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Nine Arches Press is a publisher of exciting, diverse and adventurous poetry and is keen to play its part in developing the skills of future publishers in our region. The Nine Arches Press Future Publishers internship aims to encourage and develop the publishing industry in the West Midlands and encourage and support new candidates from a range of diverse backgrounds to enter the sector.

The Future Publishers scheme is a paid internship and offers 14 days work and experience in our office in Rugby, Warwickshire over a period of three months, to be worked between December 2019 and March 2020. It includes a daily travel allowance of up to £25.00 and is paid at the National Living Wage rate of £9.00p/h.

The internship will provide an insight into publishing and editing, with a chance for the intern to join our small but friendly team and learn about the process of making a book, from start to finish, including the submissions process, editing, and production, marketing and publicity. It will also include a chance to experience our lively events programme and outreach work, including our Dynamo and Primers schemes. The intern will have the opportunity to work directly with our poets and partners and learn about the wider opportunities for work within our region and creative sector, whilst also learning valuable skills.



Nine Arches Press are an independent publisher based in the West Midlands and founded in 2008. We publish a lively, diverse and adventurous selection of contemporary poetry collections, anthologies and creative writing handbooks, and the magazine Under the Radar. Our books have been recognised in shortlists and longlists for the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, Jhalak Prize, The Portico Prize, Michael Murphy Poetry Prize, the Michael Marks Pamphlet Prize, and have been awarded the Sabotage Awards for Most Innovative Publisher.

Nine Arches Press also actively supports and develops new talent in poetry and runs the Dynamo poetry mentoring scheme, host the WordPlay live poetry series at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and the Primers poetry scheme, which offers publishing and mentoring to three emerging poets every year.

In 2018, Nine Arches Press joined the Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations (NPO). We are committed to excellence in poetry and to sharing poetry with new and stablished audiences alike.



We are looking for someone who:

  • Is hard working, well organised and enthusiastic
  • Is a good communicator who enjoys working on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • Has good knowledge of contemporary literature; interest in poetry is an additional advantage
  • Is Computer literature and familiar with using Word, Excel, and social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Can demonstrate a keen interest in working in publishing or literature sector.
  • Is willing to take on a variety of tasks and join us to work in our office and at events and in editorial sessions off site with our writers


Our Commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity

The Creative Case for Diversity is a key part of the Arts Council England strategy and Nine Arches Press are committed to it as a National Portfolio Organisation.  Arts Council England define the Creative Case for Diversity as:

a way of exploring how arts and cultural organisations and artists can enrich the work they do by embracing a wide range of influences and practices. We believe that embracing the Creative Case helps arts and cultural organisations not only enrich their work, but also address other challenges and opportunities in audience development, public engagement, workforce and leadership, and collections development in museums.”

We believe that the arts, literature and particularly publishing can only make progressive and positive change if the people working in these sectors are also more representative of the diversity of contemporary Britain. We are also keen to develop our region as a place of creative excellence for publishing and literature and recognise that Nine Arches Press has an active role to play in making change.

In line with our commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity, we are strongly encouraging applicants to the Future Publishers scheme from backgrounds that have not previously been well represented in publishing, including applicants from; BAME, LGBTQ+, D/deaf or Disabled and/or those from low income / working class backgrounds. We are also strongly encouraging applications from candidates based within the wider Midlands area region.

Interns do not have to have a degree or have attended university to apply. We welcome applications from all ages over the age 18 and from people who are returning to work, changing careers or looking to balance the internship around other commitments.




Please send an email to Nine Arches Press at including the following as attachments: 

  • A covering letter that outlines how you meet our Candidate Specification and the Creative Case for Diversity.
  • 500 words max on why you want to work in the publishing industry.
  • 300 words max on your knowledge and your interest in literature and, if applicable poetry.
  • Short CV – no more than two pages of A4.

Deadline for applications is midnight Monday 18th November 2019.

If you have any queries about the role, please email Jane Commane at



Please note that interviews will take place on Wednesday 27th November 2019.


Terms and conditions

  • The closing date for the submission of applications is midnight on Monday 18th November 2019 and must be made via email only. Applications that are received after the deadline will be disqualified, as will any incomplete applications.
  • Applications will be considered by a panel of Nine Arches staff and Advisory board members, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Wednesday 27th November 2019. Please make sure you can be available for interview on this date.
  • Nine Arches Press cannot enter into correspondence or give feedback on individual entries unless the candidates are shortlisted for interview. Interviewees may request feedback.
  • The successful applicant will be notified by email by November 29th 2019.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel and work in our office in Rugby, Warwickshire, and undertake some travel to events or meetings. Travel expenses for work will be covered, and addition commuting will be subsided to the maximum value of £25 p/day.
  • The internship is designed to be a regular day a week in our office, 9am to 5pm, but is flexible and we are open to working the hours around the successful candidate’s commitments.
  • The internship will take place between 1st December 2019 – 31st March 2020 with start dates to be agreed post-interview.
  • Please note that our office is a fully disabled accessible workplace.
  • In the case of unforeseen circumstances or events beyond our control, we reserve the right to change, alter or suspend the Future Publishers scheme.
  • Any personal information or data will only be used in connection with the applications for the scheme, and once an applicant is successfully recruited, all personal data and information will be disposed of securely and will not be retained.
  • In applying for the Nine Arches Press Future Publishers scheme, applicants agree to accept and abide by these terms and conditions.


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