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Editorial Intern, Sundress Academy for the Arts
Deadline: June 5, 2024

The Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is seeking editorial interns. The position’s responsibilities include the preparation of documents necessary to run an independent writer’s residency, as well as online participation in literary events including readings and workshops. This part-time internship would consist of approximately 5-10 hours of work per week and run from July 1st to January 5th, 2025. All applicants must be local to the greater Knoxville, TN area.

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an entirely volunteer-run organization that hosts residencies, workshops, and retreats centered on creative writing in all genres. Located on a 45-acre farm twenty minutes from downtown Knoxville, SAFTA’s mission is to give writers of all levels a chance to workshop with nationally renowned professionals in their field as well as uninterrupted time to focus on their creative work.

The editorial intern’s responsibilities will include writing press releases, composing blogs, proofreading, working with social media (Facebook, WordPress, etc.), collating editorial and residency data, research, and more.  The intern will also be needed to help facilitate Zoom readings and events.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • A keen eye for proof-reading
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience with WordPress, Zoom, Google Sheets, and other online mediums
  • Knowledge of contemporary literature a plus

While this is an unpaid internship, all interns will gain real-world experience in working with online event planning, nonprofit management, running a residency, communications, and more while creating a portfolio of work for future employment opportunities. Interns will get to work alongside members of both the local and national literary community through SAFTA workshops and readings, which interns are able to attend for free during their tenure with the organization.

To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position to the Staff Director, Erin Cantrell, at Applications are due by June 5th, 2024.

Social Media Manager, Sundress Publications
Deadline: June 20, 2024

Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit publishing collective founded in 2000 that hosts a variety of online journals and publishes chapbooks, full-length collections, and literary anthologies in both print and digital formats. Sundress also publishes the annual Best of the Net Anthology, celebrating the best work published online, and the Gone Dark Archives, preserving online journals that have reached the end of their run. Please note this is a volunteer position.

Our Social Media Manager’s responsibilities include leading a team of staff members who work directly with our social media accounts. The Manager would work closely with our Executive Director to develop a social media strategy, oversee interns’ content creation, and schedule social media posts for Facebook, X, BlueSky, TikTok, and Instagram, as well as blog content. The Manager would also train interns on social media content creation and engagement.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • Previous experience with Meta Business Suite, TikTok, WordPress, Canva (or Adobe Spark), etc.
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Knowledge of contemporary literature
  • Familiarity with SEO and social media strategies preferred, but not required

Applicants are welcome to telecommunicate and therefore are not restricted to living in any particular location.

Sundress Publications is staffed entirely by passionate volunteers, so this position, as with all positions at the press, is unpaid.

To apply, please send a CV and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position to our Executive Director, Erin Elizabeth Smith, at Applications are due by June 20, 2024.