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Staff Openings

Welcome to the Girls in Capes staff search listings.  Thank you for considering joining us!  You’ll find our list of open staff positions below.  (And trust us, you don’t have to be a Girl in a Cape to apply.)

Send three writing samples of blog posts or news articles to Editor Feliza Casano at editor@girlsincapes.com with the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

The body of the e-mail should include your short cover letter, and we prefer attachments in PDF or DOC form. If you have previously published articles or blogs online, we definitely prefer direct links to your published work. These instructions only apply if the listing does not include its own specific guidelines, so make sure to read the entire listing before you apply.

If you don’t find a staff spot you’re interested in, you can still submit your samples and cover letter as outlined above with “Staff Writer” in the subject line.  Please let us know in your cover letter what you may be interested in and able to write about.

How do you know if you’re qualified?  We don’t have any particular qualifications, but here are a few things that might help your case (which you may want to mention in your cover letter or resume, as applicable):

  • Previous experience writing for a blog, fan site, student newspaper or other publication
  • A Goodreads / personal blog / other account with a number of reviews and/or followers
  • A moderate social media presence, particularly on Twitter
  • Previous experience on a niche or community-driven blog OR with forum moderation/administration

Our staff and community run on Facebook Groups, Disqus commenting moderation system, the WordPress.org platform, and Gravatar. Familiarity with these platforms is a huge plus! Our primary social media networks are Facebook and Twitter; our additional communities include a Goodreads group, InstagramTumblr, YouTube, and Pinterest, though to a much smaller extent.

We’re looking for writers who can balance a friendly and conversational writing voice with a professional tone, participate in social media conversations about our pieces, and engage in our comments section with maturity and professionalism. Our staff is fairly close-knit and friendly, and we’d love to add friendly and supportive writers to our staff! GiC is especially interested in POC and LGBTQ perspectives, though we accept and welcome all applicants.

Currently, Girls in Capes runs on volunteers, meaning pieces are currently unpaid. Staff writers have previously used their work for college internship credit, and links to external sites — like pieces you’ve written for other sites — are welcome and encouraged.

Due to application volume, we can only respond to applicants whose work we are interested in pursuing.

Currently, we are most interested in Comics & Graphic Novels or Subculture columnists, a Science Fiction Reviewer who can handle all age levels and a broad range of science fiction, and a DIY Writer, especially one who specializes in cosplay construction.

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Nonfiction Reviewer

rbgThe Nonfiction Reviewer will write 1 or more monthly reviews of nonfiction books, comics, and graphic novels along with supplementary list-style features, similar in style to this one.  This writer will write for both the Comics & Graphic Novels and Books sections.  (S)he will use a NetGalley account or other methods to obtain ARCs for review.  The Nonfiction Reviewer will be provided with at least one digital or print review copy per month, but may be responsible for providing additional titles as well. (S)he will work with the editor in chief to select monthly assignments.

In your application, please list a few of the most recent nonfiction books you read as well as your specific interests in nonfiction (such as science, biography, history, etc.) and your preferences between books and comics/graphic novels.

LGBTQ Writer

The LGBTQ Writer will write 1+ monthly articles on topics of interest to GIC readers relating to the LGBTQ community as well as LGBTQ issues across entertainment.  (S)he will work closely with an editor to develop articles and article topics.  We are seeking someone with a more particular interest and knowledge in lesbian/transgender topics and issues.  While not the only writer working with LGBTQ, (s)he will be considered the GIC expert on the topic and will be contacted first to work on relevant assignments.  This writer works across sections.

In your application, please give us an idea of what sections on our website are of greatest interest for you.

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Comics Columnist

We are looking for Comics Columnists to write monthly (or more frequent) columns on the comic book industry.  Columnists will have no duties beyond their own columns, which may include monthly review series.  To apply, please submit a resume and proposal (1-2 pages) for your column to editor@girlsincapes.com.  Please include your first article for your proposed column so we have an idea of your writing style and angle.

Currently, we are most interested in a writer with a specific interest in Black comics for a new column. We are also seeking a writer with broad knowledge of web comics to take over the It Came from the Web column.

