The Normal School magazine and Outpost19 Books are proud to announce a new book series dedicated to thought-provoking works of creative nonfiction, essay, and literary journalism. The series will initially publish one title annually with the inaugural title scheduled for Spring 2019.

The Normal School founder and nonfiction editor Steven Church will serve as series editor, backed up by an advisory board of twelve leading authors of creative nonfiction. Titles selected for the series will be published by Outpost19 Books, an award-winning imprint based in San Francisco and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services.

“We are particularly interested in immersive and reportage-based writing, socio-cultural and political criticism, pop culture analysis, and essayistic prose that artfully blends the personal and public,” Church explains. “We are also interested in lyric essays, hybrid nonfiction, research-driven memoir, and the sort of engaging and eclectic nonfiction writing we regularly publish in The Normal School. We also hope to publish books by diverse, historically under-represented, and/or marginalized voices.”


The advisory board for The Normal School Nonfiction Series includes Robert Atwan, Sophie Beck, Hattie Fletcher, Jeffery Gleaves, Kerry Howley, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Kristen Radtke, Matt Roberts, Emily Smith, Jerald Walker, and Steve Woodward.


Series Editor Steven Church is the author of seven books of nonfiction, most recently the collection, Ultrasonic: Essays, the book-length essay, One with the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters Between Humans and Animals and the forthcoming collection, I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part: On Work, Fear, and Fatherhood. He also edited the forthcoming nonfiction anthology, The Spirit of Disruption: Selections from The Normal School, and he is a founding editor and nonfiction editor for The Normal School. He coordinates the MFA Program at Fresno State.

The Normal School: A Literary Magazine celebrates its 10th year of publishing in 2017-18 and in just a decade, it has become one of the top journals in the field of creative nonfiction, garnering 30 “Notable” inclusions in the Best American Essays since 2010. BAE series editor, Robert Atwan has called the magazine “indispensable for anyone interested in new directions in the contemporary essay.” TNS was also named one of the top 10 markets for nonfiction in the entire country and featured in a Buzzfeed article titled “29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Should Be Reading Now.” Known for cutting edge nonfiction and striking visual design, The Normal School will serve as a primary partner for the series, providing a resource not only of potential contributors but also support staff for production, marketing, and promotions.

Outpost19 is honored and excited to stand behind this series. For ten years, The Normal School has published landmark work by very smart, very brave and very talented writers. Steven's new book series will be a formidable addition to our list, re-affirming our commitment to nonfiction work.


Review submission guidelines for The Normal School Nonofiction Series on Submittable. Or download the guidelines in a PDF.


The inaugural selection will be announced in mid-Summer 2018. Stay tuned via Facebook and Twitter at @normalshool and @outpost19.


For media, contact Jon Roemer or download the announcement press release in a PDF. Also, download high-res logos for The Normal School Nonfiction Series, The Normal School: A Literary Magazine and Outpost19.




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