Welcome to the team! Below, you’ll find all of the positions that we currently have open if you want to join our awesome community of indie lit supporters. There is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY OR REQUIRED for our positions, unless otherwise stated. We’ll train you, guide you, and provide templates and packets for everything that you will need, and we trust your instincts to bring something new and wonderful to the table. Obviously if you have past experience, that is a super big plus, but we’ll mostly be looking for enthusiasm and passion. Most of these positions are volunteer or commission, but they fit around any schedule and any workload. Please get involved. WE NEED YOU. Together, we can build a community and achieve more.

To apply for any of these positions, fill out the form.

PERKS: You receive 20% off our entire catalog of print books and 10% off all merchandise; free ebooks of our ENTIRE catalog (as they become available); discounts on all our editing, critiquing, merchandising, and promoting services; access to our private Members Only section; a Meet the Press feature spotlight on The Transmitter, as well as the opportunity to feature your writing and the promotion of fellow indie-press authors and friends you know in our publicity columns on The Coil; discounts to various literary societies, press conventions, and conferences, including a Book Fair Staff price at AWP events where our tables are featured; and inclusion in all sorts of staff activities, such as favorting #Pitmad Twitter tweets that you think look interesting on our behalf (for Alternating Current to read and consider!) and lending your opinions to “staff picks,” like our end-of-the-year book lists (here and here and here). Staff authors will also receive publication of one piece of their own poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid work per year on The Coil.


Prose Editor (USA only)
[Must have knowledge of and regularly read past and contemporary short stories, flash pieces, essays, memoir, novels, and hybrid. Your job would be to read prose submissions, both fiction and nonfiction, single pieces and full manuscripts, and communicate with the Acquisitions Editor about acceptances and editing needs.]

YA Editor (USA only)
[Must demonstrate knowledge of the YA (Young Adult) field and be able to identify the language and significance in stories with themes of science, mathematics, engineering, computing, history, and/or invention, with excellent messages for upper-middle school and high school ages. We are not interested in readers of YA romance or YA puberty/growing pain issues or YA vampire fantasy, etc. Your job would be to read YA submissions and communicate with the Acquisitions Editor about acceptances and editing needs.]

YA Publicist (USA only)
[Must demonstrate knowledge of the YA (Young Adult) field and be able to market and promote YA books with our themes of science, mathematics, engineering, computing, history, and/or invention to as wide of an audience as possible. Your job would be to familiarize yourself with our YA Spark imprint series, and to network with connections and people in the YA community to get reviews, enter contests, and seek awards, recognitions, publicity, and opportunities for our YA books.]

Artistic, Audio, & Visual Designers
[We are looking for book-cover designers, people good with Photoshop or Gimp who can make marketing materials, posters, fliers, social media banners and share-images, etc., as well as people with video-editing and filming knowledge who can make book trailers, and people with good reading voices, recording equipment, and editing knowledge interested in doing audiobooks. There are some tiny stipends and token payments for some items, depending on book budgets, but they are small, if anything, so consider this volunteer work first and foremost.]

Awards & Microgrants Coordinator
[Must exercise extreme organizational skills. Your job would be to coordinate our processes for our annual writing awards (Electric Book Award, Spark Book Award, Coil Book Award, Luminaire Award for Best Prose, Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, and Charter Oak Award for Best Historical), and for our Microgrants for Marginalized Writers. You’d have to work with spreadsheets, deadlines, contacts, judges, and very meticulously catalog blind submissions and authors.]

Social Media Director (USA only)
[Someone who has a good head for social media. Must act professional and have excellent grammar and editing skills. Can’t be easily baited by trolls. Must be able to handle (and/or learn) Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Ello, Google+, YouTube, and Vimeo, and keep them all updated daily, or handle assistants or others under you who have access.]

“The Coil” Assistant Editors [2]
[Assistant Editors to the Managing Editor of “The Coil.” You’d have all of the same duties as the Managing Editor: making sure the journal ran smoothly, gathering pieces, reaching out to contacts, handling authors, reading through pitches, editing everything, updating a submission calendar, keeping on people’s butts about deadlines, and handling layout of pieces far in advance, only on a smaller scale, because you’d be assigned what the Managing Editor gave you. Requires an organized person, and someone excited about reaching out to people for pieces that fit certain themes, holidays, current events, literary trends, etc. You would also be able to have your own columns or write your own pieces any time you’d like.]

Book Reviews Editor (USA only)
[You’d be in charge of the book reviews section of “The Coil.” This is our toughest section because you have to communicate with all of the book reviewers, make sure they have reviews in on time (especially for forthcoming releases, which should be published on release day), solicit presses and publicists for books that your reviewers are interested in reviewing, and edit the reviews before the Managing Editor can lay them out. You will also be on the publicity lists for presses to notify you if they have new books coming out, or for authors to send you press release info, and you are in charge of sending that information around to the reviewers, and then requesting books if reviewers want them. You would also be able to request books for yourself and write your own reviews, or write your own columns any time you’d like.]

Book Reviewers
[Request, read, and review books for “The Coil.” Must submit one review per month, according to our (really simple) standards. You choose what you read and keep the books; sometimes a book is assigned, but rarely. Token monthly payment on “The Coil.”]

Interviewers
[Select interviewees in literary, science, history, or current events fields, and interview them for “The Coil.” Must submit one interview per month, according to our (really simple) standards. You choose whom you interview; sometimes an interview is assigned, but rarely. Token monthly payment on “The Coil.”]