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Publishing Internship

Brilliant opportunity for someone passionate about the arts and literature

London Living Wage

Application deadline: January 16th 2019

Granta Books is an independent publisher of literary fiction, memoir, travel writing, poetry and reportage. Their list includes prize-winning titles by international luminaries such as Han Kan, Eleanor Catton, Gwendoline Riley, Barbara Demick, Ben Lerner, Margo Jefferson and many others. They are known for the quality and critical acclaim of their titles, and for the boldness of their publishing.

They are seeking a conscientious and creative individual, for a full-time traineeship starting in February 2019. This internship offers the opportunity to work closely on all aspects of the publishing business in order to learn what is involved in taking a book from manuscript to bestseller. The Intern will work primarily between the Editorial and Campaigns departments; and will have the opportunity to shadow members from different departments, and will attend meetings with agents, booksellers and journalists to develop a holistic view of a publishing house.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic individual with an interest in pursuing a career in publishing to gain an insight into the field and develop their skills.



Reading and concisely evaluating submissions

Attending and participating in meetings

Learning to write cover copy

Meeting with agents, authors, journalists and book buyers


Contributing to the Granta Books social-media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Press cuttings, filing and quote pulling

Learning to write press releases


Reception cover

Retrieve and organise post


Excellent attention to detail (e.g. grammar, spelling, style, consistency, accuracy).

Fluency in all Microsoft Office programs, and in various social media platforms

The capacity to write clear, effective copy text

Initiative and the ability to work independently

Good interpersonal and teamwork skills

Candidates must be keen readers of literary fiction and non-fiction,

A genuine interest in literature and the arts

The candidate must have completed, or be entering the final year of, an undergraduate degree


Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will NOT be accepted)

This internship is only open to candidates from a BAME and lower socio-economic background

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.

Granta Books

London SE1 9LT

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