If you are interested in getting involved with The Nassau Literary Review, there are three basic ways you can participate: attending events, submitting original work, and joining our staff. We host several events each year that are open to all members of the campus community, from writers’ workshops and open mics to coffeehouses and launch parties to celebrate the release of our latest issue. To stay informed about upcoming events, keep an eye on our web page and/or sign up to receive emails from our listserv. Our events are a wonderful way to learn more about the Review and to meet other members of Princeton’s vibrant literary and artistic community. We hope to see you!
We also urge you to submit your own work to be considered for publication. We accept submissions of poetry, prose, and artwork from all current and former students at Princeton University. To learn more, please visit our submissions page.
Lastly, if you are interested in working on the magazine proper in an official capacity, you may apply to become a member of our staff. We accept applications for available positions at the beginning of each semester; the positions that are open during any particular round of applications will be made known via this website, as well as through our listserv. Please find descriptions of each position here.
The Editors-in-Chief are responsible for setting the publication schedule and coordinating and overseeing the activity of the various divisions of the staff. They review the selected submissions and make final decisions on which are to be included in the published magazine, and in what order; in addition, they must review and approve the laid-out magazine before it is sent to the printers. EICs work closely with the Business Editor and Treasurer to ensure that the Review has adequate funds to carry out its activities.
The Managing Editor works closely with the Editors-in-Chief to head the production of the magazine, meet with other leaders on campus, and ensure that the organization runs smoothly. Traditionally, the Managing Editor is the stepping-stone position that leads into Editor-in-Chief and as such is usually a member of NLR who is highly dedicated, organized, and visionary. Though we prefer individuals with prior involvement in NLR, we will accept applications from any freshman, sophomore, or junior.
The Web Editor is responsible for developing the NLR presence and community online. S/he is in charge of updating and maintaining the current website but is also encouraged to improve it with creative ideas, such as blogs or weekly writing prompts. Because we are now on user-friendly WordPress, anyone with basic web design knowledge and initiative is encouraged to apply.
The Web Staff is responsible for developing the NLR presence and community online. Staff members are responsible for writing web updates and maintaining the current website; posts on our website will range from news updates to lists of upcoming events to magazine-style features such as book and theater reviews. Enthusiasm for writing is a must; experience with WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter is optional but highly desirable.
The Prose Editor is in charge of coordinating with the Assistant Prose Editors to arrange meetings of the Prose Staff, which decides which prose submissions will make it into the magazine. This person is responsible for running Prose Staff meetings, ensuring that the highest quality work is selected as per the guidelines of the Selection Manual, and making adjustments to that manual if necessary. S/he is responsible for reading all the submissions and has the final say on decisions, meaning that the Editor may override a staff decision if s/he feels the situation warrants it.
Assistant Prose Editors help to arrange meetings and take on tasks delegated to them by the Prose Editor. They are responsible for reading all of the prose submissions and attending all of the selection meetings for their section. They may also work individually with students in editing selected pieces.
The Poetry Editor is in charge of coordinating with the Assistant Poetry Editors to arrange meetings of the Poetry Staff, which decides which poetry submissions will make it into the magazine. This person is responsible for running Poetry Staff meetings, ensuring that the highest quality work is selected as per the guidelines of the Selection Manual, and making adjustments to that manual if necessary. S/he is responsible for reading all the submissions and has the final say on decisions, meaning that the Editor may override a staff decision if s/he feels the situation warrants it.
Assistant Poetry Editors help to arrange meetings and take on tasks delegated to them by the Poetry Editor. They are responsible for reading all of the poetry submissions and attending all of the selection meetings for their section. They may also work individually with students in editing selected pieces.
Members of the Prose and Poetry Selection Staffs are expected to read the submissions assigned to them by their respective Editors and Assistant Editors prior to each meeting and to participate in the evaluation process during the meetings. The section Editor may elect to require attendance and may remove members from the staff list based on absences and/or lack of participation.
The Art Editor is responsible not only for reviewing submitted art in coordination with the Assistant Editors, but also for attending various exhibitions around campus and photographing pieces which might be considered for publication. This person is responsible for running meetings and ensuring that the highest quality work is selected. S/he meets with the EICs to finalize which pieces are to be included in the magazine and to choose the cover of each issue.
Assistant Art Editors attend various exhibitions around campus as directed by the Editor and photograph pieces which might be considered for publication. They review all the art under consideration with the Editor and make recommendations as to which pieces should be included.
The Design Editor is in charge of coordinating with the Assistant Editors to lay out the publication and create posters to advertise our events and selection deadline. S/he works with the Editors-in-Chief to finalize the publication before it is sent to press.
Assistant Design Editors assist in creating the posters advertising events and submissions deadlines, as well as in laying out the publication.
The Head Copyeditor is in charge of coordinating with the Assistant Editors to proofread every page of the magazine and combine edits from the copywriting staff onto a single document. S/he is expected to set meeting times and delegate copyediting assignments and to work in concert with the EICs to ensure that the document is as error-free as possible.
Assistant Copyeditors are assigned pages to read and edit by the Head Copyeditor. They are responsible for editing and turning in their copy by the appointed date.
The Business Manager is in charge of fundraising for the magazine, managing and delegating tasks to Assistant Editors and staff members as needed. This person works very closely with the Treasurer to make sure that the magazine has enough funding to produce a document matching specifications.
The Treasurer keeps track of donations from alumni and departments and maintains the alumni contributor database. This person works very closely with the Business Manager to make sure that the magazine has enough funding to produce a document matching specifications.
The Submissions Manager is in charge of securing as many submissions as possible for the magazine, managing the submissions in the email inbox, and sending the submissions to the appropriate selection editors at the end of the submission period. This person is expected to attend Editor Meetings.
The Publicity Manager coordinates publicity efforts including postering, distribution, and advertising for our events and submissions deadline.
The Events Coordinator is responsible for registering events that require reserved spaces and purchasing food for all-staff events. S/he is also responsible for organizing staff social events and special events such as poetry slams, alumni readings, open houses, and launch parties.