Assistant Editor – vacancy

Poetry London is one of the UK’s bestselling poetry magazines. Published three times a year in February, May and September, each issue contains new poetry, authoritative reviews and features. Poetry London holds an annual poetry competition and launches each issue with readings from distinguished poets published in the magazine.

Assistant Editor Job Description


The Assistant Editor will support the Poetry Editor and the Reviews Editor in bringing each issue of the magazine to publication. In addition to editorial tasks, the Assistant Editor will take the lead on working to increase subscriptions and sales, and will contribute to the social media output in close working with the Digital Manager. The Assistant Editor will be line-managed by both the Poetry Editor and Reviews Editor, and will work closely with the office team.

The role is freelance, and is offered in the first instance for 1 year fixed-term. The fee is £2,000 per issue of the magazine (3 issues per year).

Key Responsibilities


  • Working with the Poetry Editor to read submissions to the magazine and engage in dialogue about poems chosen for publication
  • Working with the Reviews Editor to manage review copies and soliciting publishers for copies of books and pamphlets when not sent
  • Checking reviews, features and poetry copy when required, in dialogue with contributors and Editors
  • Liaising with colleagues and contributors in acquiring supplementary editorial material, such as biographical notes, cover copy, and poets’ photos

Marketing and distribution

  • Selling advertising space in each issue of the magazine (normally two to three pages), whilst liaising with the Editors in relation to the magazine layout
  • Promoting engagement with and subscription to the magazine via social media
  • Distributing event details on Facebook, Twitter and other media as appropriate
  • Monitoring bookshop sales through Central Books reports with a view to increasing existing orders
  • Researching, developing and expanding relationships with retail outlets.
  • Increasing overseas sales and subscriptions
  • Responsibility for marketing arrangements for the annual poetry competition, setting up reciprocal deals with other poetry/literary organisations to use advertising and mail-out space in Poetry London’s mailing, and liaising with the Administrator to ensure appropriate distribution and deadlines are met
  • In liaison with the Digital Manager, generating regular and engaging content on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, showcasing Poetry London and increasing audience engagement
  • Working with the Digital Manager to ensure that artwork and copy from each issue are uploaded to the website
  • With the Digital Manager, taking lead role in subscription drive and retail sales


  • Supervising work placements and student volunteers, and coordinating suitable editorial tasks in liaison with the Editors
  • Liaising with the Digital Manager to ensure editorial content appears on the website
  • Attendance and taking the minutes of planning and trustee meetings and other meetings as required
  • Representing the magazine at social and networking events
  • Helping organise readings at King’s Place or other venues
  • Participating in the management of the annual Poetry London Competition, including sifting entries and prizegiving
  • To contribute to the development of our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Action plan and commit to achieving its outcomes

Person Specification

  • Proven editorial experience
  • Thorough familiarity with contemporary poetry in the UK and elsewhere
  • Varied contacts among poets in the UK and elsewhere
  • Excellent editorial and literary skills, including a precise eye for detail and a confident prose style
  • Sound IT skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • The ability to work flexibly within a team

How to apply

1. Please send cover letter and CV to by 5 March 2019

2. Please complete the equal opportunities form (this will not be linked to your application, but will help us to implement and monitor our equal opportunities policy).