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Considered one of the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit literary publishers, Graywolf Press publishes books that foster new thinking about what it means to live in the world today. From its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Graywolf publishes an annual list of thirty to thirty-five new titles and organizes around two hundred local and national events featuring its authors each year.

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Graywolf Press is currently hiring for the position of full-time publicist. See below for details and applications will be accepted HERE through November 28, 2022. 

Graywolf Press seeks an energetic, dedicated, and creative person with book publicity experience for the position of Publicist.

Graywolf Press is a nonprofit publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including work in translation. We aim to publish books and authors that foster new thinking about what it means to live in the world today. We publish a diverse list of thirty to thirty-five books each year. Our nineteen-person staff is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Publicist will report to Graywolf’s Publicity Director, Claire Laine, and our Director of Marketing and Engagement, Marisa Atkinson. This position serves as publicist for four to five titles per season, with a particular focus on poetry and works in translation. The Publicist will lead media outreach for their assigned titles, as well as the planning and logistics for author tours. They will also work in partnership with the Publicity Director and Director of Marketing and Engagement on social media strategy and content creation.

The ideal candidate for this job has at least two years of experience working as a book publicist within a publishing house. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about literature (especially poetry and works in translation); is tuned into the contemporary literary landscape; is detail-oriented, creative, self-motivated, and collaborative; and has a knack for navigating relationships with a wide variety of constituents with diplomacy and care. This position requires some domestic travel to conferences and trade shows.

Preference will be given to candidates based in the Twin Cities area and remote candidates based in New York City, though we are open to considering highly qualified remote candidates based elsewhere as well. (For business tax purposes, candidates must be based in Minnesota, New York, California, Louisiana, or Hawaii.) A moving stipend will be provided if relocation to the Twin Cities is needed.

The salary range for this title is $50,000 - $55,000 per year, dependent on experience. Compensation includes paid time off (15 vacation days annually to start, with increases after additional years with the organization; and generous sick leave); health, dental, and life insurance, as well as short-term and long-term disability insurance; parental leave; and a transit pass. Graywolf employees are eligible for retirement benefits after one year of service. This is a full-time, exempt position with a start date in late January 2023.

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Required Education, Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

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Internships

Application are due October 15, 2022, 11 PM CT.

Graywolf Press is hiring for two Publishing and Editorial Internships in 2023, the Spring session to run from January 17 through June 9, and the Fall session from August 7 through December 15. We’ll be hiring two candidates for both sessions. Applicants will have the option to pick the session for which they’re applying. Interviews for the Spring session will take place in November 2022, and for the Fall session in May 2023.

Internships are paid and can be conducted remotely, but applicants must reside in California, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, or Louisiana for the duration of the internship. Interns who are within commuting distance are welcome to schedule in-office work hours.

This internship is intended to provide intensive educational and hands-on experience in the workings of a literary nonprofit publishing house, with projects from the Editorial, Marketing and Publicity and Development departments of Graywolf.

Over the course of the program, interns will have an opportunity to learn more about the publishing industry as a whole through focused conversations with staff members about the departments they work in and their careers. In addition to these informational interviews, interns will be invited to attend key all-staff and department specific meetings. Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of any opportunities to ask questions and learn more about areas of publishing that are of particular interest to them.

Interns will receive minimum wage ($15 per hour), paid twice monthly as regular wages. They will also receive a free copy of each Graywolf book published during the session. The internship schedule is fifteen hours per week for a period of six months starting. While schedules will be determined according to availability, we expect them to set ten weekly office hours for check-ins, meetings, informational interviews, and online time when they’ll be reachable by email or Teams. Office hours to be determined based on availability between 10:00am and 5:00pm CT, Mondays through Thursdays, and 10:00am and 3:00pm CT Fridays.

While we understand that applicants may have simultaneous commitments such as school and employment, we will not consider applicants who will be enrolled in another book publishing internship, or who will otherwise be employed by another book publisher at any point during your internship with Graywolf. We do not discourage you from applying for multiple publishing positions at once, but we ask that you withdraw your application from Submittable as soon as you accept a position elsewhere. This restriction does not apply to those working in journal and magazine publishing.

We hope at the end of this internship that you will have learned:

  • The publishing path from manuscript submission to final printed book
  • How the editorial, marketing/publicity, and development departments work together and support each other
  • What makes Graywolf different from other publishers and from other nonprofits

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Tasks and Duties

Interns will complete the following tasks and duties remotely. Applicants must have access to a workspace with personal computer and high-speed internet for video conferencing and email.

Interns will work on projects from every department. We anticipate about 50% of worktime being dedicated to editorial work, 35% to marketing and publicity, and 15% to development.

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Internship Qualifications

Due to the number of applications we receive, the acceptance process is highly selective. Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, energetic, and eager to seek out and support new and original literary voices. Preference will be given to applicants in at least the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree or who have equivalent experience.

Internships are being conducted remotely, but applicants must reside in California, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, or Louisiana for the duration of the internship.

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To Apply for an Internship

Applications for 2023 internship are due October 15, 2022 via Submittable. 

Graywolf Press is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. We welcome and encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses. To request an accommodation in the hiring process, please email access@graywolfpress.org.

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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. The fellowship is intended to attract candidates who otherwise would not have access to publishing, and to therefore increase the diversity and inclusivity of the industry.

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.

It is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt, ten-month position starting in February 2021. Compensation includes $25,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance.


Opportunity Summary

The Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive ten-month fellowship designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience. Through substantial project-based work in the editorial and marketing/publicity departments, the fellow will gain a broad base in publishing and be prepared to launch or further a career in the field. We are flexible regarding the educational background of the candidate, but this position is not intended for those attending school full time.

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Key Responsibilities

The fellow will work closely with senior staff in both the editorial and the marketing/publicity departments as they follow new and forthcoming books through every stage of the publication cycle. In addition to attending virtual events and participating in remote meetings as a member of the staff, the fellow will also have an active role in Graywolf’s outreach efforts. When appropriate, we will tailor activities to align with a fellow’s particular interests and skills.

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Preferred Attributes and Experience

We are looking for a motivated, creative, and enthusiastic candidate with the following attributes:

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