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smoke and mold is looking for readers



We're looking for readers to join our team to help us read and respond to submissions in a timely manner. As a team, we prioritize open communication, horizontal leadership, flexibility, and a commitment to disassembling business-as-usual in lit mag publishing (we have an extinction date, after all). Please read the description below, and if you're interested, send us an email at with a little bit about yourself and why you're interested in what we do. We look forward to meeting you!

Some things to know about how we work, engagement and workflow expectations, and our annual schedule:


  • We publish two issues each year, one in the spring around April/May, and one in fall around Oct/Nov. Right now we also have a rolling submissions period open for our Translation issue ACROSS / WITH / THROUGH, to be published in 2023. 

  • Submissions typically stay open for 2 weeks, with the option to extend them for an additional week if we want to solicit more work. Our last submissions period brought in four times as many submissions as we'd ever received before, so it's tough to say how many we'll receive each time! But we'll be bringing on several readers at the same time so we can spread the wealth between readers and editors to ensure no one is too overwhelmed.

  • Number of pieces read per week will vary month to month. You might be assigned to read anywhere from 3-8 pieces over the course of 2-3 weeks once submissions close, and provide feedback in our shared editorial spreadsheet. Outside of submissions periods you may go a month or two without any submissions to read. We're a small journal and so we try to be flexible with time constraints; this is just my best guess of how this would shake out based on the submissions we've received in the past. 

  • On engagement, we ask that you read the piece with an open mind toward form, genre, experimentation, and play as they relate to our mission as a journal dedicated to trans nature writing. We'll ask you for a few sentences on your overall opinion of the submission, and a recommendation as to whether you think the piece fits with the journal, and if we should publish it (Yes or No). Our issues are small, with each publishing a maximum of 4-8 pieces, and so we'll weigh reader comments very seriously when deciding what to include. 

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