"Aiken Taylor Internship"
The Aiken Taylor Internship at the Sewanee Review The Aiken Taylor Internship is an exceptional opportunity for a student from the University of the South to gain invaluable experience in the field of editing and publishing. With support from the Aiken Taylor fund (in the postgraduate year) this student will assist the editor and managing editor at all levels of production of the nation’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly, the Sewanee Review. In addition, he or she will be instrumental in several book-publication projects sponsored by the Sewanee Review (tentatively slated for the next five years): e.g. a collection of Dr. K.P.A. Taylor’s poems; a selection of the best poetry published in the Sewanee Review over the past sixty-five years; and essays selected from the Sewanee Review. Finally, the intern will help plan and oversee several poetry readings sponsored by the Aiken Taylor fund—the most significant being the annual Aiken Taylor Award event in the fall, when a major American poet is honored in Sewanee over three days with dinners, receptions, a lecture, all culminating in a reading by that poet, which is open to the university and community at large. One student will be chosen each year for this internship through an application process that requires a recommendation, resume, writing sample, and proofreading test. The Aiken Taylor intern will assist the editor and managing editor at all levels of magazine production, from initial screening of received manuscripts to checking final page proofs before printing; he or she will be involved in the organization, production, distribution, and promotion of the issues to be published during his or her tenure. The intern will also research marketing ideas for the magazine, as well as how web-sites are being used by our peers to motivate readers and writers to subscribe and submit. Finally, the internship will include work with permissions and copyright law. Because the Sewanee Review has published many of the great American critics, poets, and fiction writers, we get regular requests for reprint permission. The intern will learn how to set reprint fees and then pass those on to authors as royalties. And it is likely that there will be special projects (beyond the book-publication projects described above) during the intern’s tenure, such as an index of SR content over the past thirty years, and redesigns of the magazine’s web- site and submissions database to more efficiently manage the flow of the thousand or so manuscripts that come into and go out of this office every year. The Aiken Taylor intern must complete one semester of the independent study Publishing the Literary Quarterly (LITC454) during his or her senior year. If the intern is successful in the independent study, he or she will receive the Aiken Taylor Postgraduate Fellowship award at graduation and will remain in Sewanee for a year after graduation to work full time at the Sewanee Review, particularly on projects supported by the Aiken Taylor fund. The internship will provide excellent experience for students eventually seeking employment in publishing, including university press and trade publishing. Upon successful completion of the program, the accomplished intern can expect to receive letters of recommendation to potential employers written by the editor of the Sewanee Review. Application Requirements and Guidelines Resume One recommendation from a teacher in the humanities (English, History, Philosophy, Religion, Classics, etc.) Unofficial transcript Proofreading test - This can be picked up from Leigh Anne Couch (managing editor) at the Sewanee Review in Gailor 122 (Stamler Center) Writing sample - Your writing sample will be your written response to both questions below (we highly recommend careful proofreading of your answers): I. Please write briefly (a paragraph of 100-150 words) about your interest in working for the Sewanee Review in particular and in editing and magazine work in general. II. Please take a look at the Sewanee Review (feel free to come by the office for a complimentary copy) and one of the following literary magazines. Please review an issue no older than 2007: American Scholar Georgia Review Yale Review Missouri Review Southern Review Virginia Quarterly Review Kenyon Review Shenandoah Hudson Review In 1200-1500 words, discuss similarities and differences in the Sewanee Review and one of its peers. Consider content and format of each. How do these characteristics cohere to create a character (stance, attitude, personality) for the two magazines? In terms of comparing content, it will be best to focus on one mode of writing (poetry, review, critical or personal essay, or fiction.) _________________________________________ Step-by-step instructions to apply for the Aiken Taylor internship: 1) Read the application requirements before uploading your documents 2) Sign on to TigerNet on the Career Services website (www.sewanee.edu/careerservices) 3) On the gray bar near the top of the page, click on "Documents" 4) Click on "Upload a Document" 5) Upload your resume, your cover letter (recommended, but not required), your writing samples (your responses to the two questions in the application) , and your unofficial transcript (cut and pasted from Banner into a Word document) 6) Now it is time to apply! Click on "Internships", then search with the keyword "Aiken Taylor". 7) Submit all the needed documents, minus the recommendation letter and the proofreading test. The recommendation letter from a faculty member should be SPOed directly to Career Services. The proofreading test may be picked up from Leigh Anne Couch (managing editor) at the Sewanee Review in Gailor 122, and then submitted/SPOed to Career Services upon completion. 8) Click "Submit". You are done! Remember, all application components must be uploaded on TigerNet by midnight of the deadline. The proofreading test and recommendation letter must be received at Career Services by 5:00 p.m. of the deadline. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. If you have any questions or problems, please call Career Services at x1121.