Staff Application

The Fantasist is looking for staff readers to add to our team. While we would love to pay actually money, we can only compensate you in experience, sincere appreciation, and lovingly crafted references. Work can be done entirely online, and the hours are almost infinitely flexible, but it will help immensely to have some availability late at night or very early in the morning, as the chief editors keep very late hours.

Major responsibilities include:
• Reading submitted novellas
• Evaluating novellas for quality and goodness-of-fit with The Fantasist’s goals and aesthetic.
• Discussing the submissions with the chief editors and helping curate each issue.

Additional possible responsibilities depending on your willingness and skill set:
• Proofreading or light edits on accepted work.
• Page-building and/or page proofing.
• Helping Evan keep the Tumblr page active and interesting.
• What have you got? If you have some other skill or interest you’d like to contribute to The Fantasist, we’d love to hear about it.

Please send your application as a word document or in the body-text of an email to with the subject line Staff Application.

In your email, please answer the questions below. You may copy-paste the questions and put the answers below them, create a bulleted list, or put your answers together in paragraphs, whatever works best for you. An additional cover-letter is permitted but by no means necessary. We do require a resume or CV. Please try not to agonize over this, and take as much or as little space as you need to answer the questions. We care way more about engaged readership than about your ability to translate messy human experience into appealing business speak. (You will however, be graded on spelling and grammar).

1. What is your name?

2. What (if any) experience do you have as a writer?

3. Any publications?

4. What (if any) experience in publishing do you have?

5. What are your 3-10 favorite books and/or authors?

6. When looking for things to read, what do you look for? How do you choose?

7. What will make you decide not to pick up a book? What will make you stop reading one that you’ve started?

8. Factoring in your availability, your reading speed, and any other relevant factors, about how many 30,000ish word manuscripts can you read and give opinions on in a month?

9. Do you have access to Google Hangouts chat? If not, what are the best ways to reach you?

10. (Optional) Do you have any marginalized statuses you’re comfortable disclosing?

11. (Optional) Anything else you think we should know about you?