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December 11, 2014

Editor-in-Chief, SAD Mag

SAD Mag is look­ing for a new Editor-in-Chief!

SAD Mag (Sto­ries, Art & Design) is a Vancouver-based quar­terly mag­a­zine cov­er­ing arts & cul­ture, pub­lish­ing the pho­tog­ra­phy, designs and writ­ing of some of our great­est local creatives.

Founded in 2009, Sad Mag has pub­lished eigh­teen issues and gained a loyal read­er­ship in Van­cou­ver and beyond. We are cur­rently seek­ing a tal­ented, cre­ative indi­vid­ual to take over the role of Editor-in-Chief. This is a great learn­ing oppor­tu­nity for an aspir­ing mag­a­zine edi­tor or writer, with a flex­i­ble time com­mit­ment suit­able for a stu­dent or per­son with another job.

The Editor-in-Chief works closely with the Lead Designer and Cre­ative Direc­tor to pro­duce each issue of the magazine.

Duties include:

  • Deter­min­ing the theme for each issue and plan­ning fea­tures, inter­views, and short pieces
  • Recruit­ing writ­ers and assign­ing pieces
  • Review­ing and respond­ing to sub­mis­sions and pitches
  • Along with the Cre­ative Direc­tor, plan­ning dead­lines for sub­mis­sions, edit­ing and print
  • Attend­ing com­mu­nity events to pro­mote the work of Sad Mag
  • Work­ing with the Web Editor(s) to coor­di­nate online pro­mo­tion of issue content
  • Edit­ing pieces for style, con­tent, length and grammar
  • Pro­vid­ing feed­back to writ­ers in a timely and pro­fes­sional fashion
  • Work­ing with copy editors
  • Attend­ing reg­u­lar plan­ning and pro­duc­tion meetings


  • Must be based in Van­cou­ver, BC
  • It goes with­out say­ing, but excel­lent Eng­lish spelling & gram­mar are required!
  • Prefer­ably some expe­ri­ence with print mag­a­zines, in a writ­ing or edit­ing capacity
  • Knowl­edge of the Van­cou­ver arts & cul­ture scene
  • Famil­iar­ity with Sad Mag is a bonus
  • The abil­ity to com­mit for a full print year (3–4 issues) is strongly preferred

Perks & Compensation

The editor-in-chief will receive an hon­o­rar­ium of $300 per issue. You can also expect some other perks & oppor­tu­ni­ties, including:

  • Men­tor­ship and sup­port from pre­vi­ous Sad Mag editors
  • Cama­raderie with the truly incred­i­ble team of Sad Mag staff
  • Indus­try connections
  • An oppor­tu­nity to gain expe­ri­ence and skills as an editor
  • Cre­ative input on an estab­lished, excit­ing young publication
  • We also throw great parties

Time Com­mit­ment:

As the Sad Mag editor-in-chief, you can expect to com­mit a few hours weekly to email and in-person issue plan­ning. Dur­ing plan­ning and pro­duc­tion, the time com­mit­ment is closer to 8–10 hours a week. The major­ity of work is on your own sched­ule, coor­di­nat­ing with the Cre­ative Direc­tor and Lead Designer as nec­es­sary. We would be happy to dis­cuss how each issue is pro­duced with inter­ested applicants!

This posi­tion is great for some­one with a flex­i­ble sched­ule and an inter­est in work­ing with writ­ers and on print mag­a­zines. Appli­cants who iden­tify as POC or queer are espe­cially encour­aged to apply, as Sad Mag is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing diver­sity in the Van­cou­ver pub­lish­ing industry.

Please apply with a cover let­ter (in the body of an email is fine) and a port­fo­lio, includ­ing a min­i­mum of three writ­ten pieces, to Michelle at Please include the sub­ject line “Appli­ca­tion for Editor-in-Chief”.

The out­go­ing editor-in-chief will men­tor the suc­cess­ful appli­cant for a full issue pro­duc­tion cycle, which will serve as a pro­ba­tion period.

Clos­ing date: Jan­u­ary 3rd, 2015.

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