Summer Publishing Internship

Hub City Press's Summer Publishing Internship program is based out of the Writers House, an historic cottage in downtown Spartanburg, S.C. The program is open to those interested in literary publishing in the United States who have completed a college degree (BA, BFA, MA, MFA, PhD) in creative writing within the past five years or are pursuing a graduate degree (MFA, MA, or PhD) in writing or related field.

Our residencies include work in the Hub City Bookshop and in the Press offices for no more than 25 hours per week. The internship will also require remote work including manuscript reading, copyediting, and proofing. Interns receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend of $150 a week; they are responsible for their own transportation and meals.

Due to a brief reorganization of our residency schedule, the next internship opportunity will be: June 4th to August 15th, 2020.

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Qualifications

  • Ambitious, driven, and detail-oriented individual with excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills
  • Initiative and the ability to work independently
  • Fluency in various social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Self-starter, deadline driven; ability to work independently and with others, take initiative
  • A passion for publishing and literary citizenship. Knowledge of contemporary literature including Hub City Press's catalog.
  • A commitment to encouraging diversity in literary publishing
  • 1 year prior experience in publishing required (includes: work experience, degrees, and certificate programs)

Tasks

  • Support a range of administrative needs, including executing orders and mailings, membership donations database updates, metadata entry, etc
  • Assist in proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking materials including manuscripts, digital content, and fundraising materials
  • Work as a clerk in the bookshop for a set number of hours weekly
  • Assist in staffing events and readings for both bookshop and press
  • Update the press website, as needed
  • Attend weekly staff meetings

Application Materials

  • Cover/resume via Submittable
  • Top five contemporary books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (in any combination)
  • Up to three pages of additional documents, e.g., references, work samples (please do not send creative writing samples)
  • Names and contact information for two references

Deadlines

Applications may be submitted between October 15 and April 15.

Fees

The application fee is $30.

About the Writers House

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Located at 252 Spring Street, the Writers House is a two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow in the historic Hampton Heights neighborhood. Built in 1924 by a printer for the local newspaper, the cottage is located within three blocks of the central town square and the Hub City Bookshop/Hub City Press offices. The house is fully furnished and has a substantial front porch and a grassed backyard. Washer and dryer are provided in the house.

From time to time, the second bedroom in the house will be used on a very short-term basis by writers visiting the community to give readings or workshops. Interns may bring their partners or pets.

Interns and residents receive a 25 percent discount on books at the Hub City Bookshop.

Questions??

Please email kate@hubcity.org with any questions regarding the summer publishing internship.

Current Intern

Taylor McCafferty

Taylor McCafferty

Taylor McCafferty is a Maine native and graduate of the University of Maine Farmington. Back home she works at Island Port Press in Yarmouth. She is an avid fan of Shirley Jackson, and is excited to soak up experiences at Hub City.

Previous Intern

Leslie Peters

Leslie Peters

Leslie Peters is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She has spent the last few years living up and down the eastern seaboard, and is most recently graduate of the George Washington MPS Publishing Program. When she isn't reading she enjoys volunteering, trying new foods and binge watching K-dramas on Hulu. In the future she plans to travel around the globe learning more about the amazing culinary treasures of the world. This summer she looks forward to working with the Hub City team and being a productive member of the Spartanburg community.