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Join us

We welcome your participation in the WTAW Press community.
 
WORK WITH WTAW

Our positions offer a great opportunity for those who want to get involved in publishing, or want to understand the operations of nonprofit organizations: students, recent graduates, aspiring writers, those who are changing careers, or those who seek to connect with writers and devote time to a literary life. Successful candidates will work closely with our director to gain or enhance hands-on experience and firsthand knowledge of the rewarding and challenging work of small press book publishing.

WTAW looks for candidates who are ambitious, curious, and detail-oriented; who possess excellent written, communication, and organizational skills; and who are excited about leaning into new opportunities with a willingness to embrace new challenges. We value proactive and positive attitudes; an interest in thinking creatively, collaboratively, and strategically; the ability to take initiative and to work well both independently and with others; and the capacity to juggle various deadlines.

Prior work experience in the literary arena or publishing is less important than the level of commitment and creativity applicants can bring to WTAW Press.


OPEN POSITIONS:

Events and Programs Management Assistant
WTAW, an award-winning literary nonprofit organization that publishes books of prose, is seeking an Events and Programs Management Assistant to join
its team. The ideal candidate will have experience within events and programs management, specifically within literary arts organizations and/or presses and/or education. Reporting to the Director, the Events and Programs Management Assistant will be responsible for organizing, growing, and promoting WTAW's in-person and virtual programs and events.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist in developing WTAW's programming, including educational offerings, events at conferences and festivals, and virtual readings
  • Assist in coordinating logistics for in-person and virtual events and programs

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with other literary arts organizations, including education, and/or presses
  • Familiarity with educational and event management platforms

Publishing Assistant
WTAW Press, an award-winning literary nonprofit organization that publishes books of prose, is seeking a Publishing Assistant to join its team. The ideal candidate will have experience within nonprofit organizations or literary arts organizations, publications, or presses. Reporting to the Director, the Publishing Assistant will assist with projects from all areas of our operation, including editorial, publicity, marketing, community engagement, and development. The Publishing Assistant will gain an overview of the current publishing climate and the nature of independent publishing, including the stages of book publishing, from acquisition to post-publication, as well as the operational nuts and bolts and nitty-gritty details of running a small nonprofit business.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist in preparation of work for publication, including shepherding books through the production process
  • Assist in the design, development, and execution of publicity materials and marketing collateral
  • Assist in the planning and execution of author events, publisher events, and fundraising activities
  • Conduct relevant research and analysis

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with other literary arts organizations, publications, and/or presses
  • Passion for publishing and curiosity about the inner workings of the publishing industry
  • Knowledge of contemporary literature or genuine desire to develop it
  • Interest in learning the business of publishing and/or the operations of small nonprofit organizations

Social Media Assistant: WTAW
WTAW, an award-winning literary nonprofit organization that publishes books of prose, is seeking a Social Media Assistant to join its team. The ideal candidate will have experience within communications and social media management, specifically with nonprofit organizations or literary arts organizations, publications, or presses. Reporting to the Director, the Social Media Assistant will be responsible for maintaining and updating WTAW's social media channels. *This is a paid position, funded by a private philanthropic foundation.

Responsibilities:
  • Maintain the social media calendar
  • Create and curate collateral and graphics for social media platforms
  • Maintain social best practices to engage readers and literary community

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with other literary arts organizations, publications, or presses
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for building community through social media
  • Basic graphic design skills using Canva or similar tools

Social Media Assistant/Intern: Betty Books
Betty Books, the new imprint of WTAW Press—an award-winning literary nonprofit organization that publishes books of prose—is seeking a Social Media Assistant/Intern to join its team. The ideal candidate will have experience within communications and social media management, specifically within nonprofit organizations or literary arts organizations, publications, or presses. Reporting to the Director, the Social Media Assistant/Intern will be responsible for assisting in the launch of Betty's social media channels, and in developing and maintaining Betty's social media presence.

Prospective assistants should enjoy social media and content-creation, particularly literary and writing-related content, and that which supports women's voices, and either be actively engaged or enthusiastic about becoming actively engaged with those communities online.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist in launching and building Betty's presence on various social media platforms
  • Assist in developing and engaging Betty’s community
  • Create and curate graphics and collateral for social media platforms
  • Maintain social best practices to engage readers and literary community

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with other literary arts organizations, publications, and/or presses
  • Experience with or enthusiasm for organizations in support of making women's voices heard
  • Familiarity with and enthusiasm for building community through social media platform
  • Basic graphic design skills using Canva or similar tools

First Reader
WTAW maintains a corps of first readers for open submission periods. First readers have the the responsibility of reading submitted material and providing thoughtful feedback as to the merit and potential of each submission assigned to them to review. Read more about this important role and apply here.

ELIGIBILITY FOR ALL POSITIONS:
We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We consider applications on a rolling basis.

Unless otherwise specified, all positions are remote. While most positions are not salaried, those who complete the minimum contractual period will receive a modest financial payment. For interns who are in school and eligible to receive credit for participation in an internship, WTAW is glad to meet the necessary requirements. 


TO APPLY:
Be prepared to provide
  • a brief introduction to yourself that includes why you would like the position(s) and speaks to the qualifications you would bring to WTAW
  • a resume that outlines your experiences to date

Please feel free to ask questions or inquire for more information by emailing info at wtawpress dot org, or by using the contact form.

Thank you for your interest!

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION



DONATE

For a small independent press, publishing books and supporting writers is a challenge in the best of times, and WTAW  can always use your financial support. Your donations directly enable us to execute on our mission. You can make a contribution directly online here. If you prefer, mail your check to WTAW Press, PO Box 2825, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. WTAW Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are tax exempt to the fullest extent of the law.


Many more ways to be involved

Purchase our books! Or gift them to your friends, family, neighbors, and favorite readers.

Discuss our books at your book clubs or groups! Readers' guides are available. Contact us for an author appearance at your meetings. Many authors enjoy virtual visits with readers.

Teach or adopt our books for your courses and classes.
 
Write reviews of our books.

Post selfies or pictures of our books “out in the wild” on your social media platforms.

if you're a writer and have a manuscript you think is ready for publication, be sure to send it our way during one of our open submission periods.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest and support.

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