Lana Hughes has been appointed editorial intern at independent press flipped eye.
Joining on Monday 26th July, Hughes will receive hands-on editorial training and will be tasked with discovering new voices from the next generation of writers, working closely with the team from acquisition right through to publication.
Her brief will include reading and evaluating submissions; learning about fact-checking and copy editing; gaining an introduction about sequential and structural editing; briefing covers and writing blurbs and cover copy; and gaining industry-trend awareness through research on emerging poets and published collections.
An artist and writer from Hertfordshire, Hughes studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, where she developed a particular interest in poetry and video art. Her reading and research interests include science fiction, pop culture, cultural criticism, comedy and the uncanny. An author herself, her first poetry pamphlet Sylvie Siren and Other Poems was published by Zarf Editions in 2019.
The publisher purposefully sought an intern from a "non-traditional" editing background, in keeping with all its current editors, none of whom trained within the "publishing establishment", the press has said.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes, director and senior editor at flipped eye, said: “We are really excited to welcome Lana as our new editorial intern next week. Given our not-for-profit and development ethos, we continually seek to make positive change where we can. Opportunities like this are made possible by the rights income from deals such as the one we have recently done with Warsan Shire. This income allows us to continue to reshape the publishing industry, by giving entry-level opportunities to non-traditional entrants.”
Hughes said: “I'm thrilled to be joining flipped eye as an editorial intern. I'm excited by flipped eye's approach to publishing and I'm looking forward to working with the team, learning as much as I can about editing and the publishing industry.”