Dappled Things continues to grow, and as a result we are looking to add two new editors to our board of enthusiastic and talented volunteers. While we cannot offer payment, joining the premier Catholic literary and arts journal in print today will give you a unique opportunity to help shape and promote a revitalization of contemporary culture through the riches of the Catholic tradition.
The ideal person we are looking for is a lover of quality literature and the arts (though interested in the culture at large), can demonstrate strong writing skills, and is able to use those skills as an editor of other people’s work. That said, we are not looking only for English majors or “specialists” in literature, but rather for intelligent, widely read, and well-informed people for whom literature is a passion. Having people on our board who come from a variety of disciplines and educational experiences has always strengthened our work. And certainly we want a person for whom the Catholic faith is central, who is joyfully enthusiastic about the entirety of Catholic teaching, and who has an informed and sophisticated understanding of the Catholic cultural and intellectual tradition. And who has a personality.
Being volunteers, Dappled Things editors may wear many hats at different times. All the work is done through the interest, so you can be part of our board from just about anywhere in the world. Some of the main duties of new volunteer editors would likely include:
- Serving as readers during the initial round of review, selecting pieces to be further considered by the editorial board at large;
- Commenting on, voting, and helping select pieces for publication in the journal;
- Working with authors to edit work for publication in the journal, as assigned by the Editor in Chief;
- Contributing to the Dappled Things blog (this is optional, more on this below).
While this is difficult to calculate, given that the workload changes a lot depending on the part of the editorial cycle in which we find ourselves, on average it would certainly not be more than 5 hours per week. The only possible exception to this is if you are an editor who is willing to serve as a regular contributor to our blog. In this case, the time commitment would increase depending on the frequency of your contributions. Ideally, we want somebody who could post at least two or three times a week.
How to Apply
Please send an email with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Bernardo Aparicio at dappledthings.aparicio [at] gmail [dot] com. The writing sample should preferably be a piece of fiction or essay (ideally, something that would itself be a good candidate for publication in the magazine, so try to avoid sending us something written in an overly academic tone or that would only be of interest to specialists). If you think you would like to serve as a blogger, please mention this in the cover letter.
We look forward to reading your application, as well as hopefully getting to know you and collaborating with you in the future. While we may not be able to promise you power and riches, we can say without reservations that working with Dappled Things has been for all of us extremely rewarding, meaningful, and fun.