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When employment/contract opportunities arise, the WGA is dedicated to selecting authors from across the province using fair and transparent methods. We take care and attention to represent various communities, cultures, genders, ages, and experiences from across the province when a position becomes available. In all offers of contracts/employment, we will give preference to WGA members.

WESTWORD EDITOR

WestWord Editor

Responsibilities of Editor:

  • To solicit and organize editorial content for a 36 - 40 page quarterly magazine.
  • To work within the production schedule developed by the Editor and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA), in consultation with the designer identified by the WGA.
  • To work within the budget for WestWord as determined by the WGA.

Duties:

  • Maintain a working relationship with the executive director of the WGA in order to keep the Guild up-dated, on a regular basis, on issues and direction of the publication.
  • Maintain a working relationship with the Editorial Advisory Group; review the Editorial Advisory Group’s recommendations and establish themes for issues as required; ask for input and support as required.
  • Receive and respond to submission queries.
  • Solicit and liaise with contributors for each issue, providing developmental edits on articles as needed.
  • Write an editorial column for each issue.
  • Submit all editorial materials to the WGA office by deadline dates per issue.
  • Submit to the WGA an invoice for editorial services.
  • Submit to the WGA a list of contributors, along with their contracts, names, addresses, and agreed rate of pay.

This is a 1-year term contract position for $6000/year based on a quarterly production schedule.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All staff and contractors of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta are required to adhere to the policies and procedures of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. All employees and contractors of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta are considered to be ambassadors of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, its members, programs and services, and are expected to promote and advocate for the WGA accordingly.

Those interested, please send resumes to [email protected] by May 26.

Recurring Positions

WGA-Selected Positions

Please note that the positions below are not application based but WGA-selected, subject to criteria and funding. Further opportunities are posted above and in WriteClick. 

  • Award Juries: Jury selection endeavours to employ writers and other literary people who have experience and expertise with particular categories of writing. Having representation from different parts of the province is important to us. Every jury for the Alberta Literary Awards includes one out-of-province person.
  • Monthly Event Presenters: We count on the expertise of our staff, who plan the monthly events in Calgary and Edmonton, to keep track of who has been featured in the past, who has new books out, who is on tour, and who works around a certain theme. Our staff is also responsible for balancing the budget, and consideration of this often comes into play during the selection process. This is also the case with smaller conferences.
  • Annual Conference Presenters: Our large conferences offer a broader range of positions and, as such, we post a call for submissions. The WGA also leaves room for hand-selected authors who would like to be seen by the community and who may be sponsored or already on tour.