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Marketing and Social Media Officer

In Opportunities on June 24, 2013 at 9:29 am

We are looking for someone to join our team and take charge of our marketing and social media. At the moment this is a duty shared out between the editors, but we’d  like to be able to spend more time focusing on the editing than the publicizing, hence the need for someone new!

The position is unpaid (none of us are paid, this isn’t a money-making venture), but it can be safely said that all editors have found Sabotage useful in acquiring paid work (this has also been the case for several reviewers). If you are passionate about indie literature, and want to gain more experience in marketing and social media, then this could be perfect for you.

The role would include:

  • publicizing new reviews on Facebook and twitter
  • selecting reviews and other relevant news to create a lively monthly newsletter
  • helping to build an online community around Sabotage

These are the basics, there is of course scope to expand this role as you see fit and really make it your own.

If you are interested in the post, please email Claire Trévien at giving examples of your previous experience and letting us know why you think this role would be the good fit for you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Needless to say, you can be based anywhere in the world for this. 

Applications close at midnight 30th June 2013.


Feeling competitive?

In Opportunities on June 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I have ordered all sorts of delicious pamphlets and poetry collections that I’ll get my hands on next week including the last two Anon, some Oystercatcher press and some Pighog press. In the meantime, for the more competitive-minded among you, here is a quick list of competitions with relatively urgent deadlines:

1) A John Lennon Poetry competition with Carol Ann Duffy as head judge. This competition requires a poem inspired by Lennon’s life and is split into three categories: Performance poetry (to be composed and performed in Liverpool by its writer), Paper poetry (to be submitted by email). There is also a school poetry competition.  The details are above, with the deadlines in September.

2) Poetry Competition in association with the Sentinel Literature Festival. The deadline is 20 August 2010 and, sadly, submissions are by post only. There are quite substantial monetary rewards and also the opportunity to read at the Festival at stake. First Prize: £250.00; Second Prize: £130.00; Third Prize: £70.00

3) I have a tendency to be poetry-centric, so to diffuse this, Look! Earlyworks Press is running a flash fiction competition, the closing date is soon: 30 June 2010 so get going! Entries must be under 100 words including titles.

4) The Keats-Shelley award also has a deadline on 30 June. You can enter either with an essay on Keats, Shelley and their circle, or by submitting a poem. Full details on the website.

5) As we’re on June 30th deadlines, the ridiculously adorable Leaf Press are running a ‘Write about Writing’ competition and are looking for submissions tackling one of these themes: where you write; fitting writing into a busy schedule; writing resources; editing; publishing successes and failures.

If all else fails, try submitting to The Rejected Quarterly, or buying it. It’s not a competition but it sure as hell is original:

Knowing how good traditional literary magazines are at their job, TRQ allows them to do the first level of weeding for us. Whatever they want, we don’t want. That’s why we require our writers to submit at least five rejection slips from other publications along with each manuscript. No other literary journal maintains such strict standards.’

John Lennon Poetry Competition

Tidbits of News

In Opportunities on June 9, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Apologies for the lack of a proper crit of anything for the last few days. I’ve been ill and I’m still recovering. I rather feel as if I have hooves instead of fingers when typing. Expect service to resume once fingers become human again.

In the meantime, here are some things to keep you busy:

1) Kill Author, an online magazine I personally didn’t know about but am discovering with glee, has a new issue out. I was made aware of it thanks to Fawn Neun (of Battered Suitcase fame). Below is their inspiring manifesto:

What we’re looking for: a manifesto

Writing that burns with a desire to step out of the everyday and into its mirror image, and from there allows the reader to see something different and go someplace else.

Writing that knows how to leave the reader shocked and reeling, not necessarily just via the events the author is describing—anyone can take the easy way out and labor over gruesome violence or explicit sex—but through the extraordinary power of their well chosen words.

There are too many writers aping the style of other writers, especially online. And far too many authors still want to be Charles Bukowski. We love Bukowski, but his work’s been done. He did it and it probably can’t be bettered, so why try to repeat it? We want writing where the author dares to explore the outer reaches of their own voice, and then has an urge to see where it takes them.

We’re excited by writing that experiments with form and language. That doesn’t mean we’re looking for all-out surrealism, though; we still value work that knows how to tell a story and can take the reader from A to C via B. But it should make that journey in extraordinary ways.”

I always like to check out the ‘About’ sections on website, sometimes they’re barely a line long, sometimes they make you excited. This About falls in the latter category. It makes you want to submit, it wants to make you be worthy of their manifesto, and even better, it makes you want to read what they’ve put together. Not bad.

2) I doubt it’s a thought that’s been keeping you up at night, but if you want to know the influence of servants on Emily Dickinson’s poetry, check out this interview.

3) And for something completely different, I urge you to read Betty’s blog ‘The 52 Seductions’ on a married couple’s attempts to rekindle passion by seducing each other once a week. It’s not as smutty as it sounds. Betty is an intelligent and funny woman who knows how to write irresistible entries. What I particularly appreciate is that she doesn’t shy away from the more icky and embarrassing aspects of sex and, without wanting to sound like an X-factor contestant, it’s quite a journey.