V36 Team Wanted!

Verandah 36

Applications to be apart of the creation 2021’s Verandah 36 are open! Send your applications with relevant materials as listed below to verandah@deakin.edu.au before November 20th for potential editors, and January 15th for potential designers! This opportunity is only open to those studying at Deakin University, including Online/Cloud students.

Expression of Interest – Editorial Team Member for Verandah 36

Interested in gaining professional experience as an editor? We are currently seeking out the best Deakin University has to offer to produce the 36th  edition of Verandah in 2021. If this sounds like you, check out the criteria below and email your resume, a cover letter responding to the key selection criteria, as well as a copy of your academic transcript to verandah@deakin.edu.au before November 28th, 2020.

About Verandah: Verandah Literary and Art Journal is a not-for-profit, submission-based publication and 2021 will be the journal’s 36th year! Verandah features a variety of works from established and aspiring writers and artists. Each year, the annual volume is produced by a team of Deakin students; that’s where you come in!

The Role: As a member of the Verandah 36 editing team, you and your teammates will be responsible for securing grants and sponsorship, soliciting submissions, evaluating and editing contributions and advertising. You will oversee every aspect of Verandah 36’s creation, from conception to launch. Some of the required tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Solicitation of submissions through promotion via print media, social media, email correspondence and radio.
  • Attendance at regular team meetings/board meetings (online and/or in person at Deakin Downtown in Swanston St Melbourne).
  • Management of stock including postage of orders made online for back-issues.
  • Assessment of submissions using Submittable.
  • Selection of material for publication with input to running order and pairing of written works with artwork.
  • Structural, copy editing and proofreading of selected material.
  • Close liaison with authors during editing process.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Keen literacy and editing skills; including copy, structural and proof editing – This will be relevant for the editing of contributions, advertising and email correspondence with internal and external parties.
  • Ability to work closely with others in a team environment across campuses. – The team will consist of students from Burwood, Geelong and Cloud campuses and you will need to be able to correspond and attend meetings effectively with each other and the Verandah Industry Panel.
  • Organisational, planning and time management skills –  Verandah deadlines are demanding and shorter than they seem. Being organised will keep you on track and within budget and timing.
  • Creative and aesthetic vision – Verandah will be completely controlled by the editing team and while Verandah is open-themed regarding submissions, you will have to work together to establish an aesthetic vision for the 2021 journal.
  • Strong communication, negotiation and problem solving skills – A lot of important tasks require liaising with others and, with all experiences, there will be plenty of learning opportunities.
  • Ability to edit within tight timelines – There is a small window between closing of submissions and when the journal is due to be printed. Submissions will need to be confirmed, structurally edited, copyedited and proofread in layout in this time.

Requirements:

  • Applicants should be commencing their third year of Deakin’s Professional and Creative Writing major in 2021.
  • Completion of ALW205 The Role of the Editor in 2020 or prior.
  • Intention to undertake ALW395: Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication in 2021 or already undertaken will be highly regarded.

What’s in it for you: This is a volunteer position but offers first-hand experience in the publishing industry. At the end of the year, you and your team will have produced a journal in both print and possibly digital form. This is an opportunity to learn and expand not only your editing and teamwork skills, but also experience what is required of publishers: liaising with sponsors, printers, designers, authors and artists. You will also learn and expand skills such as budget management, marketing, sales and event planning.

 

Expression of Interest – Graphic Design Team Member for Verandah 36

Interested in gaining experience as a designer in publishing? We are currently seeking out the best Deakin has to offer to produce the 36th edition of Verandah in 2021. If this sounds like you, check out the criteria below and email us your application (including a resume, cover letter and example(s) of your work) to verandah@deakin.edu.au before January 15th, 2020.

About Verandah: Verandah Literary and Art Journal is a not-for-profit, submission-based publication and 2021 will be the journal’s 36th year! Verandah features a variety of work from established and aspiring writers and artists. Each year, the annual volume is produced by a team of Deakin students; that’s where you come in!

The Role: Your role will be to create and design the visual aspects relating to Verandah 36. This may include branding, posters and other advertising materials, social media graphics, along with the assembly and layout of the journal and potential eBook and other ad hoc design requests from the editing team such as the Cabinet of Curiosities. These positions are open to design students who will be studying at Deakin in 2021.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Ability to work in a team environment – You will be in a team of 2 to 3 Designers and will need to work together, alongside working with the Editing Team.
  • Creative vision in relation to branding and marketing – Verandah is a not-for-profit business and marketing and advertising are key features in its operation. Logos, posters and a consistent brand style will be important in establishing the aesthetic for 2021.
  • Skills in working to a given brief – The Editing Team will detail assignments in design briefs, making their requests, requirements and deadlines as streamlined for you as possible.
  • Capacity to work on both typesetting and design of hard copy and e-publication – Verandah produces a printed copy and a potential digital copy of the journal each year. Working with the changes between mediums is essential.
  • Strong communication, negotiation and problem solving skills – A lot of important tasks require liaising with others and, with all experiences, there will be plenty of learning opportunities.

A Verandah designer should understand and be able to work with the following:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign

What’s in it for you: This is a volunteer position, but it is a fantastic professional opportunity. The Verandah 36 editing team are your clients and you will play a big part in bringing their vision to life! This is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience with print and web design, as well as the publishing and professional writing industry. At the end of the year you will have tangible, professionally published work to add to your portfolio.