The Colored Lens is once again looking to expand our staff. We are looking for a first reader to help us keep up with the submissions we receive.
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 6-7 stories a week and provide short personalized responses that include both positive features and 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. Slush 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. We do ask that readers be able to read most days of the week, though.
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, please review the stories on our site and send us an email at email@example.com. In the email, let us know two to three of your favorites and why you like them, and write a sample personal rejection for two to three of them that you don’t like as well. This post will remain active until the post is filled. However, if you’d like to send us a short statement of interest before sending a full application, we’ll know to wait for your application before making a final decision.