About

Our Mission

We seek fiction and nonfiction from authors both new and known. We will publish opportunistically, whenever we find work that matters. Titles will be produced in both print and digital formats. Outside our contest, we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time. However, if you are a writer with books out of print, and have retained the digital rights to your work, we’d like to hear from you!

Managing Partners

Fred Leebron

Fred is all about the writing, and then some. He has been a contributing editor of Boulevard, Ploughshares, and the Pushcart Prize. He has served on the advisory boards of Provincetown Arts and The Gettysburg Review. He is the senior advisor for Digital Americana, the first literary magazine designed exclusively for tablets. He is a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he founded the Summer Program of Workshops and Residencies. He is the  current director of the Queens University Low-Residency MFA program, the Pan-European MFA Program at Cedar Crest College, and the Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop at Hollins University. He is a professor of English at Gettysburg College.

His novels include Six Figures, In the Middle of All This and Out West. The feature film of Six Figures, adapted by David Christensen, was a Genie Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay; it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it was nominated Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association. He is co-editor of Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and co-author of Creating Fiction: A Writer’s Companion. His short fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies such as The Bastard on the Couch, Flash Fiction, Money Changes Everything, Cape Cod Noir, and magazines such as Tin House, More, Threepenny Review, Parenting, TriQuarterly, Redbook, and Grand Street. He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an O. Henry Award.

Kathryn Rhett

Kathryn is the author of the memoir Near Breathing, and editor of the anthology Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis. Her new collection of essays, Souvenir, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and elsewhere, and have been selected four times as Notable Essays in Best American Essays. She has published poetry in journals such as Crazyhorse and Ploughshares, and currently she has a co-authored screenplay in development.

Kathryn earned a BA and MA at Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship and a Mellon grant, she has taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Iowa, the University of San Francisco, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She served as assistant poetry editor for The Antioch review for four years. She teaches nonfiction writing at Gettysburg College, and in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte. She also teaches summer workshops in trauma writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop at Hollins University.

Melissa Bashor

Melissa is a writer, editor and manager with a surprising background. She is currently the editor of, and contributor to, the food magazine edible Charlotte, part of the James Beard Award-winning edible Communities. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, where she currently manages the budget, logistics, and communications as MFA Program Coordinator. Before making the move to arts administration, she spent 6 years in marketing and online advertising for Bank of America, and 4 years in management at Starbucks. She holds degrees in English and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Edinburgh.

Doug Ellington

Doug is the suit. He has 15 years of marketing experience working for Fortune 500 companies, including FedEx, IAC, and major financial institutions. His expertise is in digital marketing and social media. He holds an MBA from Vanderbilt.

Associate Editor

Lisa Mecham

A midwesterner at heart, Lisa Mecham lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and the dog they suckered her into adopting. She is pursuing a Certificate in Creative Writing from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and her work has appeared in Emerge Literary Journal, The Drum and Digital Americana, among other publications. Lisa is a reader for Tin House Magazine and is writing her first novel as part of the “One Book Semester” program at Queens University of Charlotte.

Publicist

Carrie Neill

Carrie s a communications consultant, writer and editor with ten years of marketing and public relations experience. She has a long history of working with creative clients, including two of the world’s most prominent design firms, and her career has focused on finding innovative ways to tell stories about ideas, people, and projects across the globe. Her own writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Chicago Social, and The Huffington Post. She is currently working toward her MFA in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte, and holds a BA  from The University of Chicago.

Advisory Board

Sean McDonald is Executive Editor and Vice President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Authors he has edited include Sloane Crosley, Junot Díaz, Aleksandar Hemon, John Hodgman, Steven Johnson, Walter Mosley, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Héctor Tobar, and Ellen Ullman. Prior to FSG, he worked as an Executive Editor and Vice President of Riverhead Books and before that at Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.

Erika Goldman, Publisher and Editorial Director of Bellevue Literary Press, has been an editor of fiction and nonfiction for over twenty years at several major publishing houses in New York City, including Scribner, Simon & Schuster and W. H. Freeman. She has edited books ranging from literary fiction to popular science including works by Marguerite Duras, Isaiah Berlin, the New York Times Science Times writer, Claudia Dreifus, and best-selling author/physicist James Trefil, among others. A recipient of the Jerusalem International Book Fair Editorial fellowship, she has taught at New York University’s Center for Publishing and in the Creative Nonfiction Mentoring Program.

David L. Ulin is book editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith, and the editor of Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a 2002 California Book Award. His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Believer, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” His essay “The Half-Birthday of the Apocalypse” was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize. He teaches in the low residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert Graduate Center.

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