Editor Mentoring Scheme

ignitionpress, winner of the 2021 Michael Marks Publishers’ Award, is establishing a six-month scheme that enables one UK-based emerging editor to develop their skills as part of a thriving small poetry pamphlet press.

The scheme is designed to be an introductory, hands-on experience of editing and the process of small-scale poetry pamphlet publishing. The mentee will develop the knowledge and confidence that will enable them to progress towards the next stage of their career.

About the scheme

The scheme will run over six months from October 2022 to March 2023, and will provide:

  • an overview of poetry pamphlet publishing
  • involvement in the editing process for a full cycle of pamphlet production
  • experience of the day-to-day working of ignitionpress within the setting of Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre’s activities and academic environment.

Mentoring in these areas will be given by existing members of the Editorial Board on a one-to-one basis. We are planning for these one-to-one activities to take place remotely, with, depending on the mentee’s location, occasional face-to-face attendance at full Editorial Board meetings, and one or more online or in-person launches of the pamphlets should Covid-19 restrictions allow.

The mentee will receive a bursary of £2,000 (payable in instalments) to support their involvement in the scheme, including any travel costs, and will need to be responsible for their own tax status.

Eligibility

You must be a UK-based emerging editor (in terms of career stage, not age). There is no upper age limit but the mentee should be over 18. Please see our terms and conditions below for details of what we mean by 'UK-based'.

We are looking for someone who has a committed interest in poetry and has read widely in contemporary poetry. They may have published reviews or articles about poetry, or published poetry themselves.

We actively encourage applications from people who identify as being from groups previously underrepresented in poetry pamphlet publishing. By 'underrepresented', we mean someone who identifies as being part of one of the following groups:

  • black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
  • carers
  • disabled
  • LGBTQ+
  • low income/working class backgrounds
  • people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • refugees.

Dates

  • 17 June 2022: the Editor Mentoring scheme opens for applications
  • 8 August 2022: submission deadline. Submissions will be reviewed by the ignitionpress Editorial Board and the selection made by September
  • September 2022: interviews
  • October 2022: mentorship begins with introduction and shadowing of selection process for the next set of ignitionpress pamphlets
  • February / March 2023: publication and launch/es of the next set of ignitionpress pamphlets.

Commitment

The mentee is expected to:

  • join the Editorial Board and positively contribute to the day-to-day activities of ignitionpress for the duration of the mentorship
  • submit a short evaluation report on completion of the scheme.

We would expect the mentee to spend approximately 100 hours on the mentorship over the six months, which equates to around 16.5 hours per month or just over four hours per week. It is difficult to quantify this exactly, since some weeks (such as those leading up to publication and the pamphlet launch/es) will require more time commitment than others.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form by the end of 8 August.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact us at poetrycentre@brookes.ac.uk

About ignitionpress and Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre

The Poetry Centre, which is based within the School of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University, was launched in 1998, and acts as a base for the extensive teaching and research being done into poetry in the School. The Centre runs an annual International Poetry Competition with Open and English as an Additional Language categories and hosts an exciting annual programme of events, which include conferences and research seminars, workshops, exhibitions, poetry readings, and community projects.

In 2017, the Poetry Centre established ignitionpress, a poetry pamphlet press with an international outlook which publishes original, arresting poetry from emerging poets.

Pamphlets published by the press have so far received four Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice selections (for A Hurry of English, Hinge, Ripe, and Sargam / Swargam). Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed was also shortlisted for the Michael Marks Poetry Award, 2020 and the press won the Michael Marks Publishers' Award in 2021.

You can find out more about the press and how we work in this interview on the Friday Poem website with our Managing Editor, Les Robinson, or watch this short video that we produced for the Michael Marks Awards, 2021.

Terms and conditions

  1. The closing date for the submission of applications is midnight on 8 August 2022 and must be made via Google Form submission only. Applications that are received after the deadline will not be considered, neither will any incomplete applications.
  2. Applications will be considered by a panel of members of the ignitionpress Editorial Board.
  3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to online interview in September 2022.
  4. ignitionpress cannot enter into correspondence or give feedback on individual applications unless a candidate is shortlisted for interview. Interviewees will be given feedback if they request it.
  5. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail no more than two days after the interview.
  6. The internship will take place between October 2022 to March 2023.
  7. If required, applicants must be willing to travel and work in our office in Oxford, and undertake some travel to events or meetings.
  8. We expect there to be several in-person meetings during the course of the mentoring (including the pamphlet launch/es), so for this reason the mentee might be UK-based. However, if the mentee were based elsewhere and willing to travel at their own expense (or to use the bursary to facilitate travel), this would be perfectly acceptable.
  9. The mentee must have permission to work in the UK in order to be eligible to receive the bursary.
  10. Please note that the Oxford Brookes campus is a fully accessible environment.
  11. Unless otherwise agreed, the payment of £2,000 will be paid in two instalments.
  12. In the case of unforeseen circumstances or events beyond our control, we reserve the right to change, alter or suspend the scheme.
  13. Any personal information or data will only be used in connection with the applications for the scheme, and once an applicant is successfully recruited, all personal data and information will be disposed of securely and will not be retained.
  14. In applying for the ignitionpress Editor Mentoring scheme, applicants agree to accept and abide by these terms and conditions.

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