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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 special folios of online work, mentor students serving as Readers, and contribute their voices to the journal through special projects and professional development.


MQR provides paid internships for undergraduate students each term.

An Editorial Assistant to help MQR’s management administer the magazine’s business and in its production process. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting with research, correspondence, billing, contracts, and events. This is an opportunity for a student completing coursework in the University of Michigan English Department to gain experience in literary publishing. 

An Outreach and Marketing Assistant to support the online editor with social media and marketing strategies. Duties include, but are not limited to, composing and designing social media posts, communicating with peer journals, assisting with events, and analyzing marketing and promotional data and strategy. This is an opportunity for a student completing coursework in English and/or Communications at the University of Michigan.

MQR is also proud to 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