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Department of Writing Internships

First established in 2004, The Malahat Review’s Department of Writing Internship program provides students with a seat at the table where decisions about what is published in the magazine are made. Students enrolled in Writing are invited to serve on one of Malahat’s three editorial boards for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

How to become an intern?

There is no application process.

Interns are appointed at the start of the academic year in September, based on recommendations from the Department of Writing. Faculty members propose undergraduate (usually in third or fourth year) and graduate students whom they feel will benefit most from the experience of working at The Malahat Review. Once they are appointed, interns may potentially hold their positions until they graduate.

Primary duties

  • Participate in the screening and evaluation of submissions
  • Attend editorial-board meetings for their genre
  • Participate in the selection of content for each issue
  • Screen entries to Malahat’s contests that fall in their board’s genre

Performance expectations

  • Interns are asked to be the “first readers” for the majority of the unsolicited submissions received via Submittable and through regular mail (though the latter method of submitting is to be phased out gradually by the fall of 2015).
  • Interns are asked to return all print submissions they have read to the Malahat office in a timely manner, ideally within two weeks
  • Interns are asked to provide comments on all submissions they pass onto the
  • other members of their genre board
  • Interns are expected to participate in the discussion of the submissions screened in for discussion at editorial board meetings
  • Interns are expected to make a case for those submissions they feel should be published
  • Interns are expected to process all submissions they have screened out of consideration in a timely and respectful manner, following The Malahat Review’s rejections policy and procedures
  • Interns are asked to help prevent a backlog of unread submissions from growing

Optional duties

  • Mentoring the development of a potential contributor’s work
  • Writing entries about back issues for Malahat’s “Our Back Pages” web-catalogue
  • Writing articles for Malahat’s monthly e-newsletter, Malahat lite
  • Interviewing contest winners (and others) for Malahat lite and/or the Malahat website
  • Volunteering at Malahat’s spring symposium, WordsThaw
  • Volunteering at Malahat’s two annual seminars
  • Proofing Malahat’s quarterly issues
  • Proposing a task the intern is passionate about (the editor will decide if it needs doing)

What are the benefits?

  • An inside view of the workings of an iconic Canadian literary magazine
  • Getting to know and work with Malahat’s staff, board members, and contributors
  • Sitting on one of the Malahat’s three editorial boards
  • Being listed as an intern on the Malahat’s masthead and website
  • The opportunity to read and evaluate unpublished writing by Canada’s emerging and established writers
  • Receipt of a complimentary Malahat subscription for the duration of their internship
  • Receipt of Malahat’s email-alerts to hear the latest Malahat news first
  • Receipt of Malahat lite every month by email
  • Free entry to all of the Malahat’s ticketed events
  • The receipt of a small honorarium in recognition of their valued volunteerism; this honorarium, which all editorial-board members receive, is issued in the spring.

The Malahat Review’s commitment to its interns

  • Each internship will be an enriching learning experience
  • Each internship is a complement to academic study
  • The requirements of a successful university career are to be met first
  • Interns may resign if they find that their duties are interfering with their studies

End-of-year evaluation

In late March or early April, The Malahat Review’s editor will meet with interns separately so they may together evaluate the interns’ experience as well as discuss their role with the magazine in the next academic year.