A couple of online magazines have recently posted calls for slush readers, Every Day Fiction and Fantasy, to be exact. A while back I wrote a three-piece article all about the benefits of taking a stint as a slush reader called Get Thee to a Slush Pile, and in it I share my personal experiences as slush reader, and go over what a good learning experience it is for a beginning writer.
Reading slush doesn’t just teach you about writing saleable stories, but it immerses you in the world on the other side of the writer-publisher equation. If you want to know everything I have to say about that go read my article, but in summary I’ll just admit that my experiences with slushing and editing were probably the best apprenticeship I could have hoped for when I was just starting out trying to sell short fiction.
The links above will take you to the particulars of applying — though the obvious first consideration on your part should be familiarity with the nature of the magazines you’d be working for. EDF has wisely conceived of their slush reading position as a three-month term, so if you only wanted a taste without being stuck in an open-ended commitment that looks like a great place to try on the slush reader hat.
So, if you are interested in writing or editing — or just think it would be fun to be involved in a magazine — here are two great opportunities that won’t be around forever.