CHIEF EDITOR, Cider Press Review
Cider Press Review, a poetry quarterly of twenty-one years’ standing, is seeking a new chief editor for its poetry journal, its two annual book award contests (the Cider Press Review Book Award, fall, and the Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, spring), its website, and its ongoing project of digitizing the journal’s back issues.
Founding editor Caron Andregg will continue as publisher and typesetter for the journal and the books, and interim managing editor Catherine Carter will continue to provide copy-editing for book manuscripts as needed. They seek a new editor to begin reading for the journal in January 2021, and to begin as chief editor for the journal, the website, and the annual book awards, under Caron Andregg’s guidance, in April 2021.
Cider Press Review has a rich history as a poetry journal and a virtual company dating to a decade before virtual companies were common. Long before Submittable, it was among the first journals to accept submissions online. CPR receives more than five hundred submissions a year for the journal and several hundred manuscript submissions for the annual Book Award and Editors’ Prize contests. It produces beautiful, high-quality books from contests judged by poets with national reputations.
CPR has always been a private business unaffiliated with any academic institution. The journal’s expenses are currently supported by revenues generated from the book contests; this is possible because the staff is all volunteer.
This opportunity offers the benefits of stepping into CPR’s established subscriber and publication infrastructure, rather than the long labor of creating such infrastructure afresh for a new journal. The ideal chief editor would combine
- a commitment to excellence in poetic craft..
- …with experience establishing cordial relations with a wide range of authors without sacrificing the press’ own requirements…
- …and experience handling book orders from authors and bookstores…
- …and the work ethic necessary to coordinate a small group of readers (and recruit others) to peer-review near-constant submissions for the journal and the book awards.
To manage this workload, the journal might also benefit from also seeking a reviews editor, a book editor, and a social media editor. The outgoing editors encourage candidates to consider whether they might be able to bring such staff members on board.
To express interest, please contact chief-editor[at]ciderpressreview.com with a resume or CV and a letter of interest.
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