Open Field Editorial Board
Each year, Open Field, Cornell’s literary and art magazine, is produced by a team of student editors, advised by the Director of the Center for the Literary Arts. Members of the editorial board are eligible to receive .5 course credit as well as Ingenuity in Action credit in Professional Exploration for their work throughout the year. Students may apply for the following positions (positions may change based on the skills of the applicant pool):
Managing Editor. Serves as the point person between the editorial board, faculty advisor, and authors/artists. Plans editorial board meetings. Ensures that layout and editing proceeds according to schedule.
Designer. Designs and lays out the magazine using InDesign and works with the Copy Editor and Poetry and Prose Editors to proofread the magazine over several passes during Blocks 6-7. InDesign experience is essential.
Prose Editor. Drafts the call for prose submissions and works with the Publicist to launch the Submittable site in early Block 4. Works with the Poetry Editor on running the literature selection committee, which chooses poems, stories, essays, etc., to include in the magazine.
Poetry Editor. Drafts the call for prose submissions and works with the Publicist to launch the Submittable site in early Block 4. Works with the Prose Editor on running the literature selection committee, which chooses poems, stories, essays, etc., to include in the magazine.
Art Editor. Drafts the call for art submissions and works with the Publicist to launch the Submittable site in early Block 4. Takes the lead on running the art selection committee in Block 5. May assist with layout for the artwork; may help artists arrange photography of their work to encourage submissions.
Publicist. Takes the lead on advertising for submissions and for the art and literature selection committees. Holds workshops, write-ins, and other events to encourage submissions during Block 4 (and possibly over winter break and the first week of Block 5). Assists with the magazine launch at Awards Night in Block 8 and in distributing magazine copies around campus.
Copy Editor. Coordinates copy editing and proofreading between the Designer and the Poetry and Prose Editors. Works with the designer to design and lay out the magazine using InDesign.
Assistant Editor. Assists the Poetry, Prose, and Art Editors with all selection committee meetings. Assists with other tasks as needed.
To Apply: By Wednesday, October 6, 2021, send firstname.lastname@example.org the following in the body of an email:
(a) a short paragraph describing why you'd like to join the editorial board and outlining prior experiences that prepare you to do so;
(b) the two positions you're most interested in, ranked, with brief comments regarding relevant skills;
(c) the name of one faculty member who has agreed to serve as a reference for you;
(d) the times you are generally available for a 20-minute interview during Blocks 2 and 3. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
Note: Students who served on the board in the previous academic year need only submit (a) and (b).
The call for members of the selection committee (who read and review submissions but do not serve a role on the board) will go out in January.