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Industry:Book Publishing
Contract Type:Internship/traineeship
Salary or training bursary: £23,000 per annum
12 months
Positive Action Scheme
Apply by:03/08/2021 - 17:00
Start date:September 2021

Editorial Assistant

Always have your nose in a book? Why not take your passion for reading to Canongate and join them as an Editorial Assistant?

Since 1973 Canongate has worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, exciting voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing… Along the way there have been landmarks of fiction – including Alasdair Gray’s masterpiece Lanark, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the best-ever-selling Booker winner – and non-fiction too – from Barack Obama’s memoir Dreams From My Father to Samin Nosrat’s new cookery classic Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. They’ve also won Publisher of the Year twice.

Canongate is looking for an Editorial Assistant to join their editorial team for a 12-month internship! You will report to their Editor-at-Large Ellah Wakatama and will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the publishing process, with a particular focus on editorial. You will also have the chance to shadow members of other teams, including Production, Campaigns, Rights and Sales.

What you will learn

  • Assisting Editor-at-Large with her day-to-day work: liaising with internal staff across departments as well as with external contacts such as authors and agents, foreign publishers
  • General admin tasks for the wider editorial team as required
  • Reading submissions and writing short reports and rejections
  • Scheduling and minuting meetings
  • Keeping copy, reviews and metadata up to date on Biblio
  • Mail-outs
  • Assisting with drafting copy, jacket briefs and acquisition forms
  • Checking covers and corrections
  • Working with the wider editorial team on making sure external material proofread
  • Vertical handovers
  • Drafting announcements

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • Passion for reading
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent English – good grammar, spelling and fluent command of the language
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Able to respond flexibly to a busy workload and multiple deadlines
  • Confident communication skills and ability to talk about why you love a particular book
  • IT skills such as a working knowledge of Office (especially Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint)


  • Some office experience

To Apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV, cover letter as ONE document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)
  • Once submitted, applications are final
  • Do not contact the company directly

This internship is part-funded by the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund, set up by John Seaton in memory of his wife, Mo, the former Marketing & Communications Director at Neilsen Books.

This opportunity is only open to people from ethnicities underrepresented in publishing.