Nightingale & Sparrow is looking to add some more birds to our nest!
Full disclosure: These are unpaid, remote, volunteer positions.
While we’re generating some income from print and merchandise sales, we’re not yet making the profit necessary to bring on paid staff or writers—we’re continuing to grow, though, and hope that we’ll be able to change this in the not-so-distant future!
Applications will be open through 18 August (11:59 pm EST).
As N&S continues to grow, our current team hopes to grow along with it! To help make sure that the magazine and press continue to run smoothly and can keep showcasing the stellar work of our contributors going forward, we’re looking for an assortment of enthusiastic volunteer team members to join our “nest.”
Wanted: Two (2) Associate Production Managers, Two (2) Social Media Managers
Associate Production Managers (Magazine)
These two will work in tandem with our existing production managers to compile the print, digital, and web archive copies of each issue of Nightingale & Sparrow, run plagiarism checks on shortlisted pieces, and do minor proofreading tasks and style guide application where necessary. In the event that either production manager needs to step away for an issue, the two associate production managers should be able to ensure the issue still runs smoothly in terms of uploads, plagiarism checks, etc.
Currently, this position will work almost exclusively in the magazine side of N&S but may expand to N&S Press in the future.
Social Media Manager (Press, Magazine)
The social media managers for Nightingale & Sparrow Literary Magazine and for N&S Press will be primarily tasked with creating and scheduling social media content. Our magazine SMM will focus on lit mag content, while the press SMM will work on content related to Nightingale & Sparrow and Vociferous Press. These will include: submissions calls, announcements of accepted and new projects, cover reveals, excerpts, calls for blurbs and reviews, etc.
The social media managers will be welcome to utilise their scheduling program(s) of choice, and are, of course, welcome to reach out to our incumbent social media manager or EIC for recommendations!
For all positions:
We promise to not take over your life with crazy expectations or excessive workload—we understand that these are unpaid volunteer positions and would never want to take advantage of you.
For the magazine, there will be the most work in the weeks leading up to each issue’s launch (usually the first two weeks of every third month, though November’s issue will be published early this year [on Halloween]), and there will also be much slower periods. For N&S Press, work will be a bit more spread out, with our first chapbook submission period opening 5 August.
We’d love to work with someone who is looking for more experience in the writing/publishing field and would be more than happy to provide references/recommendations for your future endeavours. We’ve been around the block a few times ourselves with various projects and would be thrilled to help start someone off on their own journey!
Skills/Experience we’d love to see For these Positions:
*Note: This is by no means a checklist! We don’t expect you to know/have done everything here. Consider this our ultimate wishlist and highlight what you’ve got while applying—we ultimately want the best candidate for our team as a whole, not just whoever’s got the highest skill level or the most experience. Most of these skills apply to all of these positions, though some will be more relevant than others
- Strong writing skills
- Some copyediting experience
- Experience using word processors for formatting, especially with images
- Knowledge of Google Suite, Trello, Slack, and Airtable
- Prior lit mag experience (again, not necessary, though beneficial)
- Effective virtual communication skills
- Confidence both in working as part of a team and on your own as needed (remember- this is a remote position)
Firstly, be sure to read through this page and take a look around our site—if you think you’d be a great fit, continue! 🙂
Send a copy of your resume to [email protected]. Specify which position you’re interested in the subject line, ie “Poetry Editor Application.” In the email, include a cover letter, particularly highlighting why you’d like to join the team and what skills/experience make you a good fit (here’s your chance to brag a little!). If you have any short writing samples/examples of previous projects that you’d like us to see, send them along. Add a cute pet picture if you’re feeling extra generous.
Of course, please feel free to send any questions to our EIC via the same email.
We’ll be accepting applications for this position from through 12 August (11:59 pm EST). From there, we’ll send some additional questions to our shortlist with a decision coming shortly thereafter.
Thank you so much for considering joining our team—the birds can’t wait to meet you!