Apogee Journal is currently looking for several highly motivated and web-savvy readers to join our fiction team. We are a small but ambitious journal, having launched our 10th print issue earlier this year. We are now transitioning to an all-digital model to increase accessibility to the writing and art we publish. Currently, all positions at Apogee are unpaid, but we are pursuing funding and pay staff project-based stipends whenever possible. This role represents a chance to be mentored by the fiction editorial team, to read and select the chosen fiction, and to build  confidence and editorial skill. You will also get to work alongside a community of dedicated artists and activists with the mission to emphasize marginalized identities. The time commitment will be around 5-10 hours per week.


Interested in being a fiction reader for Apogee Journal? Fiction readers MUST:


  • Love reading fiction — literary, experimental, and everything in between! —  telling each other what we think about it. This typically includes reading 4-5 hours per week during open submission periods. Readers access submissions and communicate their notes with the team via Submittable.


  • Collaborate remotely via conference call, Google Hangout (or whatever bit of technology is working on meeting day). Meetings take place weekly during open submission periods and monthly with the rest of the Apogee Team.


  • Aren’t afraid of fundraising (and friend-raising), including but not limited to grant writing for special projects, soliciting original pieces of writing, or even telling your friends how great Apogee Journal is.


  • Do more than read. Schedule a few social media posts? You got it! Set-up the book sales table at an Apogee open mic? We’re there! Have a few ideas about how to get people to read Apogee, write more, and/or ? Where do we begin?!


  • Strive to achieve Apogee’s mission and present fiction from the margins in new and creative ways beyond the page.


Currently, Fiction Readers and all other positions at Apogee are unpaid, with the exception of grant-funded projects and workshops. (See? Bullet #3 is important.)

But this is a great opportunity for writers at any stage in their careers seeking a broader look at the spectrum of storytelling, voice, and perspective through a social justice lens — plus a vibrant community of artists and activists.


To apply, please respond to the following questions:


  1. What do you believe makes a successful piece of writing in chosen genre?
  2. Which contemporary writers work are you most interested in, and why?
  3. Are you familiar with the mission of Apogee Journal? Why are you interested in working with us?
  4. What is your communication style? Tell us how you work with teams and about your conflict-resolution style.


Please attached a resume or CV to your application, “Fiction Reader Application” in your subject line, and email your application to editors@apogeejournal.org. Deadline to apply is April 30th. 

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