Manga Reviewer

HERO_Horimiya_TP_V1The Manga Reviewer will write 1-3 monthly reviews of officially-licensed English language manga.  (S)he will use a NetGalley account or other methods to obtain ARCs for review.  The reviewer will be provided with at least one digital or print review copy per month, but may be responsible for providing additional titles as well.

We are seeking a writer who’s familiar with different manga publishers in the United States and has an interest in multiple manga styles and types, though we are especially seeking a manga reviewer with an interest in yuri/shoujo-ai series. We would also prefer a writer active on Goodreads, Twitter, and/or manga-related blogging. (S)he will also be responsible for assisting in moderating a GiC-run Facebook group for anime and manga fans.

While the Manga Reviewer will not be the only writer reviewing manga titles, (s)he will write exclusively on the topic and be considered the GiC manga expert; as such, (s)he will be the first writer contacted with advance copies and other related assignments.

In your application, please list the 5 most recent officially-licensed English language manga series you’ve read. If applicable, please include links to previous manga reviews on other sites or blogs.

Graphic Novel Reviewer

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 20.39.31The Graphic Novel Reviewer will write 1+ monthly reviews of graphic novels from a variety of publishers.  (S)he will use a NetGalley account as well as other methods to obtain ARCs or finished titles for review, including assignments from the editor.  The reviewer will be responsible for obtaining at least one review title per month.

While the Graphic Novel Reviewer will not be the only writer composing reviews of graphic novels, (s)he will be considered the GIC graphic novel expert; as such, (s)he will be the first writer contacted when editors receive new graphic novel ARCs and related assignments.

In your application, please list the 5 most recent graphic novels (not comic books) you’ve read.  If applicable, please include any experience you have conducting and writing interviews, especially with artists and writers.

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Asian Drama Writer

The Asian Drama Writer will submit 1+ monthly articles on Asian dramas, including reviews as well as articles on topics of gender, sexuality, and more.  This writer will focus on television dramas originally airing in Korea, though we also prefer a writer who can focus on and review dramas from Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines, and/or additional countries. The Asian Drama Writer will also review movies from a variety of Asian countries. This writer will be primarily responsible for drama-related articles will be the first contacted for related assignments and special topic articles.

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Young Adult Reviewer

Of Fire and Stars Audrey Coulthurst young adult princessesThe Young Adult Reviewer will write 1+ monthly reviews of novels intended for a young adult audience. While specialization in science fiction, fantasy, and horror YA is preferred, we are most interested in a YA Reviewer with a diversity focus, especially one with knowledge of the LGBT and/or Black communities in the US.

The reviewer will be responsible for obtaining at least one galley/ARC per month, though additional ARCs will be provided throughout the year. We would also prefer a writer who has an active Goodreads account and is familiar with the Groups function on Goodreads, especially in moderating a group.

While the Young Adult Reviewer will not be the only writer composing reviews of young adult fiction, (s)he will write exclusively on the topic and be considered our expert in the topic; as such, (s)he will be the first writer contacted when editors receive new ARCs and other related assignments.

In your application, please list the 10 most recent young adult novels you’ve read and an estimate of how many total novels you read last year.  If applicable, include any prior experience you have writing interviews, especially interviews with authors.

Science Fiction Reviewer

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The Science Fiction Reviewer will write 1+ monthly reviews of science fiction novels intended for an audience of any age group.  (S)he will use a NetGalley account as well as any other method to obtain ARCs for review.  The reviewer will be responsible for obtaining at least one galley/ARC per month, though additional ARCs will be provided throughout the year.  We would also prefer a writer who has an active Goodreads account and is familiar with the Groups function on Goodreads, especially in moderating a group.

While the Science Fiction Reviewer will not be the only writer composing reviews of science fiction, (s)he will write exclusively on the topic and be considered the GIC Science Fiction expert; as such, (s)he will be the first writer contacted when editors receive new science fiction ARCs and other related assignments.

In your application, please list the 5 most recent science fiction novels you’ve read.  If applicable, include any prior experience you have writing interviews, especially interviews with authors.

