Jobs and Internships
There is currently no open positions for employment at Graywolf Press.
Graywolf Press offers ongoing paid internships designed to introduce qualified applicants to editorial, marketing and publicity, and fundraising work, as well as other aspects of the publishing industry. Benefits of an internship at Graywolf include a great hands-on learning experience at a well-established nonprofit arts organization and free books. College credit is also available.
The annual Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive fellowship over ten months designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience. It is intended to attract candidates who otherwise would not have access to publishing, and to therefore increase the diversity and inclusivity of the industry. Applications for the 2019-2020 Citizen Literary Fellowship are now closed.
Tasks and Duties
Interns will assist with a variety of tasks in each department, gaining hands-on experience and training in many aspects of editorial, marketing and publicity, and fundraising work. In addition to daily tasks across departments, interns will be able to take on more extensive projects in their individual areas of interest.
Typical intern tasks will include:
- Reading, evaluating and reporting on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions
- Sending manuscript rejections, requests, and submission guidelines
- Seeking out promising new authors by reading print and online journals, blogs, etc.
- Other administrative work (copying, filing, binding manuscripts, etc.)
Marketing and Publicity
- Promoting nation-wide events
- Tracking, formatting, and archiving of book reviews and other media
- Production of various marketing and publicity materials
- Mailings to media, consumers, booksellers, and other contacts
- Maintenance of the organization’s donor database by generating reports, updating constituent records, etc.
- Design, copy writing, and production of donor and member materials and ongoing correspondence
- Conducting donor prospect research and analysis to support solicitation strategies
- Providing support for small donor events and board and national council member meetings
Because of extensive interest in the internships, the acceptance process will be highly selective. Applicants must be in at least the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree or have equivalent experience. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, energetic, and eager to seek out and support new and original literary voices.
Qualified candidates will have:
- Knowledge about and passion for the publishing industry
- Knowledge of contemporary literature, including Graywolf titles
- Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills
- Computer literacy, particularly in a Mac environment, and experience in Microsoft Office, database management, and mail merges
- The ability to work independently and with others, including volunteers, donors, and vendors
- Dependability, flexibility, a positive attitude, commitment to professionalism, and the ability to maintain confidentiality
- Undergraduate experience in English or a related field (preferred)
- Design experience and familiarity with InDesign or Photoshop (preferred)
- Advanced reading knowledge of a foreign language (preferred)
Citizen Literary Fellowship
The Citizen Literary Fellowship is grounded in our belief that while diversity in the books and authors we publish is vital, it is equally important that the people publishing these books reflect that diversity. Throughout the year, the fellow will receive active coaching and encouragement from the whole Graywolf team. Our hope is that this fellowship will serve as a doorway to a successful career in publishing or a related literary field.
The fellowship is based in our Minneapolis office. It is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt, ten-month position with a start date in September. Compensation includes $20,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance.
The application period for the 2019-2020 Citizen Literary Fellowship is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.
My expectations have been completely exceeded by the depth of opportunities that this fellowship has afforded me. Yes, this is an invaluable learning experience, but it’s also a chance to sneak in with the gatekeepers—to take a seat at the table and make meaningful contributions to the literary world.