Want to be part of a creative, motivated group of people and play an active role in shaping Berlin’s growing English literary scene?

We are an all-volunteer team driven by our passion for literature and art. 

OPEN POSITIONS

We are recruiting for a number of open positions at the moment. 

We are looking for:

Distribution & Funding Coordinator, 
Event Coordinator, 
Poetry Editor, 
Social Media Coordinator

Please see the job descriptions and application details below.

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Distribution & Funding Coordinator
 

SAND is searching for someone to join our collaborative team as our Distribution & Funding Coordinator, coordinating current and future distribution and funding opportunities to get our journal out into the world and help keep us financially sustainable. Applications due by September 22nd.

Are you interested in arts administration or management? Would you like an opportunity to help bring a successful 10-year-old literary project to the next level? Join the collaborative SAND team as our Readership & Funding Administrator.

Over the past 10 years and 19 issues, SAND has grown from a small publishing project within Berlin’s English-language literary community into a nonprofit with contributors and readers in many countries around the world. We now have professional distributors in two countries, with more opportunities on the horizon, and are looking for ways to make our volunteer-run organization into more than a hobby.

This transition will require lots of creativity, strategy, and paperwork. We are looking for someone who is passionate about the practical side of organizing arts projects, enjoys a well-structured spreadsheet, and can think ahead and scout out new possibilities – but also pursue some of the many leads we already have. This involves working with current and future distributors, finding possible sponsorships and fundraising opportunities, and possibly some grant writing. Ultimately, you will shape what the role looks like based on your own skills and interests.

Like all our roles at SAND, this is currently a volunteer position but, depending on future funding opportunities may include modest pay. Your own efforts will play an important part in this. Either way, this would be an excellent stepping stone to a managerial position in various aspects of arts management and administration.

 You should have most of the following:

  • Fluent English
  • German, including reading knowledge, is a big plus but not essential
  • Excellent email etiquette and experience with business correspondence
  • A head for numbers and spreadsheet skills
  • An appreciation for writing and literature
  • A strong work ethic and organizational skills
  • Ideas about funding opportunities and how arts projects survive financially
  • Confidence when leading conversations around the topic of money
  • A basic knowledge of invoicing processes
  • An interest in growing SAND’s local and global community
     

Tasks will include:

  • Coordinating with our regional and online distribution channels (including our own website editor), keeping track of accounts, and coming up with sales promotions/opportunities
  • Keeping in touch with our independent (non-distributed) stockists in Berlin and around Europe
  • Taking care of the reporting/follow-up requirements for existing grants and sponsorships
  • Researching new sales and distribution opportunities
  • Researching possible grants and sponsorships
  • Tracking our income and expenses and coordinating new fundraising options
     

What’s in it for you?

  • The opportunity to help shape the future of a growing literary organization
  • Useful, applicable experience for your next job in arts management or administration
  • A valuable experience collaborating with a great team of people to produce a beautiful journal
  • The opportunity to partake in all SAND editorial meetings and provide input on the coming issue

 

As with all SAND positions, this position itself is unpaid, though it may help connect you with paid opportunities in the future. The weekly time commitment is approximately 4 hours depending on your workflow. 

To apply, please send an email with subject line: Distribution & Funding Coordinator job application. Please include your CV and cover letter as attachments in PDF format to jobapplications@sandjournal.com. All applications are due by September 22nd.

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Events Coordinator

SAND is searching for a new Event Coordinator to join our collaborative two-person events team and assist with events and tasks from concept to implementation – namely our twice-annual launch party plus other events throughout the year. Applications due by September 22nd.

Want to be part of a creative, motivated group of people and play an active role in shaping Berlin’s growing English literary scene? Join the SAND team as one of our Event Coordinators. We're looking for a people person who has their finger on the pulse of Berlin’s social scene and can think fast on their feet – someone exceptionally organized, committed, reliable, and preferably with some weekday availability. Our two-person events team oversees ongoing SAND events and is constantly on the lookout for new event opportunities. Over the years, past events have included workshops, readings, competitions, discussions, immersive theatre, and other interdisciplinary collaborations. There is  a lot of room for creative freedom.

