Assistant Editor

10004, New York City
Up to $40,000/year + health, dental, vision, 403b, and generous PTO
Jul 09, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Poets & Writers Magazine is an award-winning bimonthly magazine for the creative writing community. The leading journal of its kind, it enjoys a readership of 100,000 and a robust online presence. It is published by Poets & Writers, a nonprofit organization formed in 1970 to help creative writers and the literary community nationwide.

The assistant editor is a key member of the editorial team and is responsible for providing vital editorial support for our flagship publication, Poets & Writers Magazine, and our website, The assistant editor reports to the editor in chief. This is a full-time position in our New York City office; we offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Responsibilities include:

  • Researching, writing, preparing, and posting Daily News on each weekday morning.
  • Promoting editorial content and audience engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Fact-checking articles for Poets & Writers Magazine and the Poets & Writers Guides.
  • Editing Letters to the Editor and compiling In Memoriam for each issue of the magazine.
  • Writing sidebars and other brief editorial pieces for the magazine.
  • Reading and evaluating spec and query letters; participating in editorial meetings.
  • Assisting in the editing of Online Exclusives, including Ten Questions, on
  • Contribute to the creation of weekly writing prompts on
  • Research, compile, and enter events in the Events Calendar on
  • Performing other editorial duties, as needed, including photo and article research as well as proofreading.
  • Performing other administrative duties, as needed, including filing, writing correspondence, and handling mail for the editorial department, among other tasks.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • At least two years of experience editing for print and/or online magazines.
  • Excellent journalistic writing, developmental editing, and communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, especially in Access, content management systems, and InDesign.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style a plus.
  • Familiarity with social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook).
  • Familiarity with literary community and interest in contemporary literature.
  • Cooperative, enthusiastic attitude.

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