Apply for a Position!

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The Spectatorial is holding an election to determine its 2017-18 editorial staff, and we want you to apply!

If interested, please email us with:

  • A 200-300 word nomination statement summarizing your application
  • A completed application form
  • All necessary accompanying material. Some positions require pieces that must be edited as part of the application.
  • An optional portfolio of some of your written and/or visual work, as attachments.

**THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 11:59PM ON MONDAY, APRIL 3! Send your application to thespectatorial@gmail.com!**

Elections night is MONDAY, APRIL 10, from 3-6PM.

Download the application here: The Spectatorial Staff Application 2017-18

Download the application outline here: The Spectatorial Application Outline 2017-18

Depending on which position you are applying for, you may need to edit some or all of the following documents. Please see the breakdown of which piece(s) you must edit for each position below. Please include these edited pieces alongside your submitted applications as .doc files titled as such: (YOUR NAME) _ (FICTION/NONFICTION/POETRY)EDIT.doc.

Download the Fiction Piece here: The Spectatorial – Fiction Edit 2017-18

Download the Nonfiction Piece here: The Spectatorial – Nonfiction Edit 2017-18

Download the Poetry Piece here: The Spectatorial – Poetry Edit 2017-18

All of these files are the property of their respective writers and were volunteered for the purpose of The Spectatorial’s application process. Please do not recreate or reuse these documents for any other purpose. By downloading these files, you are agreeing to these terms of use.

All positions are available and listed below. **You may apply for a maximum of two positions.

Managing Editors: Editor-in-Chief (1); Creative Director (1); Online Editor (1); Copy Manager (1)

Content Editors: Fiction Editor (1); Nonfiction Editor (1); Poetry Editor (1); Graphic Fiction Editor (1)

Contributing Editors: Communications Coordinator (1); Editorial Board (4)

To be eligible to apply for a Managing Editor or Content Editor position, you must have two (2) contributors’ points. Contributors’ points are collected by attending meetings, writing for the blog, copy-editing for the blog or print journal, illustrating for the blog or print journal, having a submission accepted to the print journal, or generally participating with the group (postering, etc.). There’s still room to sign up to write a blog post or copy-edit for the blog or journal, so please get in touch with thespectatorial@gmail.com if you’re looking for ways to gain more contributors’ points in order to apply to these positions.

You do not need contributors’ points in order to apply for a Contributing Editor position (Communications Coordinator, Editorial Board), but having contributors’ points may make your application more competitive.

Here is the outline of which pieces you must edit and any additional materials you must provide for each position:

If you are applying for EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, you must edit the fiction piece, the nonfiction piece, and the poetry piece. Provide substantive edits in comments, and stylistic edits in Track Changes. Please also include a short editor’s note at the end of each piece. Applicants for the Editor-in-Chief position must also submit a written and (if applicable) visual portfolio.

If you are applying for CREATIVE DIRECTOR, you must provide a visual portfolio containing a minimum of five pieces (though more is encouraged). You must also edit either the fiction piece or the nonfiction piece. Provide substantive edits in comments, and stylistic edits in Track Changes. Please also include a short editor’s note at the end of the piece.

If you are applying for ONLINE EDITOR, you must edit the nonfiction piece. Provide substantive edits in comments, and stylistic edits and copy-edits in Track Changes. Applicants should attempt to cut the piece down to 1500 words without losing the meaning of the piece. Please also include a short editor’s note at the end of the piece. Applicants should also provide a 100-word pitch based on the nonfiction piece, as if they were pitching the piece as a blog post.

If you are applying for COPY MANAGER, you must edit the fiction piece and the nonfiction piece. Provide stylistic and copy-edits in Track Changes.

If you are applying for FICTION EDITOR, you must edit the fiction piece. Provide substantive edits in comments, and stylistic edits in Track Changes. Applicants should attempt to cut the piece down to 1800 words. Please also include a short editor’s note at the end of the piece to give us a sense of your tonality as an editor.

If you are applying for NONFICTION EDITOR, you must edit the nonfiction piece. Provide substantive edits in comments, and stylistic edits in Track Changes. Applicants should attempt to cut the piece down to 1500 words. Please also include a short editor’s note at the end of the piece to give us a sense of your tonality as an editor.

If you are applying for POETRY EDITOR, you must edit the poetry piece. Provide substantive edits in comments, and stylistic edits in Track Changes. Please also include a short editor’s note at the end of the piece to give us a sense of your tonality as an editor.

If you are applying for GRAPHIC FICTION EDITOR, you must submit a one-page (approximately 500 words) critique of one of the comics we have previously published (please see our journal archive here). Applicants are also encouraged to submit a written or visual portfolio if applicable, and may also consider editing the fiction piece to strengthen their application.

If you are applying for COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR, draft a mini-marketing campaign for The Spectatorial. Imagine you are advertising for (1) submissions; and (2) an event that The Spec is hosting. Provide copy for Facebook (approx. 100 words), Twitter, and Instagram posts. Please also provide a visual portfolio containing at least three pieces of artwork or graphic design.

If you are applying for EDITORIAL BOARD, you do not need to provide edited pieces alongside your application, but having a portfolio of edited pieces and/or a written or visual portfolio may make your application more competitive, and we encourage you to make yourself stand out in any way that you can. : )

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Editor-in-Chief, Lorna Antoniazzi, at thespectatorial@gmail.com to discuss any questions you may have as a prospective editor.

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