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Beloit Poetry Journal internships offer young writers the opportunity to see and participate in almost every phrase of a little magazine's operation. Because we are a small organization, as an intern you will have the chance to see, and participate in, almost every phase of a little magazine’s operation, from the daily routine of screening manuscripts through the quarterly marathon editorial board meeting where poems are chosen for the next issue to the nuts and bolts of preparing an issue for the press. This experience will put classroom writing workshops in a new perspective and help you develop skills you’ll carry into your graduate studies or the world of professional writing and publishing.

Internships are unpaid and part-time. Schedules are arranged so they work for everyone involved.

The intern's role
As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the editors. Your interests and skills will determine your particular responsibilities, which may include
• screening manuscripts
• participating in quarterly editorial board meetings
• proofreading issues about to go to press
• developing features for the BPJ website
• working on contracts and subscriptions
• carrying out promotional campaigns
• working on newsletters and flyers
• writing press releases
• staffing the BPJ table at local or national conferences
• developing special projects such as chapbooks, readings, and workshops

How to apply
One to three internships are available during the fall and spring semesters and in the summer months. Academic credit is available in accordance with the guidelines of your university.

Applicants for internships must fill out an application form and interview in person, if possible, with the editors. It’s best to do this several months in advance of the internship. We will give preference to students with a strong literature background (usually at least three years of university-level study), excellent writing skills, a passion for poetry, and an interest in independent literary publishing. Computer and design skills are a plus.

For more information or an application, write to:
Beloit Poetry Journal
P.O. Box 1450
Windham, ME 04062
or email bpj@bpj.org

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