ANNOUNCING OUR MID-YEAR RECRUITMENT DRIVEDeadline: 18 June 2018
Old maps often feature cherubs blowing gusts of wind, baroque allegorical figures—or sea monsters lurking in unknown waters. But for the reader of world literature, there are no known lands, for even the familiar deserves to be explored with fresh eyes—including sea monsters! Now you too can join Asymptote’s intrepid explorers: just apply before Monday, June 18th!
Among a growing number of journals with a focus on translation, Asymptote has distinguished itself with the diversity, the generosity, and the freshness of our offerings (we're also the first magazine to win the London Book Fair Award for International Literary Translation Initiative!). This is made possible by a team comprising close to one hundred 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 at The Wylie Agency, David Godine, Penguin Books, Dalkey Archive, and Words Without Borders.
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.
“I was drawn to Asymptote by its mission, which is powerful in the manner of a great scientific theory or math proof: startlingly simple yet wide-reaching—and quintessentially of our time. Facilitating conversations between cultures not only creates a more vital literature but also affirms a belief in shared humanity and value."
—Dolan Morgan, former Assistant Managing Editor
Assistant Blog Editor
Like the quarterly journal, the Asymptote blog is devoted to publishing creative and critical pieces related to world literature, culture, and translation. Updated daily, it provides a space for a variety of content—creative works to critical pieces. The assistant blog editor will work under our blog editor to curate (and proofread) blog content of high quality, including essays, dispatches from literary events, interviews, book reviews, weekly new translations of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama, and more. Applicants should attach a writing sample with their letters of application and CV. Promotion to blog editor is possible after six months.
We're looking to take on Assistant Editors with at least two years' editorial experience under their belts to help with a slew of varied but vital tasks. These include sustaining our research efforts into literary scenes for which we currently have no Editors-at-Large, slushpile reading, proofreading, researching content for the journal, blog, and social media, and forging bookstore and journal partnerships. Applicants should include a writing sample with their letters of application and CV.
We recently added new editors-at-large for Brazil, Guatemala, Hong Kong, and Nigeria. We'd like to extend our network even more to ensure a constant stream of quality content from underrepresented languages and regions. We welcome applicants from other parts of the world, especially but not limited to: Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Editors-at-large also help to promote our journal locally, explore partnerships with local journals and even organize events (though the last is not a necessary requirement).
Management and Operations
Assistant Managing Editor (Issue Production)
The Assistant Managing Editor will help the Editor-in-Chief oversee Asymptote’s issue productions. Apart from being passionate as well as knowledgeable about world literature, candidates must be responsive, detail-oriented, and have some experience in HR and project management.
Assistant Managing Editor HR
Skilled at motivating a team and assessing people’s strengths and weaknesses? Have at least two years’ experience in HR, plus experience working with a digital team? We’re looking for an HR Manager with the finesse to handle a quickly growing team scattered across different continents and time zones, who can offer sound insight into how our staff is performing as well as weigh in on candidates we are considering taking on.
The Executive Assistant assists the Editor-in-Chief, thus helping him (and Asymptote by extension) to become more productive. The Executive Assistant may be tasked with uploading the magazine's content, preparing communications, maintaining staff dossiers, compiling webstats, and other miscellaneous tasks. Candidates should be detail-oriented, and good at organizing.
Copy Editors should possess the keenest eye for catching errors and the ability to work scrupulously in the run-up to each issue to ensure that we deliver a flawless issue to our readers.
Design and Multimedia
Crucial to maintaining our aesthetically particular brand image, good Graphic Designers are always in high demand at Asymptote! Designers are needed to cover the graphic needs of our many platforms (ranging from print to online). Please submit a portfolio along with your application.
To commemorate our seventh 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.
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.
Marketing, Communications and Social Media
Our Marketing Manager should be someone familiar with advertising and have considerable knowledge of worldwide literary platforms, bookstores, and other institutions with which Asymptote can form partnerships. In addition to planning publicity campaigns, the Marketing Manager also helps us to expand our Book Club.
We're looking for a third Communications Manager to help with communications on Social Media, the Blog, and in our Newsletter. This Communications Manager will help to generate 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.
Director of Outreach
The Director of Outreach leads Asymptote’s Outreach Team (which comprises of Social Media Managers, Communications Managers, and Marketing Managers), and is responsible for developing our social media platforms, overseeing HR and training for our Social Media Managers, and safeguarding our brand. We’re looking for candidates who excel at strategy, analysis, and leadership.
Social Media Manager (English)
Social Media Managers are responsible for Asymptote's online presence—not just in terms of promoting the journal's content but transforming our social media platforms into hubs for news and discussion about world literature. Applicants should be versatile, savvy with digital content, and have experience in publicity. If you have experience with Instagram or Pinterest, we'd love to hear from you especially.
Social Media Manager (French)
Same as above, but in French. If you have relevant social media experience and native French ability, and are willing to help us to develop our Asymptote en français Facebook page, we'd love to hear from you!
Social Media Manager (Spanish)
Same as above, but in Spanish. For the short term, we are keen on developing our Asymptote en espanol Facebook page, in order to reach even more readers from the Spanish-speaking world.
We seek a business developer (ideally with some experience in Internet-related publishing) to help conceive and launch sustainablity projects.
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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 (as a Word doc or in the body of the email please!) explaining why you'd like to join our team and a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 6 to 10 hours a week, depending on which permanent role you’ve taken with us—some project-based positions may not even require a weekly commitment.)
If you want to be part of the movement to usher in a more inclusive world literature, send in an application today!