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The Oyster River Pages (ORP) Internship is designed for individuals who align themselves with the values and creative expressions the journal embodies. ORP seeks to promote underrepresented voices in publication, believing that fostering diversity is the key to a more productive and compassionate society. We see artistic expression as holding potential in liminal spaces so that individuals and groups can speak and be listened to and understood in new ways. Interested applicants should be well-versed in one of ORP’s genres and should be able to devote approximately ten hours per month to ORP work from January–December. In exchange, interns will receive ten hours of editorial guidance and mentoring over the course of those months.

In 2020, ORP seeks interns for the following creative genres of our journal:

  • Poetry

  • Creative Non-fiction

  • Fiction

  • Emerging Voices Fiction

  • Visual Art

Interns will work with each genre’s respective editor. (You may learn more about these genres here.) Intern responsibilities are determined in conversation with the editor, according to ORP needs and the intern’s areas of interest. Areas that interns may participate in are (but are not limited to):

  • Reporting weekly (or bi-weekly) on submissions

  • Separating slush from potential publications

  • Sending slush declines

  • Consulting with editors on final publishing selections

  • Assisting in website uploading of bios, pictures, pieces, etc.

  • Assisting in emailing contributors regarding bios, pictures, declines, etc.

  • Maintaining social media presence

Next year, interns will also take the lead in the submission review and publication process for ORP’s special-themed issue, scheduled for publication in December 2020. This will involve collaborating with the intern team, brainstorming and articulating the relevant theme for the issue with the guidance of ORP’s editors, as well as reviewing submissions in September and October.

ORP will accept internship applications via Submittable from September 1st, 2019 through October 15th, 2019. You may view ORP’s current cohort of interns here.