 You should have most of the following:

  • Fluent English and conversational German
  • Some familiarity with event supplies and logistics
  • A knack for making events work financially (our events raise money to cover our magazine’s costs)
  • A talent for creating a fun and lively atmosphere at events
  • An understanding of social media
  • An appreciation for writing and literature
  • Enthusiasm and inspiration about new event ideas and collaborations
  • A basic knowledge of Berlin venues, events, and its cultural scene
     

Tasks will include:

  • Organizing two launch parties and 3-4 other smaller events per year together with your Event Coordinator partner
  • Booking event spaces and performing artists
  • Onsite main point of contact for all organizational aspects of each event
  • Working alongside our Communication & Outreach team while overseeing and conducting event promotion
  • Assisting in the development of new and existing event concepts and collaborations
  • Developing and monitoring event budgets
  • Attending monthly team meetings at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of the month
     

What’s in it for you?

  • A valuable experience collaborating with a great team of people to produce a beautiful journal
  • The opportunity to use SAND’s resources, such as its network and community, to carry out your own event ideas in alignment with SAND’s mission
  • A lot of creative freedom and the ability to mould the SAND event program in the long-term
  • The opportunity to partake in all SAND editorial meetings and play an integral role in shaping the upcoming issue

 

As with all SAND positions, this position itself is currently unpaid, though we are pursuing funding opportunities and it may help connect you with other paid opportunities in the future. The weekly time commitment is approximately 4 hours depending on your workflow. 

To apply, please send an email with subject line: Event Coordinator job application and your CV and cover letter as attachments in PDF format to jobapplications@sandjournal.com. All applications are due by September 22nd.

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Poetry Editor

SAND is searching for a new poetry editor to join our collaborative poetry editorial team. Want to be part of a creative, motivated group of people and play an active role in shaping Berlin’s growing English literary scene? Join the SAND team as one of our two poetry editors. Our democratic approach to SAND’s poetry team involves our two poetry editors collaborating to share the work of reading poetry submissions, choosing a shortlist, reading and discussing the shortlists in the other genres, making final selections, and working closely with authors, the editorial coordinator, and our issue designer to organize the final versions that appear in the journal. We’re looking for someone with strong editing and writing skills who is based in Berlin and is familiar with SAND, is passionate about poetry and literary magazines, has good taste, has strong opinions along with a cooperative spirit, and has an open mind. Applications due by September 22nd.

You should have most of the following:

  • Living in Berlin for the longer term
  • Native-level English
  • Some experience in writing, translating, and/or editing poetry, either freelance or at a publication
  • A vision for what you like about poetry, what you want to see more of, but also an openness to enjoy work that is fresh and surprising
  • Knowledge of English style, spelling, grammar, and usage – our poetry usually goes through some editing before publication
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, which will be critical for working with fellow editors and for working with authors, especially when editing poems
     

Tasks will include:

  • Reading poetry submissions, currently around 700 per twice-annual issue, to be shared amongst the two poetry editors and possibly additional readers
  • Working with our other poetry editor to prepare a shortlist of the top contenders
  • Working directly with authors on editing individual pieces
  • Corresponding with our other poetry editor, the editorial coordinator, and the designer about editing and proofreading questions
  • Reading and discussing the shortlists for fiction, nonfiction, and visual art with the other editors
  • Contributing as needed to other tasks related to running the journal, e.g. writing or editing website articles, attending book fairs, helping with readings at launch parties, etc.
  • Attending monthly team meetings at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of the month, and two additional editorial meetings per issue

 

As with all SAND positions, this position itself is unpaid, though it may help connect you with paid opportunities in the future. The time commitment is very seasonal, with two “crunch times” in January–March and July–September. During the rest of the year, you will, of course, participate in the life of the journal, but the workload will be much lower. Your reward is priceless experience collaborating with a great team of people to produce a beautiful journal.

