currently in middle or high school (aged 13-18 by the time of application)
previous experience with editing is not required!
passion for creative writing, visual art, history, or cultural heritage
As a General Editor, you will be responsible for acting on submissions to Trailblazer as a first reader. This can include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces. After reviewing each submission, you will vote on the acceptance or rejection of a piece and provide your rationale to the team. There will be two General Editors assigned to each submission.
General Editors who have acted on 10 or more submissions can apply to be promoted to Managing Editors.
To apply for this position, click here. Applicants for this position do not need to write a cover letter, or provide a sample of creative writing, although both are strongly encouraged.
As a Managing Editor, you will be the second reader for Trailblazer. This can include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions. After reviewing each submission, you will vote on the acceptance or rejection of a piece and provide your rationale to the team. In addition, you will be responsible for responding to the submitter with a letter of acceptance or rejection. There will be one Managing Editor assigned to each submission.
To apply for this position, click here. Applicants for this position are required to provide a cover letter and a sample of creative writing (fiction, poetry, screenplay, and creative nonfiction are all acceptable).
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONSHIP:
As the Director of Public Relationship, you will be responsible for promoting Trailblazer in the literary world. You will be in charge of maintaining its social media. Tasks include creating Instagram Posts upon request, sharing relevant posts, tracking engagement, and responding to direct messages. Experience with design platforms (ex. Canva, InDesign, Photoshop, iMovie) is strongly encouraged.
You will also be responsible for connecting and building partnerships with high schools, universities, and relevant organizations worldwide. Tasks include planning and coordinating local or campus-specific workshops.
To apply for this position, click here. Applicants for this position are required to upload an artwork that they have completed (photography, 3D design, digital art, etc. are all acceptable).
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time do I need to commit as a team member for Trailblazer?
This really depends on the job you are applying to. Typically, General Editors and Executive Editors commit one hour each week to their job. As the Event Organizer, Director of Public Relations, and for other leadership positions, however, you would need to commit around two hours each week, especially when there are upcoming workshops, interviews, or other events.
How is Trailblazer different from other literary magazines?
As a high school literary magazine, Trailblazer is run and managed entirely by students between the age of 13 to 18. As an international community that oversees its editing process, publication, and promotion, it seeks to connect like-minded writers, poets, and humanities enthusiasts. Trailblazer also focuses on raising awareness for native languages and indigenous cultures.