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We're looking for associate editors to join our brilliant team. You'll help read our submissions and competition entries and participate in our lively editorial meetings, where we choose which stories to publish. It's sadly an unpaid role (though we deeply wish we could pay, any income we receive goes to paying our authors and illustrators), but you will learn how a literary journal works and gain a wealth of experience in the short story form, not to mention the kudos that goes with being a Short Fiction associate editor! 

For this role, we're seeking great short story writers and/or sharp-eyed, insightful readers who, most importantly, have a deep love of the short story form. You'll be able to read a story and assess and concisely summarise its qualities. You'll know (and love) the brilliant work we publish, and the very high standards we set. You'll understand what in media res means, and why tension and pacing are important. Proof of these attributes, such as previous publication of your work, prize shortlistings, and academic qualifications, such as a Creative Writing MA, are bonuses, but are definitely not essential.

We would especially love to hear from people who are underrepresented in UK publishing, including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and LGBTQI+ people.

To apply for the role, email us at, explaining, in no more than 250 words, why you're right for the job. Include in your email a short, one or two sentence review of one of the stories on our site, saying what you liked about it, and why you think we should publish it (if we hadn't already).

We anticipate receiving a great many applications, so may not be able to respond to everyone - if you haven't heard from us by the end of April (2023), we're sorry to say that we won't be able to take you on as a team member this time!

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