Graywolf Press is a literary press that publishes about thirty books annually, mostly collections of poetry, memoir, essays, novels, and short stories. Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combine a distinct voice with a distinct vision.
Graywolf Press seeks to increase access to publishing by offering a paid, ten-month Citizen Literary Fellowship.
The Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive fellowship over ten months designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience. It is intended to attract candidates who otherwise would not have access to publishing, and to therefore increase the diversity and inclusivity of the industry. We are flexible regarding the educational background of the candidate, but this position is not intended for those attending school full time.
This fellowship is grounded in our belief that while diversity in the books and authors we publish is vital, it is equally important that the people publishing these books reflect that diversity. Throughout the year, the fellow will receive active coaching and encouragement from the whole Graywolf team. Our hope is that this fellowship will serve as a doorway to a successful career in publishing or a related literary field.
The fellowship will be based in our Minneapolis office, and is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt ten-month position with a start date in September 2018. Compensation includes $20,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance.
The fellow will work closely with senior staff in both the editorial and the marketing/publicity departments, and will be able to follow new and forthcoming books through every stage of the publication cycle. The fellow will also have an active role in Graywolf’s outreach efforts. They will attend events and participate in meetings as a member of the staff. When appropriate, we will tailor activities to align with a fellow’s particular interests and skills.
Key editorial responsibilities may include:
· Reading and writing reports on manuscripts under consideration.
· Working with our editors to provide editorial feedback to authors on manuscripts that are in development.
· Soliciting endorsements and drafting catalog copy for forthcoming books.
· Reading print and online magazines to discover emerging writers.
· Researching other publishers’ titles that can be useful market comparisons for Graywolf books.
· Attending local literary events and reporting on new and interesting writers.
Key marketing responsibilities may include:
· Researching and contacting new sales, media, and advertising outlets, including those that reach diverse communities.
· Assisting with author events and tour publicity/promotion.
· Assisting with the development of backlist marketing.
· Assisting with creation, production, and distribution of seasonal Graywolf catalogs.
· Assisting with the Graywolf web site, as needed.
· Attending local trade shows.
Preferred Attributes and Experience
We are looking for a motivated, creative, and enthusiastic candidate with the following attributes:
· Strong interest in book publishing, contemporary literature, and the literary community.
· A commitment to increasing diversity in and access to literature, and experience working with diverse and minority communities.
· Prior experience that will help the candidate participate in the publishing process. Relevant experience is not exclusive to publishing or academia.
· Strong writing skills.
· Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with a small staff.
· Ability to take the initiative in proposing and identifying additional tasks and projects.
Tell us if you have any special—non-required—additional skills, such as design experience or familiarity with databases and/or web sites.
· Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
· Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes.
· Must be able to carry and lift boxes of books and other materials.
Graywolf Press is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.
“My expectations have been completely exceeded by the depth of opportunities that this fellowship has afforded me. Yes, this is an invaluable learning experience, but it’s also a chance to sneak in with the gatekeepers—to take a seat at the table and make meaningful contributions to the literary world. I’m incredibly excited to see what the next Citizen Literary Fellow, with the support of Graywolf’s phenomenal staff, makes of this immersive, significant platform.”—Chantz Erolin, Graywolf Press Citizen Literary Fellow, 2017–2018