Become A Staff Member! 

Dear readers,

I thought it was about time that I started expanding the number of staff currently working at The Drowning Gull (i.e me). Too much weight is currently on my shoulders, and I would love to work with dedicated writers and artists. These will all be unpaid positions– but one I hope will reward its applicants with pride and experience. Listed below are positions available. (There is a guide for how to apply at the bottom of the page.)

MANAGING EDITOR*

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of editing experience, and/ or ridiculously proficient spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Trustworthy
  • Degrees in publishing/ creative writing and speaking a second language are both bonuses
  • Very reachable over social media
  • Must speak English as a first language
  • Reliable access to computer and internet connection

Responsibilities

  • Update Chief Editor of goings-on over social media or e-mail
  • Make sure other editors are working cooperatively and effectively
  • Read submissions (in the absence of other things to do). Work with editors of each category to ensure agreement upon acceptance, if necessary.
  • Be on the lookout for new ideas The Drowning Gull can coordinate.
  • Answer the questions of other editors, when necessary
  • Work with Chief Editor to make issues
  • Promote events, blog posts, and competitions that The Drowning Gull has done or hosted.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER*

Requirements

  • Experience using Facebook and Twitter
  • Trustworthy
  • Degree in journalism/ publishing a bonus
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliable access to computer and internet connection

Responsibilities

  • Remain in contact with Chief Editor and/or Managing Editor, asking what is permissible to publish on social media.
  • Stay active on social media, posting on Facebook and Twitter every couple of hours at the least.
  • Promote events, blog posts, and competitions that The Drowning Gull has done or hosted.
  • Be polite when corresponding with followers
  • Make catchy headlines and spark discussion (particularly on Twitter)
  • Manage The Drowning Gull group page on Facebook.
  • Find ways to promote The Drowning Gull call for submissions through other people, websites and organisations (yahoo groups, NewPages, etc).
  • Seek advice, when necessary, from the Managing Editor/Chief Editor

FICTION EDITOR*

Requirements:

  • At least 2 years of experience in editing, and/or ridiculously proficient grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Degree in creative writing/publishing/journalism and/or a second language are bonuses.
  • Trustworthy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliable access to computer and internet connection
  • An understanding of The Drowning Gull’s goals and the ability to accept or reject works based on those goals

Responsibilities

  • Read fiction submissions ONLY.
  • Provide notes on why they rejected/accepted a submission.
  • Organise accepted submissions in an effective manner
  • Edit accepted fiction submissions (and work with the contributor to do so, where necessary)
  • Prepare submissions for publication
  • Work with Chief Editor to make issues
  • Promote events, blog posts, and competitions that The Drowning Gull has done or hosted.
  • Remain in contact with Chief Editor and/or Managing Editor

POETRY EDITOR

Requirements

  • At least 5 years of experience writing poetry, and exceptional spelling, grammar and punctuation skills
  • Degree in creative writing or a secoond language is a bonus
  • Very reachable over social media
  • Must speak English as a first language
  • Reliable access to computer and internet connection
  • An understanding of The Drowning Gull’s goals and the ability to accept or reject works based on those goals

Responsibilities

  • Read and respond to poetry submissions ONLY
  • Provide notes on why they rejected/accepted a poem
  • Prepare poems for inclusion in issues
  • Work with Chief Editor to make issues
  • Edit accepted poetry submissions (and work with the contributor to do so, where necessary)
  • Remain in contact with Chief Editor and/or Managing Editor

ART EDITOR

Requirements

  • At least 2 years art-viewing or art-making experience
  • Proficient spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Trustworthy
  • Degrees in the arts or graphic design and speaking a second language are both bonuses
  • Very reachable over social media
  • Must speak English as a first language
  • Reliable access to computer and internet connection
  • An understanding of The Drowning Gull’s goals and the ability to accept or reject works based on those goals

Responsibilities

  • View and respond to art submissions ONLY.
  • Solicit artists to publish in issues (in the event of few art submissions)
  • Provide notes on why they rejected/accepted a submission.
  • Organise accepted submissions in an effective manner
  • Prepare submissions for publication
  • Work with Chief Editor to make issues
  • Promote events, blog posts, and competitions that The Drowning Gull has done or hosted.
  • Remain in contact with Chief Editor and/or Managing Editor over e-mail or social media

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Positions marked with * are the positions I most want people to apply for.

HOW TO APPLY

E-mail: thedrowninggullAToutlookDOTcom

If you want to apply, please follow these steps:

1) Put your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line of your e-mail, addressed to thedrowninggull@outlook.com.

2) Write a cover letter in the body of your e-mail, detailing a couple of publications and why you want to be a member of staff at The Drowning Gull. Let your personality shine through.

3) Attach two samples of your work- relevant to the position you are applying for- as either a jpeg or a word document. If you’re applying for the art position, we’ll allow a few more than 2 art samples. If you’re applying for the Managing Editor position, attach 2 samples of work in the genre you like most.

4) Wait for a response. One should come in only a couple of days.

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I can’t wait to hear from you! Here are some perks to being a member of staff to get you excited:

  • Experience
  • Comradery
  • Enjoyment
  • Pride
  • Insight into the issues before they come out
  • Insight into how you can improve your own craft
  • No travel involved (they’re all remote positions).

 

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