The Lolwe Editorial Scheme

About the scheme

If you, like most of us, have ever wondered how a literary magazine works, here is an opportunity to get answers to some of your questions. Starting January 2021, Lolwe will be offering one person a chance to join and be part of our editorial team for six months. This will be someone who is interested in the editing process and wants to understand the workings of a literary magazine.

For the six months, you will be a part of the daily running of Lolwe and help with the monthly editions. The timeframe will also allow you to be involved from the call for submissions until the publication and launch of an issue. You will work together with the guest editors and gain insight into what goes into the production of an issue of Lolwe. The editorial scheme seeks to encourage more young people to get into editing and hope that one day you might work for a literary magazine or even set up one!

Who is eligible?

Any young person interested in learning about the editorial process.

They must be of Black (African, Caribbean, Diaspora) ethnicity.

You just need to be curious, enthusiastic, energetic and hardworking. No prior experience needed at all.

What does it involve?

  • Reading through submissions and making selections of work.
  • Working with the editors to edit work that has been accepted for publication.
  • Proofreading work before it is published.
  • Communicating with writers about their work.
  • Inputing ideas that can help with publication.

You will be requested for no more than 10 hours per week of your time for the duration of the scheme.

What are the benefits?

Through the scheme, you will get training, guidance and mentoring by the Editor-in-chief and the guest editors of Lolwe. You will also gain an understanding of the magazine publishing backend process. You will be a part of the daily activities of Lolwe and will learn how to read through submissions, edit, proofread and communicate with the writers. You will also gain insight into the admin part of the running a magazine.

You will also be credited in the issue you work on as an acknowledgment of your efforts.

The position does not offer any remuneration and is ideal for someone who is just looking to learn about the workings of a literary magazine.

How long is the scheme?

The first part of the editorial scheme will run from January to June and the second one from June to December.

What next?

While we cannot guarantee you a chance to join the Lolwe team due to budgetary restrictions, it is our hope that after taking part in the scheme, you will have knowledge of how a magazine like ours runs. With this, you will be able to work in any literary magazine and help with the editing work.


To apply to the Lolwe Editorial Scheme, kindly send an email to with the subject ‘Editorial Scheme’. In the email kindly tell us a bit about yourself and state why you should be considered for the scheme. Please be as clear and concise as possible.

Deadline: Applications will close on January 31st 2021.