Hiring Staff for Issue #14 (2015/16)

Welcome back students and literary lovers of all kinds!

It’s a new year for This Side of West and we’re looking to put together an excellent team of editors and executives for issue #14 of the journal. We require that all positions be filled by responsible, capable, and eager individuals in order to secure the journal’s success. This year will be full of exciting new events, team reorganization, and talented submissions to read through from our new creative writing aficionados, so be ready to tell us why you feel you’d be the best fit for the job.

We do not require resumes, but do ask that you let us know of any relevant experience along with a cover letter that addresses your strengths and talents. In particular, we are eager to find those versed in event planning, the adobe creative suite, and eye-catching poster making. Take a look at the positions we have available this year:

Events Coordinator

The events coordinator is responsible for all aspects of event production. They will assist the board with the planning and coordination of all events including but not limited to the journal launch, editors readings, and fundraisers.

Duties include:

  • Negotiating event space contracts and bookings
  • Ordering supplies and equipment as needed
  • Making travel arrangements as needed
  • Ordering signs/posters for events

Director of Submissions and Social Media

The Director of Submissions and Social Media will be responsible for dealing with incoming submissions by removing any identifying materials from submissions [names/emails] and forwarding them to the applicable genre editors. For the social media aspect, this position requires someone who has a strong familiarity with all social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter.

Duties include:

  • Maintaining regular updates on TSOW’s Facebook, Twitter and WordPress (if possible) accounts
  • Tweeting and Facebooking from events as they happen
  • Creating event pages on Facebook and actively promoting them across accounts
  • Obsessively checking emails to make sure submissions are being received and promptly responded to with a rejection or acceptance email.

Genre Editors

Fiction, Poetry, CNF, Drama, Visual Arts

Genre editors are responsible for receiving submissions and narrowing the selection down to talented pieces worthy of being published. They must have a keen eye for quality and be ready to send back edits and feedback when applicable. The availability to regularly check and read submissions as well as to attend editor meetings is important.

Additional Volunteers

We are always grateful to accept a helping hand during event times and right before journal publication. These positions include:

Copy Editors
Graphic/Poster Designers
Volunteers to help set-up/take-down before/after events
Event Photographers

If any of these positions sound of any interest to you, please forward us an email at thissideofwest@gmail.com. Please include the position of interest and why you think you’d be our best fit.

We can’t wait to work with you!

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