Friday, May 20, 2016

Call for Applications: Cynsations Intern

By Cynthia Leitich Smith
for Cynsations

Applications are invited for an intern to assist in the production of Cynsations and associated web-/social media for summer-fall 2016.

Duties would include assistance with:
  • coordinating, conducting and formatting interviews, guest posts, announcements and giveaways that tie into the children's-YA literature, writing, illustration, publishing, educational and gatekeeper communities; 
  • promoting all of the above; 
  • updating Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's Literature Resources and related social media channels.

The internship is non-paid, however, the intern would be offered:
  • two critiques of a full (or partial, if more developmental assistance is needed) novel; 
  • six critiques of two picture books each; or 
  • some combination of the above to be agreed upon on an individual basis. 
In addition, the intern would be promoted across the platform. Note: realism and fantasy, children's-YA fiction writers only. No currently enrolled MFA students.

The position is ideal for children's-YA writers who are not-yet-published but have been steadily writing and pursuing craft-building opportunities (such as SCBWI or Highlights workshops, a completed MFA, classes, etc.) or writers with a history of publication who're looking to shift age-level and/or genre focus, want to take craft to the next level, and/or are interested in building social media skills.

Between June 1 and June 30, please email cynthia at with a 500-word statement of interest that touches on:

  • commitment to the youth literature, its conversation and community;
  • study in the craft of writing for young readers;
  • social media savvy.

Please include relevant links. Connections and/or interest in diverse (defined broadly) youth literature also is especially welcome and should be mentioned. Thank you for your consideration!

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