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Wanted: Associate Editor

We have some good news – the Westerly office is expanding. With all the growth the Magazine has seen over the last two years, we have reached the point where we require more staff to maintain our current activities (and continue with all we have planned).

Thanks to a generous commitment of funding from the University of Western Australia, we are thrilled to say that we are now able to open the role of Associate Editor for applications.

Westerly has been very lucky in the support we have received, not only from the University, but from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Department of Culture and the Arts (WA) and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Each of these funding bodies have offered Westerly support for our 2017/18 activities. We are so very grateful for this input, and excited as to the possibilities it offers us in the coming year. We can confirm, for instance, that the Writer’s Development Program will run again in the second half of this year – applications will be announced in the coming weeks. With all this activity, it is a great moment to be involved with the Magazine.

Westerly is looking for applicants for the position of Associate Editor, which will begin as a casual role, two days a week.

We are seeking a conscientious and enthusiastic individual to join a strong team. The Associate Editor will report directly to the Editor, and be responsible (alongside the Editor) for managing and overseeing the publication and production of the magazine’s issues.

The Associate Editor will be primarily expected to contribute to:

the selection and editing of material, including the coordination of peer review of scholarly submissions;
the management of production and promotion, including the management of Westerly’s social media;
the organisation of related events and activities, including launches;
the development of grant applications supporting ongoing efforts of publication;
and related administration tasks as requested by the Editor.

The Associate Editor will be expected to work closely with both the Web Editor and the administrative team in delivering in these areas.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should offer:

At minimum, an undergraduate degree with a specialisation related to Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and/or Editing and Publishing;
Some experience in an editorial role.

Applicants should demonstrate:

A commitment to literary publishing, and Australian literary culture;
An understanding of the local writing and publishing sector ecology, and Westerly’s place within it;
An understanding of the processes of peer review and scholarly publication;
An ability to manage time and multiple tasks, with a strong work ethic;
Efficiency and initiative in approaching the role;
An ability to work both with a team and independently.


The applicant will be required to work in the Westerly office at the University of Western Australia, minimum one day a week. Applicants will be expected to commence immediately. All staff members are required to comply with the University’s Policy on Health and Safety, Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct. Details on these policies can be found at:



Applications require a full curriculum vitae and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience sent directly to the Editor (westerly@uwa.edu.au), and marked ‘RE. Position of Associate Editor’. Applicants should include names and addresses of three referees on their application, at least one professional.

Applications will close on July 22nd, 2017 at 5pm (Western Standard Time).

Download the full position description here.

We will look forward to welcoming our new team member soon!


Our thanks to the University of Western Australia for making this possible.

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