Columbus State University Press
The Donald L. Jordan Endowment was established in 2016, in part, to facilitate the formation of Columbus State University Press, which was officially formed in 2021. CSU Press is pleased to recognize Mr. Jordan as the founder of the press, which serves as the publishing venue for the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence, and DLJ Books has been installed as a permanent imprint at the press. Mr. Jordan’s foresight made CSU Press a reality, and we are grateful for his generosity. Mr. Jordan is a businessman and the author of novels, short stories, and works of non-fiction.
The mission of the CSU Press is to support and enhance the University’s reputation as a national and globally connected institution by publishing judged or peer-reviewed creative and scholarly works from a diverse body of authors. At this point, the press does not exist to publish any work by CSU employees, and in addition to publishing work by writers from across the nation or from other countries, the press can also publish titles about the state and Southern region.
- Dr. Allen Gee
- Associate Editor
- Dr. Carey Scott Wilkerson
Interns for 2022
- Student Editors
- Molly Foster
- John Mitchell
- Jonathan Stringfellow
- Student Associate Editors
- Nancy Hicks
- Riley Smoot
- Q. Briggs
- Editorial Associates
- Theo Pound
- Claire LeGallais
- John Pollock
- Katelyn McCormick
- Aya Fakih
- Madison Donohoe
- Courtney Smith
- Samira Hibbler
- Britt Woods
- Daniel Fowler
- Kennedy Buckner
- Brian Pruett
CSU Press is overseen by Dr. Annice Yarber-Allen, Dean of the College of Letters & Sciences, and Dr. Judith Livingston, Chair of the English Department.
Royalties and other author considerations are handled by David Mitchell at CSU’s Research and Service Foundation.
- Travis Chambers
- Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers
- Alan Harkness
- Director, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
- Sandra Okamoto
- Retired, Columbus Ledger TV Book Editor and Arts Writer
- Melissa Pritchard
- Author, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
- Tyler Townsend
- Managing Partner, Townsend Wealth Management
Internships for those interested in learning about publishing are available for CSU undergraduates in the English Department and for other students. Assignments are usually made in the fall. Please contact Dr. Allen Gee at email@example.com.
Rights and Permissions
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- The University of Georgia Press
- The Oxbow Environmental Center
- CSU English Department
- Carson McCullers Center
Close-Up by Michelle Herman
CSU Press’s first publication is Michelle Herman’s novel Close-Up, which won the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence in 2020. The publication date is March 15, 2022.
Close-Up artfully renders how the lives of a young magician, and his father, a famous novelist, intertwine with the lives of a young poet and the single poet who raised her. Close-Up reveals what drives and complicates and undermines our most important relationships. This is a robust novel about friendship, romance, marriages and the ties between parents, children, and grandchildren. The novel follows five fully rendered characters—Jacob, Martin, Caroline, Jeanie, and Jill—through their rifts and reconciliations, as their whole story brings us through loneliness, longing, missed connections and grievances, and ultimately to a desirable place of understanding.
While It Lasts by Scott Nadelson
CSU Press’s second publication is Scott Nadelson‘s short story collection, While It Lasts, which won the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence in 2022. The publication date is March 15, 2023
This award-winning short story collection brings us moments of tenuousness, in which characters seek out or struggle to hold on to what’s most precious in the face of change and loss. The stories take us from suburban New Jersey to prewar Vienna to Western Oregon, chronicling the lives of, among others, a suburban teenage boy taking revenge with a stolen Revolutionary War bayonet; a woman adrift, literally and figuratively, amid a workplace affair; a nearly forgotten and destitute musician attempting to reclaim his creative spark; and a young Mark Rothko finding his way after several early failures. While It Lasts speaks to how we are all bound by limited time to achieve what we must despite our own knowledge of how everything is fleeting.
CSU Press is currently partnering with UGA Press for marketing and distribution. Michelle Hermann's Close-Up and Scott Nadelson's While It Lasts can be purchased from UGA Press.
Close-Up can also be ordered via Amazon.
- We‘re exited to announce the endowment of the Longleaf Nature Writing Series, which will be published under DLJ Books at CSU Press. We‘re thrilled that the inaugural
title in the series will be Mountain Time: A Field Guide to Astonishment by Renata Golden, and we‘ll begin an open submissions process for the series in spring of 2024!
- The judge for the 2024 Donald L. Jordan Literary Prize will be novelist Stephen P.
Kiernan, the author of: The Baker‘s Secret; The Curiosity; Universe of Two; The Hummingbird; and The Glass Chateau.
- Scott Nadelson‘s fabulous collection, While It Lasts, was just published on March 15, 2023. You can order the collection from our marketing and distribution partner, UGA Press.
- We are very excited about the publication of Michelle Herman’s Close-Up; the publication date is March 15, 2022. Close-Up is now available for pre-order from UGA Press.
- This year’s contest for the Donald L. Jordan Prize ends on Sept. 15th. The final judge
is writer Antonya Nelson. For more information, please visit the The Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence website.
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Queries about the press can be sent to Dr. Allen Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Carey Scott Wilkerson at email@example.com.
You may also call us at 706-565-1231.
We are currently only accepting submissions for the Donald Jordan Literary Prize for Excellence. As the press grows and forms imprints in addition to DLJ Books, or as DLJ Books publishes books beyond the Jordan Prize winning manuscript, we’ll be sending out calls or notices for submissions. For those who are interested in endowing an imprint, please contact Dr. Allen Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit this type of communication only to serious inquiries.