Reunion: The Dallas Reviewis seeking new editors and readers for the 2017-2018 academic year from the A&H graduate student body. For over two decades, Reunion: The Dallas Review (formerly Sojourn) has been dedicated to finding and publishing exceptional examples of previously unpublished short fiction, drama, visual art, poetry, translation work, non-fiction, and interviews. Published annually each fall, our mission remains cultivating the arts community in Dallas, Texas, and promoting the work of talented writers and artists both locally and across the globe.
Applicants must be University of Texas at Dallas students who display strong work-ethic and team-player skills (note: we do have 1 position for an undergraduate intern available). All positions require good communication and organizational skills, the ability to assess critically the creative quality of large volumes of submissions and to meet deadlines. All submissions are managed through Submittable software, so experience with the technology or the ability to learn new software is a necessary skill. Additionally, all staff members are expected to be able to meet for 2-3 in person meetings and attend the Launch Party in the fall. Below are the duties and responsibilities attached to each position:
The Editor-in-Chief is responsible to appoint staff for the new year/issue, organize staff meetings, plan and host the new issueʼs launch party (Late October/ early November), create deadlines for staff, supervise and make final decisions on content for the upcoming issue, work with Web Designer for website updates, work with Graphic Designer for printing journal and preview booklets to be distributed at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference, coordinate other opportunities to promote journal locally and beyond, and work with the Assistant Editor to handle any editorial queries to our gmail account. The Editor-in-Chief determines which top selections gain inclusion in the magazine, is expected to discuss/explain his/her choices with the Genre Editor in question. When the final selections have been made, they are sent to the faculty advisor. The Editor-in-Chief can veto a selection with the approval of the faculty advisor.
The Managing Editor is responsible for sending out calls for submissions to creative writing programs, for mailing copies of each issue purchased online to buyers, for running the Literary Journals Exchange Program (LitXPro), communicating with our exchanging partners, mailing out copies of the new issue to exchanging partners every spring and ensuring that we receive a copy of their issues as well. The Managing Editor helps to proofread/copy-edit new issue and works closely with the Editor-in-Chief and the Assistant Editor.
The Assistant Editor reports to the Editor-in-Chief, follows up with Genre Editors for progress on reading incoming submissions, copy-edits new issue, assists with launch party arrangements and hosting, organizes contributorʼs copy mailings, organizes creative writing program mailings, and coordinates the AWP Book Fair table.
The editorial staff is made up of Readers and Editors for the following genres: drama, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation, and visual arts. The Submissions Period runs from October 15 to January 15 and the Reading Period runs from October 15 to February 15 (in tandem with submissions, and extends one month longer than submissions).
The Readers work closely with the Genre Editors: all submissions will be channeled to their specific category under the supervision of the Genre Editor and then dispersed to the Readers by the appropriate Genre Editor. During the reading period, the readers will rate all submissions for their genre via Submittable, and make additional notes regarding the works to assist with review and selection.
The Editors for each genre (drama, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation, and visual arts) are responsible for oversight of their readers. Genre Editors will disperse submissions for Readers to read and rate. The Genre Editors will make a final selection from these top choices, a number decided upon in advance by the Genre Editor and approved by the Editor-in-Chief and Faculty Advisor. The top choices are then sent to the Editor-in-Chief. Once the Editor-in-Chief decides to accept/decline selections, the Genre Editor is responsible for communicating the decision on the submission to the Author of that work via Submittable.
The Social Media Specialist will be responsible for broadening Reunionʼs online presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, by posting to these social media sites on a regular basis. Specialists will be responsible for advertising upcoming creative writing events on campus and in the community and news related to Reunion and its contributorsʼ published works. Specialists must also have good writing, editing, and proofreading skills, in addition to technical and social media skills.
The Undergraduate Intern will be responsible for promoting the journal on campus and in the local DFW metroplex. S/he should have a passion for literature and the arts, and be a high-energy, low maintenance person with the ability to ensure that projects, people, and other responsibilities are timely, exceptional and on target. For this position, we need someone who is extremely organized, a solid writer, computer savvy, and conversant with publishing and social media (web and app based).