Fantasy Reviewer

Breath of Eart by Beth Cato August 2016 Harper Voyager coverThe Fantasy Reviewer will write 1+ monthly reviews of science fiction novels intended for an audience of any age group.  (S)he will use a NetGalley account as well as any other method to obtain ARCs for review.  The reviewer will be responsible for obtaining at least one galley/ARC per month, though additional ARCs will be provided throughout the year.

We would also prefer a writer who has an active Goodreads account and is familiar with the Groups function on Goodreads, especially in moderating a group.

While the Fantasy Reviewer will not be the only writer composing reviews of science fiction, (s)he will write exclusively on the topic and be considered a GiC Fantasy expert; as such, (s)he will be the first writer contacted when editors receive new fantasy ARCs and other related assignments.

In your application, please list the 5 most recent fantasy novels you’ve read.  If applicable, include any prior experience you have writing interviews, especially interviews with authors.

eBook Reviewer

The eBook Reviewer will write 2+ monthly reviews or articles on speculative fiction titles available exclusively from independent digital publishers.  (S)he will focus on one or more of the following genres of ebooks:

  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Non-Western Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Steampunk

The eBook Reviewer must be comfortable with using NetGalley or personal connections to obtain review copies or be willing to purchase ebooks for review.  This reviewer must own a digital reading device; when applying, please note which digital reader will be in use.

  • This reviewer MUST be able to review fairly without score adjustments for “special circumstances” and submit reviews that fit Girls in Capes’ five-star system.

We would also prefer a writer who has an active Goodreads account and is familiar with the Groups function on Goodreads, especially in moderating a group.

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Gaming Writer

We are currently looking for additional Gaming Writers to write 1+ monthly reviews as well as articles on women, gender, and sexuality in the gaming industry.  (S)he will work closely with an editor to develop monthly articles for Girls in Capes.  While (s)he will not be the only writer working on gaming industry topics, (s)he will write exclusively on the gaming industry.

Gaming Reviewer

The Gaming Reviewer will write 1+ monthly review(s) of games for a specific platform or genre intended for any age group. We are currently interested in game reviews in the following platforms or genres:

  1. XBox One
  2. PlayStation 4
  3. Nintendo Switch
  4. PC/Steam
  5. Mobile (iOS)
  6. Mobile (Android)
  7. Nintendo 3DS
  8. Tabletop
  9. Board Gaming
  10. Card/TCG Gaming

Interested applicants should list the last 5 games in the platform(s) for which they are applying. While we can occasionally provide review copies, this staff position is best for a writer comfortable reviewing borrowed or owned games, or for a writer who feels comfortable pursuing review copies on her/his own.

We are currently most interested in the following platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC/Steam, Card/TCG Gaming.

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Steampunk Writer

The Steampunk Writer will write 1+ monthly articles featuring women in steampunk culture and other topics of interest to GIC readers relating to the steampunk community.  (S)he will work closely with an editor to develop articles and article topics and may act as a liaison between GIC and steampunk groups.  This writer may also work on crossover articles including book reviews and reviews of steampunk or steam-inspired film and video.  While not the only writer working with steampunk, (s)he will be considered the GIC expert on steampunk culture and will be contacted first to work on relevant assignments.

Fashion Writer(s)

We are looking for Fashion Writers to write 1+ monthly articles or features on various fashion or fashion-related trends of interest to GIC readers, primarily female readers 15-35 with an interest in geek culure. They will work closely with the editor to develop column ideas or article ideas.

We are currently interested in finding fashion writers to cover licensed clothing announcements and topics, character-inspired fashion finds either to be found or to be created by the writer, and geeky nail art either in spotlight format or how-to format.

DIY Writer(s)

DIY Writers will write 1+ monthly articles focusing on geeky DIY projects. These articles will have either a how-to format or a collection of inspirational ideas. DIY Writers may write on a variety of project ideas, such as cosplay construction how-to articles or creator spotlights, geek-inspired repurposing, or household DIY projects of interest to GIC readers, such as building themed furniture or creating character-inspired decor.

Content written by Feliza Casano. Last updated March 2017.