December 1, 2022
A Public Space is pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 Editorial Fellowship, a program for aspiring editors, will open on January 1, 2023. It is our hope to support the next generation of editors who will offer a more diverse publishing community—culturally, aesthetically, economically.
This is a 9-month working fellowship, from March 15, 2023 through December 15, 2023, and is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience as well as mentorship and education in editing and independent publishing. A Public Space is an independent, nonprofit publisher, and the Editorial Fellow will be an integral part of the staff and involved with all programs, which include a literary and arts magazine, A Public Space Books, an academy, and APS Together, a series of virtual book clubs.
The Editorial Fellow’s responsibilities will include assisting with management of submissions; reading and reporting on incoming manuscripts; research; proofreading; assisting with marketing and publicity; and general office work, including filing, responding to emails, newsletters, social media, website updates, and database maintenance.
Additionally, the Editorial Fellow will participate in editorial meetings; receive training in all aspects of editing, from evaluating submissions through to publication of a piece; meet regularly with the senior editorial staff to discuss the role of the editor and publishing history; and serve as the lead editor for a piece to be published in the magazine.
Time Period and Compensation: The Editorial Fellowship is a 9-month position, from March 15, 2023, through December 15, 2023. The Fellow will work 15 hours/week, and will receive compensation of $10,000.
A Public Space is based in New York City. The Editorial Fellow is expected to work remotely for 2023, and to attend occasional in-person meetings.
Eligibility: A strong interest in contemporary literature and in pursuing a career in publishing. Excellent verbal and written English-language communication skills. An ability and willingness to tackle any task at hand, work independently and meet deadlines. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to our work are especially encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to aspiring editors who have not worked extensively in literary publishing, and who may have limited access to career opportunities in the industry. The Editorial Fellow must be a resident of New York City at the start of the Fellowship. A Public Space reserves the right to invite candidates to apply. Unfortunately, at this time A Public Space is unable to sponsor work visas.
Timeline: Applications for the 2023 Editorial Fellowship will be accepted via Submittable from January 1, 2023–January 31, 2023. Please note the category in Submittable will not be available until January 1. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on January 31, 2023. Successful applicants will be informed no later than March 1, 2023. The Fellowship will begin March 15, 2023.
Procedure: Apply here. Please submit the following:
—A cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in working with A Public Space; how you envision the role of an editor; the influences and experience that you will bring to your work as an Editorial Fellow; and your goals for the fellowship and beyond. Please also include where you heard about the Editorial Fellowship.
—A short excerpt from a work by an under-recognized writer; and a brief statement (250 words max.) on why this writer and passage appeals, and why you feel work such as this should be championed by editors.
—A short (250 words max.) review of a book you read recently. Please include how you learned about the book—whether from a review, social media, a bookstore or library recommendation, a chance encounter.
Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). Please submit all application materials as one file. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
We are pleased to share Fletcher Huntley's essay "Why Have You Forsaken Me?" as the 2023 recipient of the Bette Howland Nonfiction Prize.
May 1, 2023 by Fletcher Huntley
The 2023 A Public Space Editorial Fellow is Lydia Mathis.
March 6, 2023