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Role: Guest Black Bough Reader (sub-editorial duties)


Job spec:

  • Read through poems designated by editor as 'borderline' and advise editor (be a 'second pair of eyes').

  • Suggest potential changes/ edits to poems that are sent by the editor, where applicable.

  • Be able to respond to e-mails during an issue period period from the editor, usually within 24 hrs  and to be able to be responsive given the volume of submissions and deadline.

  • Feedback to editor on design, structure and also proof-read.

  • Promote Black Bough on different platforms,  but mainly Twitter, and be an excellent representative.

  • Have the flexibility to take on any extra tasks.

Personal qualities

  • To be very committed for the duration period of the Issue.

  • To be an excellent representative of Black Bough​.

  • To adhere to confidentiality on submissions and to be highly discrete.

  • Excellent conduct , including on social media.

  • To be highly constructive, creative, a great team worker, a proficient e-mailer.

Role is flexible and likely to take up to 4 - 6 hrs a week of work during and after the submission period.


What's on offer


  • Experience of a Reader role on a growing digital publication.

  • Promotion of you and your work.

  • Experience of collaborating on a project with a tight deadline.

  • Taking on a key role in a collaborative, positive digital environment.

Unfortunately, there is no financial payment for this role as Black Bough is a free resource and receives no income.

Please send a cover statement, explaining why you are ideal for the role and what experience you have. Please e-mail

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