Join the Team!

Are you passionate about writing? Eager to make your mark in the publishing world? Feeling that little gap in your heart that only working with a strange group of literary gurus can fill? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

TBL offers three internship sessions per year: spring, summer, and fall. For those interested in employment with Tethered by Letters, an internship is the best way to become a full-time TBL staff member.

Please note that TBL only accepts candidates with a dedicated work ethic, a passion for literature, and the ability to work with stringent deadlines. As a global entity, we accept applicants from anywhere with Internet access.

We can coordinate with your university if you’d like to receive academic credit for your work. If you are offered a position, we are happy to add in a little extra work or manipulate the content to cover any curriculum requirements your university might need. Please con­tact us for more information.

Note: Each internship session includes one paid position for a qualified applicant. Interns will only be considered for a paid position if they have previously been published in a  Tethered by Letters publication: F(r)ictionF(r)Online, or Dually Noted. Likewise, we expect applicants for paid internships to be active members and contributors to Tethered by Letters through participation in the website, literary publications, or TBL events.


Spring Publishing Internship


Application Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Internship Dates: January – April 2019

Please forward all inquiries to We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Every fall, TBL offers a twelve-week internship focusing primarily on the publishing and editorial aspects of our organization. The first eight weeks include an extensive training program with our professional editorial staff during which interns learn how to coach writers from first drafts to polished publications. For the remaining four weeks, interns will have the opportunity to work as independent Junior Editors.

TBL Publishing Internships are demanding. Only those passionate about editing should apply. This internship also includes a great deal of reading (books and submissions), generating content for our editorial and marketing departments, and working with publishing houses, literary agencies, celebrity authors, and other literary journals.

The fall internship session will also include a focus on writing. Working with our publishing director, interns will be asked to provide writing samples and will be directed toward the end best suited to their writing abilities. This can include writing reviews, conducting author interviews, contributing to the resource center, and other tasks.

Fall interns will be expected to manage their own publications, write for social media, and contribute to TBL’s plan for world domination. Only a handful of hopefuls can snag an Publishing Internship spot with TBL each year—and only one will successfully secure the paid internship position—so apply early!

Applications for the 2019 Spring Internship Session are now open.

TBL is committed to publishing diverse voices and experiences. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, gender identity and expression, family status, economic background and status, and geographical background. Applicants of color, LGBTQ background, indigenous background, diverse religious beliefs, and significant personal engagement with low-income and/or underserved communities are highly encouraged to apply!

If you’d like to find out if you attend a partnered university, find out more.

If you are interested in applying for the paid or volunteer internship spot, use the below application. Reference letters—but no other component of this application—may be submitted by referrers up to two weeks after the deadline.


Summer Publishing Internship

Application Deadline: April 1st
Internship Dates: April – July 2019

TBL offers a Summer Internship with a primary focus on the publishing and editorial aspects of our organization. Because interns can expect to communicate with emerging and established writers and industry professionals, this internship requires all applicants to possess strong organization and nonfiction writing skills. Interns will also contribute to our educational programs, online publications, and the marketing and distribution of F(r)iction.

Summer Publishing interns are expected to have a serious dedication to learning the ins-and-outs of a publishing career, and will work directly with our Senior Editor and Internship Supervisor, Kaley Kiermayr. All internship positions are eligible for academic credit.

Other Staff Positions

Perhaps the best way to get a job at TBL is to complete a TBL internship. We like to see how peo­ple work with our group before offer­ing part– or full-time employ­ment. That isn’t to say that, every now and then, we don’t offer staff posi­tions right off the bat. If a posi­tion opens up, we will post it here.

Until then, if you are an edi­tor, mar­ket­ing guru, or techno wiz­ard who is dying to join our ranks, email us. You never know. Some­times we are very sus­cep­ti­ble to effu­sive passion.