Vacancy: Assistant Editor

Role Outline

The Assistant Editor will support the Poetry Editor in bringing each issue of the magazine to publication. In addition to editorial tasks, the Assistant Editor will take the lead on a number of administrative duties, and will contribute to the magazine’s social media output alongside the Digital Editor. The Assistant Editor will be line-managed by the Poetry Editor. The role is offered on a freelance basis, initially for 1 year fixed-term with the possibility of extending subject to funding.

Candidates would ideally be based in London, but especially owing to present circumstance remote working will be acceptable

Freelance rate to be agreed according to experience.

The deadline for applications is June 30. Details about how to apply can be found below.

Starting date
The successful candidate will assume their duties in August 2021.

Key Responsibilities


  • Working with the Poetry Editor to read submissions to the magazine, which are mostly sent through Submittable, and engage in dialogue with the editorial team about poems chosen for publication. The role will also involve reading a share of our annual competition entries.
  • Copy-editing duties, including checking copy, reviews and features when required, in dialogue with contributors and Editors.
  • Liaising with colleagues and contributors to acquire additional editorial material, such as biographical notes, cover copy, and poets’ photos.
  • Working with the Digital Editor to ensure that artwork and copy from each issue are uploaded to the website.
  • Attending regular planning and editorial meetings.


  • Managing the relationship with the Obsidian Foundation, co-ordinating the places Poetry London currently offers for their scheme (two places, with more to be added).
  • Responsibility for marketing arrangements for the annual poetry competition, setting up reciprocal deals with other poetry/literary/arts organisations to use advertising and mail-out space in Poetry London’s mailing.
  • Supervising work placements and our two student placements, and coordinating suitable editorial tasks.
  • Representing the magazine at social and networking events.
  • Leading on the programming and delivery of virtual and in-person readings and events. 
  • Contributing to the development of our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Action plan and working with the team to achieve and monitor its outcomes.

Required Skills

  • Proven editorial judgement and literary skills.
  • Good familiarity with contemporary poetry in the UK and globally.
  • A good network of contacts among poets in the UK and globally.
  • Basic IT / social media skills.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • The ability to work flexibly within a team.

Desirable Skills

  • Related editorial experience.
  • An established reputation as a poet, with at least a first pamphlet already published or under contract.
  • Evidenced leadership and management skills.
  • Organisational management experience.

How To Apply

Poetry London welcomes applications from a diverse range of inspiring candidates from all backgrounds. We seek to ensure broad representation from all communities and actively encourage applications from under-represented groups, particularly people of colour and those from ethnically diverse communities as well as people who identify as working-class, disabled, LGBTQ+ and their intersections. The magazine is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all sections of the community, particularly those currently underrepresented in the publishing industry. Please complete the equal opportunities form and submit it along with your application. Completion of the form is optional, and all responses will be kept anonymous and in line with Poetry London’s privacy policy. We reserve the right to supplement the shortlist with invited candidates. 

Application is by CV along with a covering letter of no more than 1,000 words, outlining your experience and your creative vision, explaining why you would be well-suited to the role, outlining which strengths you would bring to the Poetry London team. Please also submit the names and contact details for two referees.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit by email to with the subject header ‘Assistant Editor Application’.

If you prefer, you may post your application to the following address:

Poetry London (Assistant Editor Application)
Goldsmiths, University of London 
New Cross 
SE14 6NW

We apologise that due to the anticipated volume of applicants we will not be able to contact you unless you have been shortlisted, so if you do not hear back from us by 30 June 2021 please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.