Compose Journal Seeks Assistant Managing Editor


Update: Please note that this position has now been filled. 

Have you always wanted to join the exciting world of lit mags?

Now’s your chance.

Compose is looking for an assistant managing editor. This role involves an interesting combination of responsibilities, including reading submissions, copyediting, and managing social media. For the right candidate, this could be an amazing opportunity to gain some valuable editing experience in a fun and flexible environment.

Before we tell you more about this position, we want you to know that people have been saying some pretty nice things about us and our work:

  • “There’s a new literary journal online, and I think you’ll like it.” —DA Powell
  • “Compose is presenting fabulous work on a regular basis. Maybe even some of mine . . . someday. Give it a read.” —Joseph Hesch
  • Compose is a new journal to watch out for. Some of their pieces are instant classics!” —Roy Guzmán

We’ve featured original work by many well-known writers and poets, including William Logan, Ada Limón, Ian DuhigKatrina Kenison and Josh Hanagarne.

We think we’re building something special, and we know the perfect person for this position is out there.

Might you be that person?

Assistant Managing Editor

Under the supervision of the managing editor, the assistant managing editor will

  • read and evaluate submissions (mostly fiction, but occasionally other genres);
  • upload and format pieces to be published in each issue;
  • copyedit contributor profiles for house style;
  • source and format content for Compose‘s social media accounts;
  • upload, format, copyedit and schedule blog posts submitted by contributors and guest writers;
  • find, crop, resize, and upload creative commons photographs to WordPress;
  • issue final proofs to contributors; and
  • incorporate final corrections before new issues are published.

Think you might be our ideal candidate? Consider the following:

  • Do you have verifiable creative writing and/or editing experience?
  • Are you proficient in written English?
  • Do you have experience using WordPress, Google Drive, email, word processors, and spreadsheets?
  • Do you have a basic understanding of HTML code (what it is, how it affects the way text displays on the web, and how to strip it out of a document)?
  • Do you have experience using social media?
  • Do you have outstanding time-management skills?
  • Do you have reliable access to a computer and internet connection?

If all of this sounds like you, please get in touch with us!

Time commitment: Three hours per week

Start date: ASAP

Closing date: Open until position is filled

Hours: Varies according to our production schedule, but an average of 3 hours per week overall

Location: Work from home, anywhere in the world

Payment: Compose is a free publication and charges no reading fees (as many other journals do these days), so at this time we are unable to compensate our staff. In spite of this, all of our volunteer editors are passionate about and committed to their positions.

How to Apply

You can express your interest for this position by emailing Suzannah Windsor, Managing Editor, at editor [at] composejournal [dot] com.

Include the following information in the body of an email (no attachments, please):

  • the position for which you are applying
  • your name, phone number, and a postal address
  • a brief outline of your qualifications (educational and/or experiential) relevant to the position
  • any relevant links you think would help us get to know you better, if applicable (your website/blog, professional social media accounts, online writing/editing portfolio, etc.)

You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application, and candidates of interest to us will be contacted for further information.

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