The 2020 A Public Space Editorial Fellowships
December 2, 2019
A Public Space is thrilled to announce a new Fellowship program for aspiring editors. The aim of the Editorial Fellowship program is to create a framework for the art of editing, bridging tradition and evolution. It is our hope to support a cadre of editors who will offer a more diverse publishing community—culturally, aesthetically, economically.
The Fellowship will offer a curriculum that integrates education, experience, mentorship, and the opportunity for innovation. Fellows will receive intensive training in all aspects of editing, from evaluating submissions through to publication of a piece. As part of the program, they will also learn about publishing history, exploring known interactions between editors and writers; archival documents; and the role of the editor in a changing landscape.
This is a nine-month program, from March 15 through December 15. Fellows will be expected to be at A Public Space’s office in downtown Brooklyn fifteen hours per week. They will participate in all aspects of our publishing programs, including evaluation, curation, editing, production, marketing, publicity, circulation, and distribution. They will work closely with the senior editorial staff on both the magazine and book imprint; and will have the opportunity to meet leading figures in the publishing community. Fellows will also be invited to attend a series of Master Classes with editors as part of A Public Space’s academy. Applications are now open and will be accepted through January 15.
Compensation: $10,000 stipend, to be paid bi-weekly
Eligibility: A strong interest in literary publishing and a commitment to promoting literature are the only prerequisites. 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. Candidates outside of New York City are encouraged to apply, but A Public Space cannot fund relocation expenses. A Public Space reserves the right to invite candidates. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to sponsor work visas.
Timeline: Submittable is open for Editorial Fellowship submissions through January 15, 2020. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on January 15. Successful applicants will be informed no later than February 15, 2020. The Fellowship will begin March 15, 2020.
Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Editorial Fellowship category in Submittable. There is no application fee. Please submit the following:
—A cover letter describing your interest in the Editorial Fellowship; how you envision the role of an editor; the influences and experience that you will bring to your work as an editor; and your goals for the fellowship and beyond the fellowship.
—A short (one page or less) excerpt from a work by a non-establishment writer; and a brief statement telling us why this writer and passage appeals, and why you feel work such as this should be championed by editors.
—A short (one page or less) 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.
—Please also include where you heard about the Editorial Fellowship.
Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). Please submit the cover letter, excerpt, and review as one file. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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