Volunteer Opportunities

Mud Season Review

Mud Season Review

View Issue #22 at www.mudseasonreview.com

Mud Season Review, the literary journal of the Burlington Writers Workshop, is looking to expand our team of volunteer staff members! As MSR continues into our third year, we are working to fulfill our goal to be both a high-quality, international literary journal and a place of learning and growth for the BWW community. To do this, we’re implementing a term limit system and opening up positions that provide more growth opportunities for our existing staff members and bring more BWW members onto the MSR team. Joining MSR is a great way to gain experience working as an editor as well as to get more involved in the BWW community of writers and editors.

Send inquiries along with relevant qualifications to Lauren Bender, editor-in-chief, at editor@mudseasonreview.com.

Here’s what we’re looking for across all positions:

  • A desire to work within a team environment in which the goal is to build up all members of the team while working together to create the highest quality journal possible. MSR is a learning environment, where those with more experience are encouraged to share it freely and openly for the benefit of the journal and its members and where everyone is encouraged to listen to and respect the perspectives of all members of the team in the spirit of the BWW’s motto that all writers and artists are on an unending journey toward perfecting our craft and deepening our human experience.
  • A desire to help forward MSR‘s mission to celebrate the labor of creativity, create a journal that mirrors the openness and supportive nature of the BWW’s workshops, and expand the MSR and BWW community by finding diverse perspectives and new voices beyond Vermont and welcoming those voices into our community while also helping to get them out into the world.
  • The ability to commit to the desired position for one year. All editing positions have a two-year maximum term limit, with the option to return after a year-long break. There is no time limit for involvement in the journal overall.

Here are the currently open positions and the responsibilities and desired qualifications for each: As noted, for many positions, previous experience is a plus but not essential. This is a learning environment and we are willing to work with highly motivated people looking to grow their skill sets.

Art Co-editor

Responsibilities: Work closely with MSR‘s managing editor of art and design, art co-editor, and editor-in-chief to:

  • Establish an overarching vision for how art can support and forward the journal’s overall mission
  • Find and recruit a diverse range of compelling, relevant artists to feature each month online and in the annual print issue
  • Build a stable of artists for potential illustrative pairings
  • Find and secure high-quality, relevant artwork to pair with the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry features for each monthly online issue
  • Send rejection and acceptance letters to submitters
  • Correspond and conduct interviews with monthly featured artist
  • Meet with art team periodically to share input and ideas
  • Attend MSR meetings and events

Desired qualifications/attributes: A passion for art and literature; a strong visual eye; an interest in discovering and building relationships with a diverse range of artists; an openness to art representing a broad range of aesthetics, mediums, subjects, and cultures; a degree or experience in an arts-related field (fine art, graphic design, arts education, art history, etc) a plus

Estimated time per week: 3-15 hours

Poetry reader

Responsibilities:

  • Read and evaluate poetry submissions
  • Attend MSR meetings and events

Qualifications: An interest in poetry and a passion for small literary publications

Estimated time per week: 2-5 hours

Fiction reader

Responsibilities:

  • Read and evaluate poetry submissions
  • Attend MSR meetings and events

Qualifications: An interest in fiction and a passion for small literary publications

Estimated time per week: 2-5 hours

Nonfiction reader

Responsibilities:

  • Read and evaluate nonfiction submissions
  • Attend MSR meetings and events

Qualifications: An interest in nonfiction and a passion for small literary publications

Estimated time per week: 2-5 hours

Events coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning and coordination of MSR print launch celebrations, literary panels, and author readings
  • Lead the coordination of MSR volunteers at area book festivals
  • Work with the PR & Marketing coordinator to promote MSR events

Desired qualifications/attributes: Excellent organizational and planning skills, excellent communication skills, and a passion for bringing creative events to the community

Estimated time per week: 2-5 hours