London-based Brittlers! We found an opportunity we’d like to call to your attention.

Wasafiri Magazine offers global literary content that includes Africa-related writing. They are looking for a Deputy Editor, and we’d love it to be you, if working for a magazine is one of your professional dreams.

Deadline is August 1.

See below to find out how to apply.

Good luck!

[PLEASE NOTE:  Brittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this vacancy. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify the validity of this job application. Do not address any inquiry to us. Use the contact details included in the advertisement. Thank you. ]


Vacancy: Deputy Editor at Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing

Wasafiri is a quarterly magazine for contemporary international literature. Currently based in London, the magazine publishes essays, interviews, fiction and poetry by leading as well as up-and-coming writers from diasporic communities around the world. The magazine holds an annual new writing prize, has several partnerships and runs a regular programme of national and international events. Wasafiri is currently hosted by the Open University and funded by Arts Council, England and Routledge, the magazine’s co-publisher. It is renowned for its ground-breaking work in drawing attention to contemporary international writing, as well as the role it has long played in profiling black, Asian and other diasporic artists in Britain.

For more information please consult our website at

The position of Deputy Editor offers an exciting opportunity for an outstanding Arts professional to take a leading role within a small in-house team. You will play a central role in shaping the magazine’s future vision and take the lead in delivering its publishing and arts programme. The post holder will be expected to help develop Wasafiri’s established profile both within and outside the UK. The Deputy Editor will work under the direction of Founding Editor Susheila Nasta and will report to Wasafiri’s Board of Trustees.

Main duties and responsibilities

The successful applicant will provide leadership and oversight for the following areas of activity: publications, events, partnerships and funding. The work will involve:

(a) planning, commissioning, delivering and quality controlling four issues of the magazine per year;

(b) managing the relationships with current stakeholders and partners, as well as identifying and developing future partnership opportunities;

(c) developing and strengthening the vision, profile and success of Wasafiri as a part of a highly effective team;

(d) leading a review of processes and practices;

(e) ensuring effective engagement points for the board, partners and stakeholders.

This freelance position will involve a commitment of three days (21 hours) each week. Payment will be according to experience and background but will be in the region of pro rata £20-23K per annum. The three working days will normally be spent in the Wasafiri office though there is some flexibility on this.

Only candidates with permission to work in the UK can apply.

Please send a covering letter with full CV and two references to the Editorial Manager, Teresa Palmiero: . Please also consult the magazine’s website for further information about the organisation.  Any specific queries regarding this post should be addressed to the Editor, Susheila PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for applications has been extended from 25 July to 1st August 2016. We are hoping for a start date in early October at the latest.

Wasafiri is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we welcome applications from all members of the community.

— Wasafiri website.


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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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