Join the only magazine of world literature that is also of the world.  

Deadline: 17 March 2017

Among a growing number of journals with a focus on translation, Asymptote distinguishes itself with the diversity, the generosity, and the freshness of its offerings. This is made possible by a team comprising close to eighty staffers across six continents: our editors are based across the world. Many are plugged into their local scenes, continually deepening their knowledge of local literature by forging partnerships with literary institutions and bringing exciting new discoveries to the table. It is unfortunate that magazines with key editors and position-holders of non-White or non-Western backgrounds are still a rarity in English-language literary publishing; therefore, we pride ourselves in being an inclusive journal—which is reflected not only in the names we feature on our covers, but also on our masthead.

If you are considering a career in world literature, Asymptote also provides the perfect training ground. Former Asymptote staff have gone on to take up positions in Dalkey Archive, Words Without Borders, The Wylie Agency, David Godine and Penguin Books.  

All volunteer positions are listed below. Three-month internships can also be arranged for most positions, but permanent staff members looking to be involved for at least a year (for the editorial roles especially) are preferred.

Marketing and Social Media

Director of Outreach

The Director of Outreach is responsible for strategizing and coordinating our outreach efforts on the ground and via social media and the blog, so as to increase our readership. Candidates should be familiar with the world literature scene, be able to supervise for results, and demonstrate an aptitude for marketing.

Communications Manager 

The Communications Manager is responsible for generating all external communications (including, but not restricted to: press releases, mailers, media kits, interviews, etc.) and maintaining certain internal documents (e.g. the Asymptote orientation manual). Only the most meticulous candidates, capable of generating impeccable copy, need apply.

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is responsible for strategizing the promotion of Asymptote's quarterly issues, contests, events and other initiatives, such as our new educational arm. Some experience in marketing in the literary field would be good but not absolutely necessary. However, deep familiarity with the world literature scene is a must.

Chinese Social Media Manager

The Chinese Social Media Manager will be responsible for researching and crafting social media content for the journal on our Douban and Weibo accounts, as well as a new Chinese Facebook page we are thinking of setting up. The applicant should have experience with or show aptitude for generating exciting copy.


Copy Editor 

Copy Editors will be responsible for vetting Asymptote's written content across all platforms for consistency and sharpness. Applicants should have an eye for detail, a fastidious work ethic, and experience in an English-language editorial position. 

Assistant Interviews Editor

The Assistant Interviews Editor supports the Interviews Editor (Henry Ace Knight) in soliciting, curating, and conducting interviews with both rising stars and established names in world literature for publication both in our quarterly issues and on our blog. Applicants should be sensitive, resourceful, and have good time management skills, as well as a sharp eye for new literary trends and a knack for conversation. Former experience of a similar nature is appreciated.

Assistant Blog Editor 

The Assistant Blog Editor will be part of a team responsible for soliciting, curating, and copy-editing the content on Asymptote's daily blog, and will also help to co-ordinate Asymptote staff members' contributions to the blog. Applicants should have experience in editing, or contributing to, literary platforms or news sites. 


Assistant Managing Editor (Human Resources)

As the Asymptote team continues to grow, the Assistant Managing Editor (HR) will play a critical role in managing the journal’s global infrastructure, finding skilled personnel to meet our needs and building team spirit. Applicants should have managerial experience in either a global organization or a comparable literary journal.

Executive Assistant 

As a large, multinational team, Asymptote relies on effective internal communications and efficient administrative systems to put together the very best material. Executive Assistants help the journal's Assistant Managing Editors to keep things running smoothly, and require sharp organizational instincts, good people skills, and some administrative experience.   


Business Developer

We seek a business developer (ideally with some experience in Internet-related publishing) to help us conceptualize and implement a business model that will pave a way toward sustainability.

Design and Multimedia

Graphic Designer

The Graphic Designer (or Intern) will provide graphic design assistance for all our marketing needs. Please submit a portfolio along with your application.

Merchandise Designer

To commemorate our sixth anniversary, we hope to roll out a new series of Asymptote memorabilia, ranging from tote bags to T-shirts. Candidates should have experience with merchandise design. Please submit a portfolio along with your application.

Responsive Layout Designer

The Responsive Layout Designer (or Responsive Layout Design Intern) will work closely with our existing Technical Manager to (re)design Asymptote's webpage layouts. The ideal candidate should have experience designing periodical layouts and have a strong interest in the potential applications of responsive web design for innovating and improving the way we read digital texts(-in-translation). Please submit a portfolio along with your application.

Video Producer

The Video Producer will conceive and produce dynamic video trailers for our issues, such as these trailers for our January 2014 and October 2015 issues. Along with other publicity material that might also be commissioned, these videos will be shared on our social media platforms. Candidates should have strong video production skills. Please submit a portfolio along with your application.

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All Asymptote staff work from home and communicate via email and Skype or gmail chat.

To apply for any of these unpaid positions, please send a cover letter explaining why you'd like to join our team and a copy of your CV to, with "APPLICATION:" and the position(s) you're applying for in the subject line. Take note that most positions will start out with a 3-month orientation (requiring a commitment of 12 hours a week) during which you will get to know the journal and your fellow team members. After this orientation period, we will evaluate your performance and determine your future role with Asymptote. (Hours will come down to 4 to 8 hours a week, depending on which permanent role you’ve taken with us—some project-based positions may not even require a weekly commitment.)

Don't wait! Send in an application today!