Volunteer opportunity: acquiring and developmental editor
March 15, 2016
We’re looking for a new member of our non-hierarchical volunteer editorial team! The volunteer acquiring and developmental editor will help us recruit and select issue contributors and edit 1-2 articles per issue. As an editorial team, we are committed to publishing accessible, engaging, and bold feminist work by new and emerging writers. If this is up your alley, please apply!
Approximately 35 hours per issue for at least two issues starting in Summer 2016 (editorial duties fall between February and May and August and November)
Roles and responsibilities:
- Participating in the review and selection of submissions to our biannual issues. This process usually goes like this:
1) review all pitches (approximately 200) as they come in, and familiarize yourself with them
2) independently compose a top 15 list
3) participate in 3-hour phone meeting, reviewing pitches with other editors, voting on each one, selecting a top 20 list for the group
4) have 2-hour phone meeting to determine final 12
- Developmental editing of 1-2 articles per issue (or however many articles you can take on, given our expected three week turnaround time for developmental editing)
- Suggesting writers and artists to recruit as future contributors to the magazine (encouraged but not required)
Preferred requirements, interest, and experience
- Interested in feminist publishing, politics, and art
- Familiar with the mandate goals of GUTS, previously published issues, and blog
- Comfortable contributing to group conversations and working independently
- Experience editing and/or writing creative non-fiction and/or personal essays is preferred
- Experience providing peer editing to friends, students, or colleagues is desirable
- Google drive and Google applications is an asset; access to personal computer is a must
- Owns personal cell phone with service plan that allows for evening meetings OR is located in Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, or Winnipeg.
GUTS is a digital, volunteer-run Canadian feminist magazine and blog. Our biannual magazine publishes literary essays and reviews, long-form journalism, interviews, fiction, and new media to further feminist discourse, criticism, and community engagement in Canada.
GUTS welcomes applications from everyone, and we’re particularly interested in hearing from women of colour, Indigenous women, trans or non-binary people, members of the queer community, and members of underrepresented communities.
Send us a letter introducing yourself and describing how you edit (or would like to edit), along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 29, 2016. We can’t wait to hear from you!