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Be An Editor

It’s easy to join our international editorial board!

Any high school student between grades 9 and 12 can join our international editorial board. All you need to do is send an email to our Managing Editor, Billy Lombardo, and ask to be added as a First Reader. After we receive your basic biographical information, you will be asked to read and familiarize yourself with our Editor Guidelines, as well as the basics of using Submissions Manager. You will then be assigned your first piece. First Readers receive regular editing feedback from upper level editors (Second Readers, Genre Editors, and the Co-Editors-in Chief) as well as occasional feedback from the Managing Editor.  Readers are promoted through the editorial ranks based on their commitment to the editing process and on the skill and thoughtfulness of their editing. We ask that readers and editors commit to commenting on thirty submissions each volume season, but the workload is generally at your discretion, with allowances made for exam periods, and other important school programs.

If you would like to join us as a First Reader, please send the following information to our Managing Editor, Billy Lombardo:

City, State, Zip:
Graduating Class of:
School Name:
School Address:
School City, State, Zip:
Your Preferred Email Address:
English or Creative Writing Teacher Name:
English or Creative Writing Teacher Email:

(click here to send)

What do we look for in our in our editors?

 • We look for editors who can find successes buried in the work of the least experienced, least schooled, least polished writers.

• We look for editors who can write clearly and precisely about where a work succeeds and where it fails.

• We look for editors who can write succinct, thoughtful, helpful, appropriate comments to authors.

• We look for editors who are committed to one thing: helping the author to write the best poem, story, or essay he or she can write

• We look for editors who can recognize good writing

• We look for editors who aren’t interested in a cookie-cutter approach to reading for acquisition (editing with an eye toward publication). We select a great variety of students with a great variety of literary tastes to help us create a magazine that we hope will become even more reflective of the world at large.

Our greatest challenge with training First Readers is that we never see you. Unless something crazy happens, we know you only through our computers and through their work as editors. All of our training outside of our workshops is E-Training.

The process to becoming First Readers works like this:

You begin as a National First Reader in Training. As a First Reader in Training you are assigned to a National Genre Editor. The Genre Editor tracks your diligence and alacrity with regard to your responses to submissions assigned to you. The Genre Editor reads your editorial comments carefully and thoughtfully, evaluating them for appropriateness, precision of language, sensitivity to the author, grammar, mechanics, etc. And finally, the Genre Editor considers your overall evaluation of the piece being considered for publication.

Once you have responded to ten submissions assigned to you, the Genre Editors in consultation with the Managing Editor will consider whether you should be given full status as a National First Reader. This decision may also mean that you will be looked upon as a potential Second Reader.



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