Who We Are

Illustration by Tallulah Pomeroy for Catapult

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, 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 is an independent daily digital magazine featuring original essays, fiction, 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. In 2020, Catapult Books published the first print anthology of writing drawn from the archives of Catapult magazine, A Map Is Only One Story.

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.

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For general queries: contact@catapult.co

For submissions: visit our Submittable page

For media queries related to our books: contact Megan Fishmann

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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, Executive Editor, Books; Editor at Large, Magazine

Megha Majumdar, Editor, Books; Editor at Large, Magazine 

Kendall Storey, Associate Editor & Publishing Manager

Julie Buntin, Editor at Large, Catapult; Director Emeritus, Writing Programs

Allie Wuest, Editor at Large, Soft Skull Press

Alicia Kroell, Editorial Assistant, Books

Sarah Lyn Rogers, Editorial Assistant, Soft Skull Press; Staff Contributing Editor, Magazine


Atom Atkinson, Director of Writing Programs

Colin Drohan, Writing Programs Manager

Stella Cabot Wilson, Writing Programs Coordinator; Staff Contributing Editor, Magazine

Amanda Fatemi-Badi, Writing Programs Assistant

Gabrielle Bellot, Head Instructor; Staff Contributing Editor, Magazine


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



Megan Fishmann, Vice President / Associate Publisher and Senior Director of Publicity, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult

Rachel Fershleiser, Associate Publisher and Executive Director of Marketing

Alyson Forbes, Associate Publisher and Head of Sales

Sarah Grimm, Publicity Manager, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult

Lena Moses-Schmitt, Publicity Manager, Counterpoint Press / Soft Skull Press / Catapult

Carla Bruce-Eddings, Senior Publicist, 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

Arriel Vinson, Marketing Coordinator; Staff Contributing Editor, Magazine

Laura Gonzalez, Marketing Assistant

Samm Saxby, Events and Marketing Assistant

Katie Mantele, Sales Assistant


Nicole Caputo, Creative Director

Lexi Earle, Designer

Dana Li, Designer


Wah-Ming Chang, Managing Editor, Books

Jordan Koluch, Production Editor, Books

Olenka Burgess, Production Coordinator