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Due to the increasing number of requests we’ve received from emerging editors looking for opportunities to learn, in 2020 Underground will be trialing 6-month rotations of Junior Editors to help emerging editors gain experience. Every six months, two editors will be invited to join the editorial team to edit issues and produce content for our website.

Applications for the second period of 2020, from 1st September 2020 to 28th February 2021, are now closed.

The Role

Our editors all work on a volunteer basis. Based on our previous experience, the expected workload would amount to approximately 40 hours over the full six months. However, this will not necessarily be evenly spread and is likely to be most concentrated in the months prior to an issue release.
During the six-month period you are with us, we expect that you’ll attend at least two submission meetings and one admin meeting using Skype/Zoom. These meetings are usually conducted in the evening or occasionally on a weekend day.

Editing Issues

Junior Editors will read all submissions and participate in the feedback process with the Senior Editors for two issues during their six-month placement.
Each Junior Editor will work with an author to edit one piece per issue with guidance from a Senior Editor.

Content Production

The other role of our editors is to produce content that supports the local writing community in Australia broadly and West Australia specifically. Junior Editors will be asked to undertake one interview with an Australian author and one book review of an Australian debut novel during their placement.

The interview should be conducted in person, over the phone or via Skype/Zoom and typed up.
The book review should be of an Australian debut work and should conform to the Underground format of review. While a review should include your own opinion, it should also help other readers ascertain whether this is the right book for them.

Our Senior Editors will support you in preparing for the interviews and book reviews, and will also provide feedback and editorial support on your writing.

What we can give you

Current and former Underground Editors have used their experience at Underground to help them gain highly contested internships and further paid employment in the literary industry.

Specific skills you’ll engage with are:

  • Communication with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Copy editing and proofreading
  • Critical reading and assessment
  • Professional writing
  • Transcribing

We guarantee experience working with an author to edit accepted submissions as well as experience in interviewing and book reviewing. This will also be an opportunity for you to gain feedback on your own writing and to speak with our editors about your career.

What we’d like from you

We’re looking for enthusiastic writing and editing professionals looking to gain experience in the Australian literary scene. While we do not require that you are studying or have studied in this area, we would like to see some indication that you are looking to work in this sector.

We are particularly interested in supporting writers and editors from Indigenous backgrounds. We are also interested in working with those from other marginalised backgrounds, including but not limited to LGBTQIA+, disabled, and/or culturally and linguistically diverse people. If you are part of any of these groups and feel that there is something in the role that may be difficult for you, we urge you to still get in contact to discuss how we might be able to accommodate you.

We do not require any prior editing experience or publication experience.

How to apply

  • Write a brief cover letter, no more than a page, introducing yourself and explaining why you’d like to work with Underground, and include an up-to-date CV, no more than three pages.
  • Head to
  • In the Contact box select ‘Junior Editor Application’.
  • Fill out the form and attach your cover letter and CV.

As we are actively looking for editors from Indigenous, LGBTQIA+, disabled and CALD backgrounds, we would appreciate it if you can let us know in the message section if you identify as any of these. However, we do respect your privacy and understand if you would prefer not to disclose that information.

If you have any questions, you can use the same form to contact our editors and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Applications for the second period of 2020, from 1st September 2020 to 28th February 2021, are now closed. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission.


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