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Words Without Borders "stands as a monument to international collaboration and a shared belief in artistic possibility." — 2018 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Citation

Words Without Borders Editorial Fellowship

By Words Without Borders

New York, NY

Words Without Borders seeks applicants for its editorial fellowship. The WWB Editorial Fellowship program is designed for individuals looking to build a career around the publication and promotion of international literature. The editorial fellow will gain hands-on experience with all aspects of the publication of a digital literary magazine—from issue planning to online promotion. The fellow will become familiar with the special considerations and skills required for editing literature in translation and working within the context of a nonprofit organization.

This is a unique opportunity for an early-career publishing professional to be mentored by experienced editors while also making a contribution to one of the premier magazines for contemporary international literature.


Reporting to the editor and working closely with editorial and communications teams, the fellow’s primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

—Participate in editorial meetings, generate ideas for future magazine content.

—Develop at least one issue or feature idea together with editor, identifying contributors and translators, and performing line edits.

—Prepare electronic galleys for monthly magazine.

—Proofread magazine and blog content. 

—Propose, commission, and edit features for WWB Daily, the WWB blog.

—Prepare monthly contracts and maintain editorial schedule .

—Support archive projects, including cataloguing and categorizing content from past WWB issues.

—Maintain a schedule of upcoming titles in translation for book reviews.

—Draft social media copy, select images, and schedule social media posts for issue and blog content.

—Update organizational contact database with issue and contributor information.

—Attend and help staff WWB’s literary events in NYC.


The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, responsible self-starter with strong written and verbal communications skills, an in-depth knowledge of the international literary landscape, and 1–2 years’ prior professional editorial experience.

—Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, comparative literature, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.

—Strong, demonstrated interest in international literature.

—Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and previous professional writing experience, including social media copy.

—Superior organizational skills, attention to detail, and initiative.

—1–2 years experience line-editing texts for publication in English, helping writers to polish their work to meet editorial standards.

—Proficient with Microsoft Office, content management systems (such as WordPress), and social media tools; Adobe Photoshop (or similar) skills.

—Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on a small, dynamic team.

—Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.

—Experience with social media promotion (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

—Fluent in English with knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

—Experience with multimedia content production (including slideshows, podcasts, video, and/or creating GIFS) a plus.

Editorial fellows will work from the WWB office in Brooklyn, NY, and require a commitment of sixteen hours per week for nine months, beginning in September.

The editorial fellow position pays $15 per hour.

Words Without Borders does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability.  We are committed to pursuing equity and inclusion in our organization and seek candidates with diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to our work. Permission to work in the U.S. is required.

To apply

To apply, please submit the following materials to [email protected] with the subject line "Editorial Fellowship Application":

1) A thoughtful cover letter that outlines relevant skills and experiences and explains how the position aligns with your professional goals.

2) A résumé.

3) A three- to five-page writing sample, plus a link to any relevant multimedia or editorial work (if applicable); both published and unpublished work is acceptable.

DEADLINE: May 22, 2019 at noon ET.

Published Apr 3, 2019   Copyright 2019 Words Without Borders

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