The Colored Lens is recruiting slush readers!

The Colored Lens is looking for another First Reader.

We pride ourselves on our 100% personal responses, and aim to have a 48 hour response time for rejections. To do this, we ask readers to read 5-6 stories a week and provide short personalized responses that include both positive features and (if necessary) the reasons it’s being rejected.

Stories are typically in the 3000-5000 word range, but we accept stories as long as 20,000 words. First reading is handled on an “as able” basis, meaning that whenever a reader has time, he/she logs into the database and selects the next unread story. If a reader doesn’t have time to read on a particular day, they simply don’t read any.

All of us at The Colored Lens are volunteers, so this isn’t a paid position.  Reading does give you insights into the editorial process, however, and is a good opportunity to gain experience and insights into how the industry works. 

If you are interested in the position, first send us an email stating you are interested in applying and giving a short overview of your writing experience. After that, please review the stories on our site and let us know two to three of your favorites, and write a sample rejection for two to three of them that you don’t like as well.

Both the initial email and the email with the reviewed stories should be sent to us at editors@thecoloredlens.com. This all call will remain open until filled.

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