of Publicity
Lena Moses-Schmitt, Assistant Director of Publicity
Vanessa Genao, Publicity Assistant
SALES & OPERATIONS
Miriam Vance, Contracts & Rights Associate, Awards Coordinator
Katie Mantele, Sales Associate
Nicole Caputo, Creative Director
Farjana Yasmin, Designer
Victoria Maxfield, Design Assistant
Wah-Ming Chang, VP, Corporate Culture, Senior Managing Editor
Olenka Burgess, Production Manager
Laura Berry, Production Editor
Tracy Danes, Production Assistant