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Staff Openings

Thank you for considering joining us!  You’ll find our list of open staff positions below.  (And you don’t have to be a Girl in a Cape to apply.) We’re looking for contributors 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.

These instructions only apply if the listing doesn’t list specific guidelines, so make sure to read the entire listing first.

Send three writing samples of blog posts or news articles to the editor you’re applying to with the position you’re applying for in the subject line.

The body of the e-mail should include your short cover letter. If you have previously published articles, reviews, or blogs online, we prefer direct links to your published work, and otherwise only accept attachments in PDF or DOCX format.

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, Slack team discussion, Disqus commenting moderation system, the WordPress.org platform, and Gravatar. Familiarity with these platforms is a huge plus!

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 we are interested in working with.

Currently, we are actively building our Books section, especially at least one Young Adult Reviewer and an Assistant Books Editor who specializes in young adult speculative fiction; a staff of social media managers; and Comics Columnists, Gaming Writers, and contributors to our new Anime & Manga section.

  • If you’re in the Philadelphia area, Editor in Chief Feliza Casano (editor@girlsincapes.com) is currently seeking an Assistant Editor. Internship applications for 2017 are currently closed.

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.

Social Media Manager

Social Media Managers assist in community-building through our social media channels. 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 are looking for social media managers to help in specific roles:

  • Books: Assist with the Goodreads and Facebook groups; contribute to the Girls in Capes Litsy account; contribute book-related Tumblr posts; contribute book-related Pinterest boards.
  • TV & Film: Assist with Facebook group; contribute TV/film-related Tumblr posts; contribute TV/film-related Pinterest boards.

In your application, include links to applicable social media accounts or groups you have created or moderated in the past along with your areas of focus or general fandoms.

TV & Film Writer

Our TV & Film Writers submit 1+ monthly articles on any movie or TV series, including reviews and episode reaction posts in addition to articles on topics of gender, sexuality, race and more. This writer should be well-versed in TV & film studies and production and have a level of familiarity with diversity issues and discourse in the industry.

We’re most interested in writers to focus on the following:

  • How mainstream movies/shows play a role in our culture, specifically concerning people of color, women, LGBTQ-identifying people, and disabled people
  • The technical and artistic merits of movies/shows in popular culture

Submit your application to TV & Film Editor Jamie Stewart (jstewart@girlsincapes.com) with 3 writing samples and an outline of  your areas of interest and experience.

Indie Film Writer

The Indie Film Writer will submit 1+ monthly articles on any non-major studio release, including reviews as well as articles on topics of gender, sexuality, race and more. This writer should be well versed in film studies and the production of independent films. This writer will be the first contacted for related assignments and special topic articles.

We’re seeking a writer to cover the following topics:

  • Spotlighting minority filmmakers and films concerning minority issues.
  • Exposing non-Hollywood films to a wider audience, including foreign films.
  • The technical and artistic merits of an independent film as compared to others in its genre.

Submit your application to TV & Film Editor Jamie Stewart (jstewart@girlsincapes.com) with 3 writing samples and include any prior experience you have covering film festivals and/or with independent film in general.

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.

Submit your application to TV & Film Editor Jamie Stewart (jstewart@girlsincapes.com) with 3 writing samples and an outline of  your areas of interest and experience.

Streaming Writer

The Streaming Writer will submit 1+ monthly articles on movies and shows that can be found on streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. This writer can post both reviews and listicle suggestions of streaming content. (S)he will focus on:

  • Spotlighting women, POC, LGBTQ+, disabled filmmaker/show runners and films/shows concerning minority issues.
  • Exposing non-Hollywood films and network television to a wider audience, including foreign content.
  • How mainstream movies/shows play a role in our culture, specifically concerning people of color, women, LGBTQ identifying people, and disabled people.
  • The technical and artistic merits of movies/shows in popular culture.

This writer will be the first contacted for related assignments and special topic articles. Submit your application to TV & Film Editor Jamie Stewart (jstewart@girlsincapes.com) with 3 writing samples and an outline of your areas of interest and experience.

Recap Writer

The TV Recap Writer will submit as a recap article for every episode of the show the writer has chosen. These recaps should consider how the show relates to topics of gender, sexuality, race and more. When the writer’s chosen show(s) are off season, they can operate as a general TV & Film writer. Some shows we’re interested in recapping are:

  • Supergirl – The CW
  • Scandal – ABC
  • Doctor Who – BBC
  • Black-ish – ABC
  • Fresh Off The Boat – ABC
  • The Expanse – Syfy
  • Into the Badlands – AMC

Any shows you’d like to pitch for consideration! Submit your application to TV & Film Editor Jamie Stewart (jstewart@girlsincapes.com) with 3 writing samples and at least one show you’re interested in recapping.

Young Adult Reviewer

The 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

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.

Assistant Section Editor

The Assistant Books Editor is responsible for assisting in editing reviews, list-style articles, and/or other types of articles within the Books section. (S)he will communicate and/or meet with the editor in chief 1-2 times per month to go over tasks, the section’s editorial calendar, and any other additional questions.

The assistant section editor will also write at least one article per month, which may include a review, a column, or an analysis/trend piece within her or his section. We are interested in bringing on an assistant books editor who can contribute to the following social media/marketing aspects at Girls in Capes:

  • Assisting in managing and contributing to our Goodreads group and Facebook group (Girls in Capes Books)
  • Potentially assisting with/moderating an in-person meetup related to the Girls in Capes Book Club (link)
  • Assisting in Twitter events and campaigns related to books/Book Twitter
  • Assisting with book-related Tumblr posts

We are currently most interested in bringing on an assistant books editor who specializes in young adult books, especially young adult speculative fiction, and would like to have an editor with an awareness of diversity issues and discourse within book publishing, particularly black representation in book publishing.

In your application, please include the 10 books you have read most recently, the approximate number of books you read per year, a list of genres you focus in or are knowledgeable about, and 5-10 upcoming titles you’re excited about.

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. We’re interested in columns to potentially cover the following topics:

  • Comics by black creators
  • Indie/creator-owned comics
  • A writer to take over the It Came from the Web columb (web comics list around a theme)
  • Women in comics
  • LGBTQ comics

To apply, please submit a resume, 3 writing samples, and proposal for your column to editor@girlsincapes.com.

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.

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.

We are also interested in writers who participate in the gaming community via streaming or YouTube channel. Writers interested in creating written content for Girls in Capes that goes along with video content on their personal channels are welcome.

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.

Manga Reviewer

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The 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.

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 2 August 2017.