Full Stop, an online journal of literary and cultural criticism established in 2011, invites applications for two Full Stop Editorial Fellows. These 3-month long fellowships will invite early-career writers or editors to independently envision, commission, and edit an issue of the Full Stop Quarterly. Each separate fellow will receive a budget to commission non-fiction essays and art, as well as guidance from the Full Stop editorial collective on every step of the process. The resulting quarterly issues will be released in the Fall and Winter of 2023. 

Full Stop Fellows will each be awarded a stipend of $1,000. Full Stop expects fellows to commit to no more than 10-15 hours per week to work on the quarterly during the duration of the fellowship (often much less). 

The Full Stop Quarterly was launched in 2015, with the idea of concentrating Full Stop’s critical work through a thematic arc. This has included special issues on topics as varied and ill-defined as monsters, the graduate student unionization movement, the act of listening, widening societal fractures, and international poetry. Over the past year, our first two editorial fellows, Kudrat Wadhwa and Nico Millman, compiled issues around Cynicism and the The Cultural Politics of Land, respectively. Kudrat Wadhwa’s quarterly is now available to our Patreon supporters and available for purchase here; and Nico Millman’s quarterly is forthcoming.

While the fellows will be given a wide berth to determine the theme of their issues, the core values of Full Stop must remain intact—supporting the work of critics, small presses, and the aesthetically, linguistically, and socially marginalized communities of writers they represent. 

We seek Fellows who are curious, conflicted, concerned, critical, thoughtful, and excited about literary production and reception in our current moment. We look for proposals of imaginative projects that will investigate pressing questions about contemporary literature and culture and experiment with the forms that public literary criticism and engagement can take. 

Applicants need not have graduate school credentials or previous editing experience. In keeping with Full Stop’s commitment to highlighting the unknown, precarious, and as-yet unrealized of contemporary culture, we particularly encourage applications for projects that will feature marginalized voices and perspectives.

To Apply

By the end of the day November 30, please send:

1) A 400–600 word Project Proposal that describes the Full Stop Quarterly issue you envision editing. The Project Proposal should include an explanation of the themes and questions that will animate your issue and how you see this issue connecting with, and expanding upon, Full Stop’s mission. 

2) A hypothetical Table of Contents that includes relevant section headings and some imagined piece titles and genres. Previous issues of the quarterly can be viewed here, please take a look at how tables of contents have been structured in the past. Titles may be more explanatory than artful.

3) A list of some prospective contributors to the issue, including three already contacted and three to be contacted. (You need not already know, or have connections to, all prospective contributors. The Full Stop editorial collective will offer guidance on soliciting contributions.)

4) The name of an artist or group of artists you plan to ask to design a cover and contribute art for the issue. Each issue of the Full Stop Quarterly features a custom-designed cover and series of works of art by one artist or a group of artists. Internal art works might be loosely connected to or inspired by the theme, but they are generally not illustrations of individual pieces.  

5) A short bio.

Those interested in applying can access select past issues of the quarterly here.

All materials must be submitted to [email protected] by the end of the day November 30 for consideration. Fellows will be announced in early December.

The Full Stop Editorial Fellows program is supported by a grant from CLMP. Please help us continue to offer these fellowships in the coming years by subscribing to our Patreon

If you are an organization or academic department interested in opportunities to sponsor a future Full Stop Editorial Fellow, please email [email protected].

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