Thursday, January 28, 2010

Opportunities for Writers

Some opportunities for our members:

First, NSAL's short fiction contest (for writers 18-32) deadline is February 8. More details here.

And the 13th Bay to Ocean Writers' Conference is February 20. Learn more about that conference right here.

Then, for those of you interested in getting some great editing experience with a wonderful local institution, consider this posting for a volunteer editor:

Editor-The Montgomery County Story

Are you detailed oriented? Do you enjoy reading stories about Montgomery County History? Are you computer savvy? Then Montgomery County Historical Society has the opportunity for you. The Society is currently seeking an Editor for its bi-annual publication The Montgomery County Story. The Story is the Montgomery County Historical Society’s journal focusing on the history of the people, places, events, and organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Editor’s chief responsibility will be formatting and editing stories that are slated to appear in the publication. The Editor will be responsible from the first to the final draft of the publication. The Story is published in February and August. The volunteer editor will receive a 20% discount in the Museum Shop and the opportunity to attend MCHS programs for free or at a reduced fee.

The mission of the Montgomery County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the County so that children and adults of diverse backgrounds can use the past to better understand the issues of the present and together build a shared vision of the County’s future.

Please Contact:
Elizabeth Otey
301-340-2825 ext. 223

Job Description:

Editor-The Montgomery County Story
Supervisor: Assistant Director

Time Commitment
Twice a year in November-January and May-July

· Oversee production of The Story from first to final draft
· Edit submitted “stories” for print
· Format The Story in preparation for print
· Collaborate with staff members to determine final content
· Interact with authors to keep them on deadlines for promised articles
· Develop guidelines for authors regarding formatting, and footnote usage
· Verify data in footnotes
· Select and prepare photographs for publication

· Interest in local history
· Experience with MS Office Suite
· Detail oriented
· Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision
· Familiarity with Photoshop or similar scanning program

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