Nomination Tips for 2016 Applications

Hey everyone! We’ve had a few questions about how to write a self-nomination statement that will stand out, so we’ve decided to share some of our tips and even provide a few sample nominations! 🙂
How to Write a Kickbutt Nomination
What do you need?
1. Explicit details about what your experience is
2. Explicit details about why you are a great fit for The Spec
3. Explicit details about how you intend to run the position & goals for the position
There’s a theme, no? Explicit information means people have something to hold on to!
Because we want you to be extra-prepared, here’s a couple of sample nominations for you to take a look at! Keep in mind that at the Spec we encourage everyone to apply for positions regardless of their “official” experience—we are open to diamonds in the rough, and we never know who has super secret skills. That’s why we include the writing, editing, art, and layout/design portfolios! Please take advantage of this opportunity to include work beyond the specified application requirements for each position, and please ensure that you look through those as well when preparing to vote at elections.
Our case studies include two nominees: one who’s had plenty of campus life experience and who is applying for Nonfiction Editor, and one who has no campus life experience but who has run their own blog and is looking to apply for Online Editor. Note that the items cited in these nominations are only some of the things that are important to the Spec! They certainly aren’t examples of the only ways to write appealing applications for these positions.
Your experience is yours alone, and it’s up to you to make it sing.
Nomination samples:
SOMEONE WITH A LOT OF “OFFICIAL” EXPERIENCE
For the past two years of my undergraduate degree, I have committed myself to making student publications the best they can be. I have copy edited for The Varsity, written articles for The Strand, and in my spare time act as a slush-pile reader at a literary magazine, THE LITERARY MAGAZINE. I know what it takes to produce great content on a tight schedule, and I am confident that I can use this experience to help to improve the mechanics of The Spectatorial. Moreover, having been published in Idiom and The Foolscap, I’ve also had the privilege of being on the other side of the table. I value creating strong writer-editor bonds, and the fact that The Spectatorial prioritizes meeting its authors in person is one of the reasons I’m most excited to nominate myself for Nonfiction Editor.
I’ve been an avid collector of all things speculative since I can remember. As a child, I read The Golden Compass more times than you can imagine, and my love for fantasy never came to an end. Like many speculative fiction fans, I’m frustrated with the speculative-literary divide, and I see the Nonfiction Editor position as my chance to support undergraduate research in this field. I plan to work with the Communications Coordinator and Editor in Chief to grow our Nonfiction Section and improve outreach, publishing at least three nonfiction pieces per journal.
BREAKDOWN:
1. Experience: Copy editing (The Varsity), writing (the Strand), slush-pile reader (off-campus magazine), being published on campus
2. Why Spec: Researched the production process (meeting people in person), passion for the speculative, frustration with the divide between the speculative and the literary
3. Goals: Improve mechanics of The Spec thanks to experience with other organizations, working with other members to create growth, quantifiable goal of at least three NF pieces per journal
SOMEONE WITH NOT MUCH “OFFICIAL” EXPERIENCE
I’ve been reading The Spectatorial since it came online this year—I’ve made it through every journal, and after attending this year’s AGM I know it’s the journal I want to be a part of. Whether it’s Harry Potter, 1984, or some bleak ghost story, I’ve always loved speculative fiction, and I can’t wait to help The Spec in its task of valuing the unreal in academia. Moreover, I admire The Spectatorial’s commitment to queerness, feminism, and equity, and know that my similar values make this journal the space for me. Taking on this leadership position, I would be fully committed to training future The Spectatorial members in a similar vein of thought.
My major in the History and Philosophy of Science and my double minor in Book & Media Studies and English has given me a lot of experience in editing, and I have a particular academic appreciation for all things science fiction. I’m the friend that my friends go to for editing, and I’m confident that this experience of editing regularly—and carefully! friends are sometimes the worst to edit—means I’m prepared to keep up with The Spec’s pace. In my spare time, I run a personal blog that’s received 15, 000 views over the past two years, so you can trust me when I say that I know how to get things done consistently and in a way that appeals to my audience. I’ve run blogs on and off for the past ten years—yes, including livejournal!—and am committed to bringing this learned experience with me to The Spectatorial’s Online Editor position. My goals are to ensure a steady stream of content—at least three posts per week—and a style guide for specifically online writing, design, and organization.
BREAKDOWN:
1. Experience: Academic relevance, personal blog, editing for friends
2. Why Spec: Identifying with equity, loving specfic, academic relevance
3. Goals: Streamline organization, create style guide, weekly goal for blog posts
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