VOLUNTEER

Volunteer at Utopia Science Fiction Literary Magazine!

Do you have a passion for reading and writing? Utopia Science Fiction Magazine is looking for volunteers to join our editorial team. 

Assistant Editor - Manuscript Reader

We are currently seeking first readers for poetry and fiction. We will keep applications on file for a full year, and should we need extra hands, choose from that list. Each Position receives a $100 monthly stipend.

Qualifications

  • Must have regular access to internet and E-mail.

  • Must be fluent in English. This includes a reasonably solid grasp of spelling , grammar, and punctuation.

  • Must be available to commit to self-directed work at least 3-5 hours a week.

  • Must be able to express themselves clearly in writing and effectively summarize.

  • Must show discretion. Details about submissions are only shared among the small staff at Utopia Science Fiction.

Preferences

  • Previous experience on staff of any publication.

  • Familiarity with the work published by Utopia Science Fiction and what we're looking for.

  • A background in or basic familiarity with science (for fiction).

  • A good sense of what makes a good science fiction story.

Responsibilities

  • Read up to 5 stories a week

  • Vote yes or no and provide a paragraph or two that explains your reaction to the work and why you think it would or would not be a good fit for our magazine.

  • Pass good or promising stories along to the Editor.

  • Write a rejection note to stories you choose not to accept.

HOW TO APPLY

  • E-mail us at UtopiaScienceFiction@Gmail.com with the subject line "Volunteer Application."

  • Include a cover letter with your qualifications (if any) and reason for interest.

  • Let us know whether you prefer poetry or fiction.

  • Include a list of 3-5 of your favorite science fiction short story authors or favorite science-fiction poets and briefly explain what you like about them.

  • Include a list of two of your favorite stories or poems Utopia Science Fiction has published (feel free to look at our archives for ideas). Write a brief paragraph explaining what you liked about it. (Tell us what you really think, rather than what you think you want us to hear!)

If accepted as a reader you will not be allowed to submit content to Utopia Science Fiction. Readers will get a free e-subscription to Utopia Science Fiction Magazine. This is a great opportunity to see current trends in SF poetry and short fiction!

Outreach Manager

We are currently seeking a marketing volunteer to help with marketing and social aspects of our magazine. We will keep applications on file for a full year, and should we need extra hands, choose from that list. Each position receives a $150 monthly stipend.

Qualifications

  • Must be social, energetic, friendly, and willing to interact cordially with our readers and writers via e-mail and social media.

  • Must be tech savvy, with familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms.

  • Must be interested in science trivia, science fiction, reading, and writing.

  • Must be marketing and outreach savvy.

  • Must be able to express themselves clearly in writing.

  • Must be available for self-directed work for 3-5 hours a week.

Preferences

  • Previous marketing or outreach experience.

  • Ability to be inventive and generate ideas.

  • Ability to plan and execute a social media/online marketing campaign.

  • Familiarity with our current Facebook and Twitter feeds.

  • Familiarity with Utopia Science Fiction's mission and publications.

Responsibilities

  • Generating social media content.

  • Actively expanding readership.

  • Seeking out and creating opportunities for sponsorship and partnership with other organizations and magazines.

  • Thinking of Innovate ways to promote our magazine.

  • Generating ideas to actively engage with our current readers through contests, events, blog posts, etc.

  • Helping in marketing subscriptions and merchandise.

HOW TO APPLY

  • E-mail us at UtopiaScienceFiction@Gmail.com with the subject line "Volunteer Application."

  • Include a cover letter letting us know your qualifications (if any) and reason for interest.

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