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Editor, Ecotone/ Lookout Books
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC
Date Posted
Vacancy #13F003
Position #1399

The University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for a full-time Editor of Ecotone/Reimagining Place and Lookout Books, an award-winning teaching press, at the rank of lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing on a continuing 12-month appointment, beginning July 1, 2013.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a nationally recognized department that offers both a BFA and an MFA, as well as a Certificate in Publishing. Each semester, the successful candidate will teach a course in literary magazine editing associated with the journal Ecotone, as well as another course in the editing/publishing curriculum for either undergraduates or graduate students.

In addition, he or she will take on the following duties for Ecotone:

- Oversee the selection of prose, poetry, and art to be published in the journal.
- Manage all aspects of production and distribution, including budget.
- Supervise the graduate student managing editor and any other interns or graduate assistants associated with the journal.
- Cooperate with the Editor in Chief in planning the overall direction of the journal.

For Lookout Books, under the supervision of the Director of The Publishing Laboratory:

- Read submissions, recommend manuscripts from the pool of writers published in Ecotone, and edit books for Lookout, an award-winning literary imprint that seeks work by emerging and historically underrepresented voices, as well as overlooked gems by established writers.
- Developmentally edit, copyedit, and proof read manuscripts.
- Maintain production schedules and troubleshoot schedule challenges.
- Supervise student editorial interns.
- Assist in creating and disseminating of marketing materials.
- Work collaboratively with the design and production teams.


- An appropriate terminal degree (usually MFA or Ph.D.) or equivalent professional achievement.
- Commitment to the teaching press/ literary journal environment, including successful experience in mentorship.
- Demonstrated success in supervising staff and students in a collegial fashion.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching the art and craft of editing and/or related courses.
- At least three years of successful experience as a literary editor.
- A track record of making sound editorial style decisions in order to maintain Lookout Books' high editorial standards.
- Strong grammar skills, proofreading and copyediting experience, and extensive knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Outstanding multi-tasking, organizational, and communication skills, and experience in working to deadlines.
- Project management abilities, both working independently and in a team environment, and a proven ability to juggle simultaneous priorities.
- Familiarity with page layout and typesetting.
- A willingness to participate in all aspects of the community of writers and the life of the college and university, including departmental committees.
- The ability to work independently and take initiative as necessary.

Salary is competitive and includes benefits. For more information about the Department of Creative Writing, see

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the web at A letter of application detailing professional experience, publications, and pedagogical philosophy, complete curriculum vita, and contact information (including e-mail address) for three current professional references should be addressed to the Search Committee Chair and attached to the online application, not e-mailed, mailed or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required. In addition, please have three references upload their letters of recommendation; if they prefer, they may send hard copies to Sarah Messer, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403, Priority consideration will be given to applications received by December 3, 2012, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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