The Lolwe Editorial Scheme

Welcome to the Lolwe Editorial Scheme

Thank you for your interest and here’s some information:

Have you ever wanted to learn how a literary magazine works? Here is an opportunity to get answers to some of your questions. Starting January 2022, Lolwe will be offering four people a chance to join and be part of our editorial team as Editorial Interns. If you are someone that is interested in the editing process and wants to understand the submission to publication pipeline of a literary magazine, then this is for you.

For six months, you will be a part of the daily running of Lolwe. The timeframe will allow you to be involved in our monthly editions and be part of 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 Lolwe 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?

You should have a keen interest in learning about the editorial process.

You 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 3-5 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, assistant editors 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 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. In future, we hope to secure funding and provide a stipend for those in the scheme.

How long is the scheme?

The first part of the editorial scheme will run from January to June, with two people from the selected four. The second part will be from July to December with the other two.

What next?

While we cannot guarantee you a chance to join the Lolwe team on a permanent basis, 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. 

Apply

To apply to the Lolwe Editorial Scheme, kindly send an email to editor@lolwe.org 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 (less than 300 words).

Deadline: Applications will close on Friday, 24 December 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, 3rd January 2022.