Call for Applications: Cynsations Intern

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Applications are invited for an intern to assist in the production of Cynsations and associated web-/social media for October to March of 2017. It may also include author event and manuscript research support.

Duties would include assistance with:

  • coordinating, conducting and formatting interviews, guest posts, and announcements that tie into the children’s-YA literature, writing, illustration, publishing, educational and gatekeeper communities; 
  • promoting all of the above; 
  • updating Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Children’s Literature Resources and related social media channels.

The internship is non-paid, however, it will include a custom-tailored professional and creative advisory program, the specifics of which would depend on individual needs and interests.

In addition, the intern would be promoted across the platform. Note: realism and fantasy, children’s-YA fiction writers only. No currently enrolled MFA students.

The opportuity is ideal for children’s-YA writers who are not-yet-published but have been steadily writing and pursuing craft-building opportunities (such as SCBWI or Highlights workshops, a completed MFA, classes, etc.) as well as new voices, and/or writers with a history of publication who’re looking to shift age-level and/or genre focus, want to take craft to the next level, and/or are interested in building marketing skills and savvy.

Between Sept. 11 and Sept. 30, please email cynthia at with a 500-word statement of interest that touches on:

  • commitment to the youth literature, its conversations and community;
  • study in the craft of writing for young readers;
  • social media savvy.

Please include relevant links. References and/or interest in diverse (defined broadly) youth literature also are especially welcome and should be mentioned.

Thank you for your consideration!