Reader, Editorial Assistant, Social Media Intern, Virtual
YARN stands for Young Adult Review Network where imagining, writing, revising, submitting, commenting, reading– really anything but knitting– is encouraged. All communication is virtual so, interns, feel free to stay in your pajamas most days. YARN was born in the summer of 2009 after Kerri Majors, author of This is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World, realized how few options young writers, ages 14-18, had to publish their own work, or even read their peers’. This online literary journal is a haven for those who believe in the power of collaboration with experienced writers as well as aspiring fledglings.
What it’s actually like
College interns are quite the Renaissance men and women at YARN. They range from first readers of submissions, editorial assistants, PR and social media staff. “It’s a creative, think-outside-the-box kind of job.” –Kerri Majors, Editor/Founder of YARN
Cool stuff you get to do
No matter what, you’re writing. This responsibility can take on a variety of forms, ranging from comments on submissions, witty tweets, blog posts and contest entries. “We also encourage them to participate in the culture of the magazine through contributing questions for our author interviews, helping to solicit authors for interviews, and contributing blog posts.” –Diana Renn, Fiction Editor at YARN
What you’ll learn
You’ll learn the inner workings of an online magazine– from marketing to publishing. Plus, you’ll get a great sneak peek into the Young Adult publishing world. “For the reading staff, they learn what it takes to get a piece published, and why some pieces don’t make it. For an aspiring writer, it’s a great education.” –Kerri Majors, Editor/Founder of YARN
How to prepare for your application
Show their website and social media platforms some love! Same goes with your cover letter and resume. “We love it when applicants can reference specific stories or essays they liked, or say what excites them about working with us. Clarity of writing in the cover letter, and a sense of their voice or personality as a writer, is also helpful.” –Diana Renn, Fiction Editor at YARN
Skills that impress them
Writing, social media wizardry, communication skills (responsiveness is the name of the game!).
You can start your own publishing career through blog posts and even some YARN contests! Letters of recommendations flow freely and the networking opportunities? Priceless. Oh, and you’ll make dreams come true for some first-time authors.
5 hours a week
Unpaid or “A labor of love” –Kerri Majors, Editor/Founder of YARN
To apply, keep your eyes on their website and social media for calls for new interns. They look only once or twice a year, so snatching up this opportunity is for early birds only.
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Submit your internship opportunity here.