Available

Volunteer

Positions

TSOW Staff Applications are open from June 6th – July 15th, 2022.
This Side of West is run by a dedicated group of UVic undergraduate students.
Volunteering for This Side of West is a great opportunity for UVic undergrads who want experience in editing and publishing.
We are looking for volunteers to fill the positions listed below. Positions will remain open until they are filled.
Applicants can expect to hear back from us after applications close (July 15th). Thank you for your patience!
References are not needed or required to apply.

Director of Submissions

We are hiring a Director of Submissions. The Director of Submissions will help This Side of West organize submissions for our annual Prose & Poetry Contest and the Main Submission Period. The Director of Submissions’ primary responsibilites are to:
  • Create Dropbox folders for Prose & Poetry Contest and Main Submission Period and sort submissions into respective genre folders.
  • Answer any questions about submissions sent to the TSOW submissions email.
  • Monitor incoming submissions for the Prose & Poetry Contest and Main Submission Period.
  • Make master lists for the Prose & Poetry Contest and Main Submission Period in Excel or Google Sheets.
  • Delegate P&P Contest submissions to editors.
  • Attend monthly TSOW meetings.
To apply, send the following to thissideofwest@gmail.com.
  • A 100-300 word cover letter which indicates why you’re interested in the role and may be a good fit.
  • A resume detailing any relevant experience.

Director of Visual Art

We are hiring a Director of Visual Art. The Director of Visual Art will help This Side of West achieve its aesthetic and create promotional materials for the journal. The Director of Visual Art’s primary responsibilities are to:
  • Design cover art for Issue 21
  • Design cover art for the 2022-2023 Editorial Anthology.
  • Design posters in an image manipulation software when requested.
  • Attend monthly TSOW meetings.
To apply, send the following to thissideofwest@gmail.com.
  • A 100-300 word cover letter.
  • A resume detailing any relevant experience.
  • A 2-4 image portfolio of your artwork or photography, and/or your graphic design.

Fiction Editors

Due to increased interest, we are closing applications for Fiction Editors EARLY. Please submit your Fiction Editor application by June 24th @11:59PM PST.
We are hiring 2 Fiction Editors. Fiction Editors decide which fiction pieces are published in Issue 21. The Fiction Editor’s primary responsibilities are to:
  • Review and select all Fiction submissions for publication in Issue 21.
  • Review submissions for the Prose & Poetry Contest
  • Submit a written piece to the 2022-2023 Editorial Anthology.
  • Attend monthly TSOW meetings.
To apply, send the following to thissideofwest@gmail.com.
  • A 100-300 word cover letter.
  • A resume detailing any relevant experience.
  • A 1-page (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced) writing sample of your fiction.

Drama Editor

We are hiring 1 Drama Editor. Drama Editors select which screenplays and/or stage plays are published in issue 21. The Drama Editor’s primary responsibilities are to:
  • Review and select all Drama submissions for publication in Issue 21.
  • Review submissions for the Prose & Poetry Contest.
  • Submit a written piece to the 2022-2023 Editorial Anthology.
  • Attend monthly TSOW meetings.
To apply, send the following to thissideofwest@gmail.com.
  • A 100-300 word cover letter.
  • A resume detailing any relevant experience.
  • A 1-page (standard screenplay or stage play format) sample of your dramatic writing.

CNF Editor

We are hiring 1 CNF Editor. CNF Editors select which CNF pieces are published in Issue 21. The CNF Editor’s primary responsibilities are to:
  • Review and select all CNF submissions for publication in Issue 21.
  • Review submissions for the Prose & Poetry Contest.
  • Submit a written piece to the 2022-2023 Editorial Anthology.
  • Attend monthly TSOW meetings.
To apply, send the following to thissideofwest@gmail.com.
  • A 100-300 word cover letter.
  • A resume detailing any relevant experience.
  • A 1-page (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced) writing sample of your CNF.

Interns

We are hiring 3 Interns. Interns help promote This Side of West to UVic Writing first years, and are often promoted to editors the following year. The Intern’s primary responsibilities are to:
  • Promote TSOW to First-Year Students.
  • Promote TSOW events in WRIT100.
  • Hang posters.
  • Shadow editors in the genre(s) they’re interested in.
  • Attend monthly TSOW meetings.
To apply, send the following to thissideofwest@gmail.com.
  • A 100-300 word cover letter.
  • A resume detailing any relevant experience.
  • A 1-page creative writing sample in your preferred genre.

F.A.Q.

Still have a question about volunteering at This Side of West?

No, you do not have to be a Writing student to volunteer at TSOW. Students from all faculties are encouraged to apply.

Usually 1 school year (2 semesters). This is subject to change as noted in our Code of Conduct. Each applicant must be available for a full school year (i.e. if you are graduating in December 2022, you cannot apply).

No, but staff members are usually provided 2 complimentary books a year: 1 Editorial Anthology in which their work appears, and 1 Issue 21 (subject to inventory).

Yes, you can, however, priority for the Intern position is granted to first years, since a major part of being an intern is connecting the first year Writing community at UVic to TSOW.

Please send your application and supplementary materials to thissideofwest@gmail.com

The weekly time commitment at TSOW differs per role, with some weeks having minimal to no work, and others (usually after submission periods close) requiring about 2-6 hours/week.

Rachel Lachmansingh (Editor-in-Chief) and Emma Treleaven (Managing Editor).