We’re hiring!

Vacancy: Apprentice Editor-in-Residence
Fee – £2,500 for 1 day/week over a 6 month period
Application Deadline: 9am on Friday 29th January

The Poetry Business seeks an Apprentice Editor-in-Residence as part of a mentoring and professional development scheme.

In this role, you will be mentored by Suzannah Evans – one of The Poetry Business’s in-house editors, in selecting and preparing two new titles for publication in December 2021. These new titles will be selected by open submission.

The role will equate around one day per week for six months, but there may be an uneven spread of days when work is busy (particularly around March/April when reading submissions and June when preparing the titles for publication). You will have some freedom as to how you arrange your working hours as long as you can be available for meetings.

This is a designated role, which we will be offering to someone from an under-represented background; for example Black, Asian or other minority ethnic background, d/Deaf or disabled, LGBTQIA or any other background that might face barriers in gaining entry to arts professions.

This is because we recognise that individuals in these groups currently receive fewer opportunities to work within the arts and we would like to create more space for this.

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification identified in the criteria below. Applications should be sent to office@poetrybusiness.co.uk with ‘Apprentice Editor-in-Residence’ in the subject heading, no later than 9am on Friday 29th January 2021.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Thorough familiarity with contemporary poetry in the UK and beyond.
  • Excellent literary and editorial skills including excellent proofreading skills, thorough attention to detail, and familiarity with poetry submission systems.
  • Ability to work flexibly and to meet deadlines.
  • Good communication skills and open to being mentored.
  • Working experience of relevant interpersonal skills such as giving feedback and making editorial suggestions.

Desirable Criteria

  • Some editorial experience e.g. as a guest-editor for a digital or print magazine or journal.
  • A track record of publication in magazines or in the form of a pamphlet/full-length collection or both.