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Editorial Fellows


December 8, 2023

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2024 Editorial Fellowships, a program for aspiring editors, will open on January 1, 2024. Established in 2019, the Editorial Fellowships at A Public Space aim to support the next generation of editors who will offer a more diverse publishing community—culturally, aesthetically, economically; and to explore new possibilities for editing, writing, and literature.

A Public Space is an independent, nonprofit publisher of a literary and arts magazine and A Public Space Books. The Editorial Fellowship is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience as well as mentorship and education in editing and independent publishing.

Two Editorial Fellows will be selected to work alongside the editorial staff at A Public Space on various aspects of the magazine, including evaluating submissions, researching, developing, and soliciting work, editing, copyediting, proofreading, production, and promotion. They will also have the opportunity to oversee an Open Call and serve as the lead editor on a piece for the magazine.

Time Period and Compensation: The 2024 Editorial Fellowships period is approximately four months, from June 3, 2024 through October 6, 2024. The Fellows will work on their own schedule, and will have responsibilities of approximately fifteen hours weekly. They must be able to attend up to two weekly meetings (virtual and in person) during regular office hours. The Fellows will receive compensation of $5,000.

Eligibility: A strong interest in contemporary literature and a career in publishing. The ability to work independently, and to bring curiosity and initiative to their work. Excellent verbal and written English-language communication skills. A commitment to meeting deadlines. Individuals who bring diverse experiences and new perspectives to our work are especially encouraged to apply. Some experience in editorial work is preferred but not required. 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 Fellows must be residents of New York City for the duration of the Fellowship. A Public Space reserves the right to invite candidates to apply. Unfortunately, A Public Space is unable to sponsor work visas.

Timeline: Applications for the 2024 Editorial Fellowships will be accepted via Submittable from January 1, 2024–February 15, 2024. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on February 15, 2024. Successful applicants will be informed no later than April 1, 2024. The Fellowships will begin June 3, 2024.

Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Editorial Fellowships category in Submittable. (The category will not be available until January 1, 2024.) There is no application fee. Please submit the following:

—A résumé
—As one file:

  • A statement describing your interest in editing and independent publishing; 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 Fellowships.
  • A short excerpt from a work by an under-recognized writer; and a brief statement (250 words max.) on the writer and why you feel work such as this should be championed by editors.
  • A statement (250 words max.) about one author published by A Public Space, either in the magazine or A Public Space Books, and how their work resonates with your editorial interests.

Note that only PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx) are accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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