To apply, please put together an application packet containing the items listed below. Include your application packet as a single PDF file in an email to jobapplications@sandjournal.com with the subject: Poetry Editor job application. We receive many applications for our editorial positions, and, before meeting applicants, the best way for us to know that they are sincere is to assess the seriousness with which they approach the application process. Therefore, we kindly ask that only complete application packets be sent with all of the following:

  • Your CV
  • Your cover letter
  • A list of five poets that inspire your own writing or editing, in general
  • A list of at least five literary journals (print or digital) that you respect (and hopefully read)
  • Five poems you’ve enjoyed recently.
     

Send us the full text of these poems, either scanned from printed books or saved down from online journals. Include these as a part of the single application packet PDF to jobapplications@sandjournal.com. 

All applications are due by September 22nd.

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Social Media Coordinator

SAND is searching for a new Social Media Editor to join our collaborative team and create and implement SAND’s social media strategy, working closely with our events, website, editorial and outreach teams. You will manage our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), posting regularly and corresponding with SAND’s contacts around the world. Your main focus will be promoting our journal and our events, spreading our call for submissions (including working on targeted outreach to underrepresented groups, in collaboration with our editors), and curating interesting, relevant social media content for the ever-growing SAND community. Applications due by September 22nd.

Want to be part of a creative, motivated group of people and play an active role in shaping Berlin’s growing English literary scene? Join the SAND team as our Social Media Coordinator. We're looking for someone who has a passion for social media and storytelling, an understanding of the literary scene, and a knack for creating content that speaks to our global readership.

 You should have most of the following:

  • Native-level English
  • Experience with social media platforms (specifically Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
  • Knowledge of social media analytics and management tools
  • A talent for creating interesting, exciting and engaging content (text, photo, video)
  • An interest in growing SAND’s local and global community
  • An appreciation for writing and literature
  • A strong work ethic and organizational skills

 

Tasks will include:

  • Creating a weekly social media schedule
  • Engaging with other social media content via our account and responding to occasional PMs/DMs
  • Creating content for all social media platforms
  • Growing SAND’s online community
  • Pushing digital communication surrounding launch events and reaching out for support in promotion
  • Collaborating with our outreach, website, events, and editorial teams to promote original SAND-related content, our events, and our contributors
  • Providing updates on social media analytics and news at each monthly team meeting, which is at 7:30pm on the first Thursday of the month

 

What’s in it for you?

  • A valuable experience collaborating with a great team of people to produce a beautiful journal
  • A lot of creative freedom and the ability to experiment with campaign ideas and different types of content
  • The opportunity to partake in all SAND editorial meetings and play an integral role in shaping the upcoming issue

As with all SAND positions, this position itself is currently unpaid, though we are pursuing funding opportunities and it may help connect you with other paid opportunities in the future. The weekly time commitment is approximately 4 hours depending on your workflow. 

To apply, please send an email with subject line: Social Media Coordinator job application. Please include your CV, your cover letter and samples of previous social media accounts/campaigns as attachments in PDF format to jobapplications@sandjournal.com. All applications are due by September 22nd.

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We accept speculative applications to join the team in another role, which you can send to simone@sandjournal.com. (Please keep in mind that we are all volunteers – this isn't our livelihood – and we all live in Berlin.)

We are also very interested in pitches for guest posts on this website, which you can send to sarah@sandjournal.com. We’re eager to post interviews, thought pieces, journals,  articles, creative responses, or other formats relevant to literature and art, transnational publishing, diversity in writing and the arts, creative communities, and/or Berlin. We do not publish book reviews on our website. Please note that unfortunately, this website – like the journal – is a labor of love, and writing for it is not a paid opportunity. We always welcome suggestions about sources of funding for projects like ours.