ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Creative Non-Fiction Editor
Application Deadline: May 1, 2020
ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment is the quarterly journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment published by Oxford University Press.
ISLE invites applications for the new position of Creative Non-Fiction Editor.
Duties: Work with the Co-Editors and the Publisher to oversee the journal’s creative non-fiction submissions from submission and review to publication. Attend the journal’s editorial board meetings and other business meetings related to the journal. (Meetings take place on-line. A biennial in person meeting takes place at the ASLE conference. The conference takes place in the summers. Next one takes place July 6-9, 2021 in Portland, Oregon.) Five year term (2020-2025).
The Creative Non-Fiction Editor of ISLE is the journal’s primary point of contact for authors and reviewers of creative non-fiction. These essays are clearly submitted in this category and distinct from the scholarly or academic essays. The Creative Non-Fiction Editor will assign reviewers and ensure timely reviews.
In addition to a broad knowledge of creative writing with an emphasis on creative non-fiction engaging ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, the position requires strong organizational skills and the ability to respond promptly and diplomatically to emails from authors from around the planet.
Primary responsibilities include the following:
- Reviewing new submissions to ensure that all creative work is suitable for the journal and sufficiently blinded for peer review;
- Assisting with the peer review process, including assigning peer reviewers for new submissions within the month received;
- Responding to correspondence with reviewers;
- Tracking manuscripts’ progress in ScholarOne;
- Providing the editors and associate editors with feedback and recommendations on specific manuscripts based upon reviewer reports;
- Assisting authors in resubmitting revised versions of their work in a timely manner and coordinating second rounds of peer review as deemed necessary by the editorial team;
- Collecting and organizing authors’ bios and providing them, along with proofread manuscripts, to the editor in advance of each issue;
- Responding in a timely manner to all inquiries from authors, reviewers, and the editorial team.
Estimated workload: 5-10 hours per week.
Note: the rate of submissions vary and thus the inclusion rate in the journal varies.
Minimum qualifications: MFA in Creative Writing or equivalent. A good understanding of various types and forms of creative non-fiction. A commitment to working actively to ensuring diversity, both in terms of topics engaged and demographics of publications, with an eye to inclusion based on race, gender, geographic range, class, sexual orientation, disability. Soliciting submissions to ensure this range. High level of administrative and organizational skills and an exceptional sense of professional responsibility. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally and to respond flexibly to various circumstances. Facility with Excel and web-based processing programs helpful. (ScholarOne will be used and training will be provided.)
Desirable qualifications: MFA in Creative Writing.
Please note: This is an unpaid position. All editors are listed on the masthead of the website.
To apply: Submit cover letter indicating your interest in environmental humanities, how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, curriculum vitae, and provide names and email addresses for two references to the editors: Professor Christina Gerhardt, email@example.com
and Professor Jennifer Westerman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiries: Please email both editors at the following addresses:
Professor Christina Gerhardt, email@example.com
Professor Jennifer Westerman, firstname.lastname@example.org