Call for Editors: FAQ

As announced at our Volume II book launch Wednesday night, the call for editors for Volume III is now open. The deadline is 11:59 pm on November 26, 2017. In anticipation of your questions, we’ve put together this FAQ.

Who can be an editor?

We are looking for MacEwan University students to help edit the upcoming Volume III of our anthology. Applicants should be students here at some point during the 2017-18 school year.

I’m currently attending MacEwan, but I’m finishing my studies in December. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! So long as you can commit to being in Edmonton during the editing process, please apply. This is important as editors will have to be able to meet now and then, in person, with their editing partners and possibly with writers.

What do editors do, exactly?

That depends. We’re looking for three kinds of editors: substantive, technical, and poetry editors. For job descriptions, check out our Call for Editors page. Make sure you apply for the position that you believe best matches your skills and interests.

In each position, editors will be paired off and given a number of stories/poems to work on. They will work under a supervising editor who will give them oversight and guidance. In the case of substantive and poetry editing, they will also be expected to meet and work with their assigned writers.

How long do the positions last?

Depending on the position, the term is generally two to four months. Substantive and poetry editors work from January to April, while technical editors work from April to June.

What if the work interferes with my studies?

It’s important to make sure that you can handle the extra workload before applying for or accepting an editor position. The work, on average, usually doesn’t amount to more than a few hours a week, so it is manageable. But it’s important to get an early start so that you’re not trying to finish revisions at the same time that you’re supposed to be finishing a term project.

How do I apply?

Just email us at and tell us which position you’re interested in. We’ll send back an Editor Application Package, which consists of a questionnaire and either a poem or story for you to edit (depending on which position you’re interested in). Complete the package and send it back to us by the deadline, and we’ll let you know in December.

If you have any more questions that haven’t been answered here, feel free to contact us by email or on social media.

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