The role

We are looking for an aspiring editor to join gal-dem’s editor-in-chief and award-winning journalist Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff in commissioning and editing our exciting young adult anthology coming in 2021: Black Joy.

Black Joy is a young adult non-fiction anthology which will feature essays from a variety of inspiring Black British voices around the topic of the joy they’ve found in their lives. It will be published in September 2021 by Penguin Random House Children’s Books. As well as including essays from well-known Black Brits, we would like to find a mentee who will act as co-editor and is brimming with ideas on potential commissions and topics that will be relevant to a younger audience to include in the anthology.

You don’t need to have worked in editorial in the past, but you do need to have lots of ideas about how we can reach new writers, and what original, insightful essay you would like to write for the anthology too.  

You will be paid £2500 for your contribution to this project.

What's on offer

  • You will be mentored by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff through the editorial process for Black Joy.
  • You will also have the opportunity to have your essay included in the anthology.
  • You will work as co-editor for this anthology as you select and commission essays from writers aged 18-24 years old.
  • This will be a remote mentorship, so there are no limitations to where in the UK the applicant is from, but you must be committed to the project and dedicate a total of 60 hours (maximum) to this project and be open to working collaboratively with both Charlie and the Penguin editor.

About you

  • Applicants must identify as Black British and be aged 18-24 at the time of applying for this mentorship.
  • Applicants must live in the UK.

How to submit your application

Fill in the application form below before Sunday 10th January 2021.

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