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Join the West Trade Team:  Current Available Positions
West Trade Review is a nonprofit literary journal based in Charlotte, NC, and is dedicated to supporting the literary and arts community.  All staff are volunteers.

We have two regular reading periods (April 1-August 1 & August 15-December 15) and sponsor one fiction contest period (January 15-March 15) and one poetry contest period (April 15-May 31).  We publish three quarterly online editions (summer, fall, winter) and one large print edition each spring (approx. 225 pages).

Our mission is to perpetuate the work of artists both well known and yet-to-be-known, simultaneously enriching our world through the written word and visual arts. We strive to reflect diversity in style, content and perspective throughout prose, poetry, photography and other artwork.

Our focus is to simply present to you the best art possible by both emerging and established creative minds.

We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seek to publish underrepresented voices of all types (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, cis and trans women, gender non-conforming, agender, non-binary, genderqueer, those who are two-spirit, people with disabilities).  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply for any open position.

Send a cover letter and resume to Ken Harmon at [email protected].  Please place position title in email subject header.

Work for all positions is completed remotely (Submittable, Slack, Trello, and Zoom).  Training provided if needed (in some cases). 


​We prefer an individual with an educational and/or professional background in literature, creative writing, and/or editing and publishing.  Master's degree preferred as well as experience writing book reviews.  

Candidates for the position should possess excellent organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills; and a proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.

The position requires the candidate to work closely with the Editor-in-Chief to choose texts for review and establish a monthly reviews calendar and to communicate with publishers to request reviews copies of texts and follow up at the end of the review process to verify quotes.  

Position also requires candidate to work closely with writers to assign texts, distribute reviews copies, and to work closely with writers on editing and improving review drafts before sending these to the Editor-in-Chief.

In general candidate should:

​- be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and capable of meeting deadlines

- possess the ability to clearly express oneself in writing and possess the ability to effectively edit the writing of others

- have approximately 2 hours per week to devote to editing tasks and approximately 5-6 hours per quarter preparing book lists, assigning reviews, updating reviews schedule, etc.


Readers must have a background in literature and/or creative writing and possess a passion for fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.The fiction team meets on Zoom biweekly for one hour to discuss promising work. The poetry and nonfiction teams currently only meet as needed.

- to be self-motivated and capable of meeting deadlines

- possess the ability to clearly express oneself in writing

- have 5-10 hours per week to devote (the end of a reading period is the busiest time)

The fiction team meets on Zoom biweekly for one hour to discuss promising work.  The poetry and nonfiction teams currently only meet as needed.


Members of this team need the following skills:

- to be self-motivated and capable of meeting deadlines
- to understand the function of social media as tool for communicating with a specialized audience (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook).
​- possess the ability to clearly express oneself in writing
​- have approximately 2-3 hours per week to devote 

The social media and communications team meets on Zoom biweekly for approximately an hour to discuss current and upcoming projects. 

Members of this team develop ideas for promotions and write weekly social media content for Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Team members also often work on the monthly newsletter using the Mailchimp software.  Knowledge of Mailchimp program as well as Adobe Express, Adobe Audition, or Trello preferred, but not required.  Will train.

​Internships (unpaid, remote):

Note:  This is an unpaid position supporting an all-volunteer staff.

The focus of an internship is to familiarize you with all aspects of what it means to run a literary journal and exist in an independent literary environment.  This includes assisting editors with projects as needed and learning about the reading/editorial process, social media engagement, how a journal supports its writers, layout/design using Adobe Creative Suite, building webpages, designing newsletters, editing audio and video files, data analytics, etc.  All work is completed remotely and will require 10-15 hours a week of your time.  Internships are available each fall, spring, and summer.  Send resume and cover letter outlining the requirements of your internship and your interests in literature, creative writing, publishing, and/or the skills you'd like to develop during your time with us to Ken Harmon at [email protected]  Place "Possible Internship" in the subject line.  Any questions may be directed to this email address as well.