monday night interns
The guidelines on our editorial internship are posted below. If you're looking for experience working on a literary journal, keep an eye on this page. Further information about how to apply will appear here when our search reopens.
about the editors
Monday Night is a journal of poetry and prose established in 2001. We are based in Oakland, California, though our crew spans the U.S. The current staff includes:
jessica wickens is a founding editor of Monday Night. She graduated from the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in 2007. With Della Watson and Kelsey Street Press, she recently founded the Bay Area Correspondence School, a project exploring experimental writing through online and offline communications. Jessica's poetry has been published in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Wunderkammer, Sawbuck, Anything Anymore Anywhere, Mirage/Period(ical), Idiolexicon, Little Red Leaves, Spell, Beeswax, Mêleé, Eleven Eleven, and The Blink. She co-authored with Della Watson a poetry collection titled Everything Reused in the Sea: The Crow & Benjamin Letters, which is forthcoming from Mission Cleaners Books in 2012.
nana k. twumasi (editor) was born in the south, and raised a bunch of other places, which left her with a midwest work-ethic, an east-coast attitude and, now that she lives in Oakland, CA, a west-coast sense of time. Her work has appeared as part of Ballyhoo Stories' 50 States Project, and the International Museum of Women's Imagining Ourselves online exhibit. You can visit her at her blog, where she'll tell you things you probably already know.
heather miller (editor), lives and works in Atlanta, GA. Having switched coasts a few times, she's back in the Southeast working on a very practical graduate degree. When she's not busy discussing the manner and placement of the /l/ phoneme, she reads, sews, and cans the hell out of local produce. She's a big fan of the Oxford comma.
sharon mcgill (design & production) is a founding member of Monday Night. Her fiction and book reviews have appeared in Opium, New Letters, Harpur Palate and numerous other venues. She's a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Denver, Colorado. Visit her draw blog or website to see more of her work.
Monday Night for sale at City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco.
NOTE: we are NOT currently looking for interns
Monday Night, a literary journal based in Oakland, CA, offers a half- or full-year internship during our reading season and production cycle. Editorial interns participate with our team of three editors in putting together an issue of Monday Night--from reading submissions to getting the work in print and into the hands of readers.
please note: this is an unpaid internship but offers all kinds of resume-boosting activities and general merriment.
time commitment & schedule: We are looking for interns who can commit at a minimum from September to March. (If you wish to participate in the full process of creating the issue, there is additional editorial work available through June or July.) September - December is our annual reading period, so we will all be reading submissions from November to early January. We will have regular check-in gatherings for the editors and interns throughout the fall, to break up the lonely reading season. From January to March, we will have a series of editorial meetings to review the work and make our selections. Other activities may include proofreading each of the pieces selected for publication, collecting permissions and bios from contributors, and other miscellany.
what experience could you gain from this internship?
- Participating in the entire editing process from reading submissions to reviewing proofs of the issue
- Reading your own group of submissions and making your selections to share with the rest of the editorial team
- Communications with writers, contributors, and readers.
- Promoting and publicizing the journal, including online and social media
- Planning readings and events (we are planning at least one reading during the internship period)
- Creating and managing an email list
- Working with a team of other writers/editors/interns in a collaborative process
- Special projects may be available, time permitting
- Work from home/café/school/bed - wherever you want to read submissions!
- Flexible schedule - as long as you make it to meetings and complete your work by the deadline, you can make your own schedule.
- Work with other cool writers - make friends!
- Extra coolness in your life via your association with Monday Night!
what are we looking for?
- Enthusiasm (reading submissions is not glamorous work, but it can be amusing and/or educational)
- Ability to sift through many pieces of writing without an excess of mercy and ability to trust your own judgment to find the best work
- Ability to use online social media and email communications. Commitment to the full timeline (see above, at a minimum from September - March)
- Ability to make time in your schedule for the reading and editing workload, especially November - March