Want to join our staff?

We're looking for someone to join our staff as a fiction editor!

What you'll do as a fiction editor: 

  • Reading fiction submissions.

  • Selecting works for publication with co-editor.

  • Working with co-editor and author on developmental edits if needed.


We’re hoping to fill this position within the next few weeks, as our reading period begins in December. As part of the selection process, we may ask you to call and speak to a few current staff members.

We aspire to build an organization that promotes the diversity of the world in which we live. That being said, we are actively looking to recruit and promote diverse readers and editors. We do appreciate the high level of response to previous staff openings, however, the majority of our applications in the past have been white. We highly encourage BIPOC+ editors to submit their applications for consideration and we strive to increase our outreach to be an organization that reflects the multifaceted nature of mental health across all communities.

How to apply:

Send an email to submit@semicolonlit.org with the subject FICTION EDITOR and:

  • Tell us about yourself, including your pronouns and if you use a pen name.

  • Link to examples of work you like. 

  • Share your own work (if applicable).

  • Attach your resume & list experience.

  • Explain any ideas or thoughts you may have.

  • No need for a formal cover letter, but introduce yourself! Let us know how you found us, or why mental health advocacy is important to you, or any fun facts.​

History of reading for other literary magazines/journals and organizations, or any editorial experience, is preferred but not necessary. Don't let that deter you :)

Please note that this position, as with all our staff positions, is volunteer only. Like many lit mags, we unfortunately cannot pay staff or contributors. All proceeds from tip jar and expedited submissions go toward maintaining our website.