The Oxford American welcomes fiction and nonfiction submissions, as well as proposals for articles. (There is a $3 processing fee for most categories.) The Oxford American does not accept submissions on paper and cannot return manuscripts sent to the office.
Please familiarize yourself with recent issues of the magazine before you submit. The Oxford American can be purchased at discerning bookstores and newsstands everywhere. Single-copy issues and back issues may be purchased here. Issues appear in March, June, September, and December. Our annual Southern Music Issue appears in December.
The Oxford American offers a comprehensive editorial internship program. We have full-time and part-time positions available and offer a stipend of $2,500 per term. Internships begin in January, June, and September, though the program provides some flexibility for starting dates, and the opportunity for interested interns to extend their terms. For the near future, internships will be remote.
The OA is grateful to the family of Jeff Baskin (Susan Weinstein, Bernie and Danny Baskin) for their generous support of this program. Jeff Baskin, a librarian by trade, was a lifelong and generous literary citizen. His imaginative approach to his work and his programming innovations brought reading and writing to countless in the North Little Rock community. In 2010, he initiated the Laman Library Writers Fellowship, an annual award that honored Arkansas writers. In partnership with his family, the Oxford American is proud to reinvigorate and expand this legacy to support editors and writers.
We accept applications for all terms year-round but please note the following deadlines:
- April 15 for internships starting in June
- August 21 for internships starting in September
- November 15 for internships starting in January
Interns are a vital part of the Oxford American’s print and digital production teams. The duties of an intern include evaluating manuscript submissions, participating in the planning of issues, fact-checking and proofreading stories, drafting posts for social media, and creating and maintaining digital content for the website. Interns are encouraged to participate in our off-site concerts and readings, generate article ideas, and to write for oxfordamerican.org.
Applications should include a detailed cover letter, resume, and one writing sample of up to 5 pages in length. Your sample could be one long piece or a collection of short pieces. (Samples can include critical and/or creative work, though a substantial portion should be prose.) Please specify the term for which you are applying.
The Oxford American (OA) is seeking an intern for our Points South podcast. This position provides an opportunity for someone with strong initiative to contribute to the growth of our programming and audience.
We are seeking someone who has a passion for audio storytelling with some audio engineering and editing skills. The podcast intern should be able to function both as part of a dynamic team working toward common goals and independently.
- Create sessions for each segment in ProTools
- Maintain and update production calendar
- Process audio files in transcription service and clean up transcripts
- Identify “good tape” and generate rough cuts of scripts
- Assist producers with scheduling
- Create and update tape log
- Fact-check scripts and support producer and contributor research
- Contribute to marketing the podcast and pursuing syndication opportunities
- Collaborate with Engagement Editor on earned coverage and social media
Knowledge, skills, and experience
- Proficiency with ProTools required
- Excellent organizational and communication abilities
- Strong interest in narrative storytelling
The OA is committed to empowering voices underserved by the publishing arena; applicants of color and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+ or disabled are encouraged to apply. We invite applicants to voluntarily disclose any non-dominant identities in their materials.
This is a remote internship, which will run from September through February. Interns will be expected to work 15–18 hours per week and will receive a stipend of $5000. Application deadline for this cycle has been extended to September 8, 2022.
To apply, include a letter of interest and résumé.