The Cornerstone Press is a small, independent publishing house and teaching press. As the only press of its kind in the University of Wisconsin system, and one of four undergraduate, student-staffed presses in the United States, the Press operates with the support of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Department of English, the School of Humanities and Global Studies, and the College of Letters and Science.  

The Cornerstone Press publishes up to five titles per year. All books are produced in classes and internships offered by the Department of English. From acquisitions and editing, to layout and design, to marketing and sales, students get a chance to work in all fields of professional publishing. Established in 1984, the press has published over 45 titles to date in multiple genres.  

We are located in the Collins Classroom Center (Room 127) of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.


Patricia Ann McNair and Cornerstone Press receive national recognition through the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD®!

April 16, 2021, Stevens Point, WI -- The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized Responsible Adults by Patricia Ann McNair (Cornerstone Press 2020) in the category of Short Stories as a distinguished favorite.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.

In Patricia Ann McNair's Responsible Adults, a mother uses her reluctant adolescent daughter as a model for her art photography. "Your mother loves you best when you are ugly," the girl comes to believe. A stepfather attacks a neighbor boy for exposing a shameful secret to his stepdaughter. A pregnant and undocumented young woman brings new life to a failing church and its dwindling congregation. Farms fail, families break apart, work is hard to come by, and the characters in these fictional Midwestern towns are fueled by grief and hope, loss and desire. What happens when responsible adults are anything but responsible people? When they are at best, irresponsible, and at worst, dangerous?

In 2021, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide.  Participating authors and publishers reside in countries such as Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and others.  In addition, books submitted included writers located in U.S. cities such as Atlanta to Santa Fe; Chicago to New York; from Boise to Honolulu, and others.

"We congratulate this year's 2021 winners and distinguished favorites in the annual INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD.  The quality and quantity of excellent independently published books hit a record.  Independents recognized are thriving around the globe.  We are so proud to announce these key titles representing global independent publishing." said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

Cornerstone Press is a student-staffed teaching press at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, where students get hands-on experience in editing, designing, marketing, and selling books in multiple genres. "Having one of our titles named as a distinguished favorite by the Independent Press Award is a great and humbling honor," said Ross K. Tangedal, assistant professor of English and press director & publisher. "It is a testament not only to the talents of Patricia Ann McNair, but also to the skills and dedication of our student staff here at the university."

The IPA welcomes independent publishers and authors to submit books for their next competition at https://www.independentpressaward.com/online-entry-form-1 

For more information please visit independentpressaward.com; and to see this year's list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website pages:

2021 WINNERS: 
https://www.independentpressaward.com/2021winners

2021 DISTINGUISHED FAVORITES:
https://www.independentpressaward.com/2021distinguishedfavorites

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Courses related to the Cornerstone Press:

 ENGL 339 - Book and Publication Design

Description:
Study the art and application of book and publication design. Use Adobe InDesign Publishing Suite to create layouts, covers, and other book materials. Edit, design, market, and sell at minimum one book acquired by Cornerstone Press.

3 cr.

 ENGL 349 - Editing and Publishing

Description:
Writing, editing, and preparing materials for publication, including consideration of reader/editor appeal, and ways to market manuscripts. [Editor’s note: The class must find a manuscript, produce and sell a book.] Available for graduate credit as ENGL 549

3 cr.

 ENGL 350 - Creative Nonfiction

Description:
Art of nonfiction writing using literary devices to write about true events. The course explores creative nonfiction forms and includes class discussion of student work. 

Prerequisites:
Either ENGL 250 or ENGL 253, Instructor Consent, or Department Consent

3 cr.

 ENGL 373 - Publication for Teachers

Description:
Foundational publication and journalism basics connected to theory and practice; intended for those teaching at the middle and secondary levels in any/all subjects. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 573.

Prerequisites:
Admission to Professional Education Program (English) or Department Consent

Typically Offered:
Summer Only

3 cr.

 ENGL 388 - Editorial Process

Description:
Study of the editorial process, including editorial theory, developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Consider the role of the editor in various kinds of media, engage in hands-on editorial work, and consult with editors and writers. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 588

3 cr.

 ENGL 389 - Book History

Description:
Study of the book as a medium and its role in the development and transmission of culture, addressing the implications of topics such as authorship, printing, publishing, distribution, bookselling, and reading. Course themes will be developed both theoretically via case studies and practically via hands-on activities. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 589

3 cr.

 ENGL 390 - Profession of Authorship

Description:
The figure of the “author” from 1800 to the present in the United States, focusing on the writer as professional both in the literary marketplace and in the culture at large, and examining representative authors from Susanna Rowson to Toni Morrison. Available for graduate credit as ENGL 590

3 cr.

Typically Offered: Once per academic year


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Interested in the Press?

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student English major or minor with questions about courses related to the Press, are a writer interested in publishing a book through the Press, or are looking for general Press-related infiormation, please contact:

Dr. Ross K. Tangedal
Assistant Professor and Director of Cornerstone Press

Stevens Point Campus
715-346-4532
426 Collins Clasroom Center
ross.tangedal@uwsp.edu

English Department 

For general questions for the English Department regarding coursework or to connect with someone for advising please contact us at:  

Email: EnglishDepartment@uwsp.edu

Main Office: 715-346-4757