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Open Position

Role: Chapbook Editor

Organization: Black Lawrence Press

Location: Remote, United States


Black Lawrence Press is seeking a part-time Chapbook Editor to oversee our current chapbook list, administer our twice annual chapbook competition, and acquire new titles through our open reading periods. The Chapbook Editor will report to the Executive Editor and manage the acquisition, editorial, and publication process for 4-5 titles per year. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and desire to edit contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction; experience working with a small press or literary organization; excellent copyediting, proofreading, and communication skills; and project management experience. Workload can vary seasonally; on average, the Chapbook Editor should expect to spend 8-10 hours per week working for the press.


 Primary Responsibilities

  • Administer the Black River Chapbook Competition, including collaborating with a revolving panel of judges
  • Read submissions and acquire new titles through the twice-annual contest and two annual open reading periods
  • Work closely with chapbook authors throughout the editorial, production, and publication processes from acquisition to backlist
  • Report to the Executive Editor and collaborate closely with a small remote internal team
  • Copyedit and proofread all project materials, including interiors, front and back covers, and marketing collateral
  • Write copy, including descriptions and other metadata for titles
  • Manage the cover art selection and permissions process and liaise with authors, artists, and designers on art and interiors
  • Make website updates and create newsletter content for chapbook titles
  • Review reprints and make necessary updates
  • Ensure the timely and proper delivery of all editorial assets and maintain a high standard of editorial quality and consistency


Desired Skills and Experience

  • 1-3 years of editorial experience, ideally with a small press or literary organization
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills with strong knowledge of grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite programs
  • Superior organizational and project management skills with an ability to multitask, consistently meet deadlines, and effectively prioritize workloads
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal abilities, with impeccable attention to detail
  • A passion for contemporary poetry and literature and the strong desire to work hands-on with authors and small press books

Applications should be sent to Diane Goettel: [email protected] Please include a cover letter, contact information for two references, and a resume. People of color and veteran, immigrant, refugee, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a paid position. We offer $8,500 per year, split across quarterly payments. We will also cover the cost of registration, travel, and lodging for up to two professional conferences per year.