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Readerships & Internships


As the flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, MQR draws on lively minds here and elsewhere, seeking to present accessible work of all varieties for sophisticated readers from within and without the academy. To this end, MQR provides paid opportunities for students in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan to serve as first readers of submissions. Readers are mostly expected to read submissions per the guidelines set by the editor-in-chief, genre editors, and the managing editor. In addition to reading submissions, there are opportunities to work on administrative and editorial projects in both the online and print issues, depending on the changing needs of the magazine at a given time. Readers have the chance to gain insight into how to run a literary magazine, contribute their voice to the online and print editions, and cultivate their knowledge of literary publishing. MQR is also dedicated to fostering the specific interests of each Reader, compensating them for their work, providing training and professional development opportunities, and furthering their career in the literary world.

Assistant Editors

Graduates of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program who receive a Zell Fellowship to continue their writing work in Ann Arbor are eligible to serve as Assistant Editors at MQR. Assistant Editors who have worked with the journal during the previous two years have the opportunity to curate issues of Mixtape, MQR‘s online offshoot, mentor students serving as Readers, and contribute their voices to the journal through special projects and professional development.

Opportunities for Graduate Students

MQR provides professional experiences to PhD students in the University of Michigan’s Department of English. Past special projects have included serving as MQR’s Nonfiction Editor, serving as Education Editor, and writing grants for the journal. Interested students should reach out to the managing editor at


MQR provides internships for undergraduate students each term.

We are currently seeking applications for a summer Editorial and Marketing Assistant. Please see the posting below and apply with a cover letter and CV to by March 15th 2020.

MQR is seeking an Editorial & Marketing Assistant to help support MQR’s production and marketing efforts. Duties will alternate among the following tasks according to need 8 hours a week.

  • Handle correspondence including special mailing projects
  • Assist in maintaining subscription and contributor databases
  • Fill online orders
  • Assist with managing submissions on Submittable
  • Assist in preparing author contracts
  • Conduct research projects related to magazine content
  • Respond to mailed submissions
  • Upload print and archival content into Word Press for the MQR website
  • Select excerpts and public domain images for the MQR website and social media
  • Assist in other publication-related tasks and arrangements
  • Help staff and promote events
  • Assist Online Editor with carrying out social media strategy across various platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook via Hootsuite.
  • Monitor social and google analytics to identify trends and growth opportunities.
  • Work with MQR editors to help market the magazine to three discrete groups: national audience; regional (Midwest) audience; and local (Ann Arbor) audience. Opportunities may include AWP, alumni newsletters, Hopwood newsletters, libraries, Parents’ Week, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Ann Arbor Art Center, Kerrytown Bookfest, Top of the Park, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the magazine editor.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate student at the University of Michigan
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong social media skills; must have familiarity with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Hootsuite
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong follow up skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and set priorities
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Programs and G-Suite
  • Enthusiasm for the literary Arts

Desired Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for the literary arts.
  • Editorial or journalism experience.
  • Proficiency in WordPress
  • Understanding of Google Analytics
  • Understanding of Photoshop, InDesign, Canva, or similar programs

We are proud to also work with the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

To apply to these opportunities or for more information reach out to MQR at