Katie Dunne: Managing Editor

I’m excited to announce that Katie Dunne is The Drowning Gull’s new Managing Editor!


Katelyn Dunne is a student at a small liberal arts college in a quiet town nestled within the Kentucky mountains. She is in the process of earning her degree in English, with emphases in Creative Writing and Literary Studies, while also studying Business Administration and Psychology. Although her college journey has taken her to a place encapsulated by nature, she is a native-Chicagoan, taking much pride in their towering architecture, vast vegetarian eateries, and their “lovable losers,” the Cubs.

Katelyn has been published in the journal Pensworth, current and forthcoming, and also serves as Pensworth’s student editor. She has won a scholarship for excellence in English, and is a two-time winner of her university’s Creative Writing Award. Writing is her passion, only paralleled by her love of editing. She strives to help fellow writers strengthen their craft and unleash the true beauty of writing.

Katelyn is a self-proclaimed glitter enthusiast who believes fully in the powerful magic of fairies, pixie dust, and, most of all, love. She feels most at home while attending Catholic Mass or writing lyrical creative nonfiction flash stories. She is looking forward to being the Managing Editor of The Drowning Gull and partaking in this newly-created magic!

What sort of work are you hoping to see submitted to The Drowning Gull? 

The more postmodern, the better! The Drowning Gull is already calling for the weird, the quirky, the out-of-the-box. I’m hoping to remove the lines of that box altogether. I’m looking for the mystical, the magical, the interwoven stories within stories within stories. I’d love to see stories that come alive and speak to the reader, both literally and metaphorically. I want to read a piece and be thoroughly confused, but completely satisfied, as if I had just experienced the impossible. I want pieces that wander aimlessly through time, with no end in sight, but somehow manage to come across beauty everlasting. I want stories that make you question what you just read, and leave you voraciously craving more. I want to be enthralled by the magic of the written word.

I believe that half the story is told through the structure itself. Bring on the shape poems, the quadruple-layered stories, the crooked words. I want all of that in The Drowning Gull. Structure is where the magic unfolds. The devil is in those details, and I want to see some black magic!

I want to be dazzled. I want to say to myself, “Wow, what in the world just happened? I love it!”


Shonavee Simpson: Nonfiction Editor

I’m proud to announce that Shonavee Simpson is our new Nonfiction Editor!


Shonavee Simpson is a freelance writer and editor with a background in publishing, copywriting and coffee. She is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts – English Honours degree, focusing on online feminist writing, and is a fun-loving, cat-loving feminist killjoy! She was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, and is a 7th generation Novocastrian who never goes to the beach and prefers a quiet cuppa in bed with her kittigans, Coco. Yes, she calls her cat ‘kittigans’. You should too.


Shonavee has always been an avid reader, ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get the stories she wants to read, which led to her stealing her first book at the ripe old age of 5 from her Kindergarten classroom. However, she reformed in her later primary school years, reading as many books from the library (and returning them) as she could get through – until Harry Potter happened.
Growing into her teen and young adult years, reading and writing remained huge parts of her life. This love of reading and writing took her to university, first in a Communication degree, then her Arts degree, and even took her to the University of Oxford to study in 2014.
These days, Shonavee spends more time writing than reading. She has written reviews for the lifestyle publication Weekend Notes, news and features as the Editor for the online magazine Highway Games, and has worked on copy for a range of companies. She is very much looking forward to reading your submissions to the Drowning Gull and can’t wait to work with all our wonderful readers out there!
What sort of work am I hoping to see submitted to The Drowning Gull? The kinds of submissions I am looking for will exhibit honesty above all else. I think that is hugely important in non-fiction, as so many of our memories are skewed by perspective and circumstances that being honest in what you’re presenting is of the utmost importance. Also, I will be looking for a message; something the reader can take away with them and ruminate on, that tickles the fancy or illuminates the everyday in a new way – think about WHY you’re sharing this story.

Poetry Editor: Rebecca Valley

I’m proud to announce that Rebecca Valley is the new Poetry Editor for The Drowning Gull!


Rebecca is an avid reader, poet, freelance writer and feminist. She was born and raised in Vermont a few minutes from the Canadian border, but now calls Washington state home. She recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and History from The Evergreen State College, but mostly nerds out over Caribbean and Latin American literature, medieval Catholicism, magical realism and women’s history.
Rebecca has published poems with a variety of literary magazines, including Rattle, M Review, and Gnarled Oak. She is an alumnus of the Prague Summer Program for Writers, and is currently writing a poem a day to raise money for Tupelo Press’s 30/30 Project. She has published history articles with Atlas Obscura and The Amazing Women in History blog, and is about to embark on a blogging and podcasting extravaganza as a volunteer for The Girl Museum.
In her free time, Rebecca loves baking, listening to podcasts, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She has a soft spot for cats of all shapes and sizes, M&M cookies, and HGTV.
Rebecca is looking for poems that are imaginative, dreamy, and leap from metaphor to metaphor. She loves poems that are vulnerable, intimate, and unexpected, and poems that capture what it’s like to be human. 

Social Media Manager: Ben Smith

I’m proud to introduce Ben Smith as our new Social Media Manager!

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Ben Smith is the Social Media Manager of The Drowning Gull. He has been a keen reader since he was young- having been raised on the likes of Harry Potter, The Children of the Red King, and the Chronicles of Narnia- and a keen writer since he was in his mid-teens.

His favourite subjects at school were English and Media Production & Analysis. After high school, Ben was accepted into Curtin University’s journalism program. During his time at university, he had his work published in the campus newspaper, The Western Independent. In his final year, he served on the editorial team for one semester as sport’s editor and chief of staff.

Since he graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree, Ben has contributed to many different websites as a writer. With a background in sports journalism, he has covered Perth Glory Football Club for From the Stands and served as Outside 90’s WA Matchday Correspondent this past A-League season. He also provides Twitter soccer commentary for award-winning site The Football Sack and currently serves as a music and film writer for youth media organisation, The Colosoul Group. As you may have guessed, Ben has a passion for sport, music, films, reading and writing.

Boasting an in-depth knowledge of the ins-and-outs of multiple social media websites, Ben is looking forward to his role as social media manager.





  • At least 1 year 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
  • MUST be able to operate WordPress
  • Very reachable over social media
  • Must speak English as a first language
  • Reliable access to computer and internet connection


  • Post on blog AT LEAST once a week
  • Develop new ideas for regular blog columns
  • Remain in contact with Chief Editor over social media/ e-mail
  • Promote events, blog posts, and competitions that The Drowning Gull has done or hosted.

Visit this page to see how to apply.