Full Stop, an online journal of literary and cultural criticism established in 2011, invites applications for two Full Stop Editorial Fellows. These three-month-long fellowships will invite early-career writers or editors to independently envision, commission, and edit an issue of the Full Stop Quarterly.

Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 and a budget to commission nonfiction 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 2024-2025. 

Fellows should plan to spend 10 hours per week on the quarterly during the duration of the fellowship (though many weeks it will be 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 as monsters, grad student unionization, the act of listening, international poetry, and translation. Full Stop’s first two editorial fellows, Kudrat Wadhwa and Nico Millman were selected in 2021, and compiled issues on Cynicism and The Cultural Politics of Land, respectively. Our 2022 Fellows, Ching-in Chen and Gillian Joseph, will release their projects later this year. Prior years’ quarterlies are available to our Patreon supporters and available for purchase here.

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, 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 15 November 30 [deadline extended!], please send:

  • 1) Project Proposal: 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) Table of Contents: A hypothetical Table of Contents that includes relevant section headings and some imagined piece titles and genres. Please take a look at how tables of contents have been structured in the past. Titles may be more explanatory than creative.
  • 3) Prospective Contributors: 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) Artist(s): 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) Bio: A short bio.

Those interested in applying can access select past issues of the quarterly here, or view the full archive here.

All materials must be submitted to [email protected] by the end of the day November 30, 2023 for consideration. Fellows will be announced in 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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