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Apply year-round!

Sarabande's internship program now offers six-month internships during our spring and fall seasons (January-June and July-December). We accept up to three interns each season. Interns who complete our program gain the skills, references, and experience to launch their career in publishing. 

Each intern will work closely with one of four major departments but will receive comprehensive exposure to Editorial, Marketing, Development, and Programming.

Responsibilities may include: 

  • Follow production process from manuscript acceptance to finished book.
  • Assist with marketing and outreach initiatives.
  • Assist in planning local events and readings.
  • Update our website and blog and create monthly e-newsletter.
  • Proofread manuscripts and publicity materials.
  • Organize contest submissions and respond to guideline requests.
  • Help with grant research.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings.
  • Meet with editor-in-chief and managing editor.
  • Perform daily office duties, including mailings, answering email and phone, data entry, errands.

Interns work from our Louisville office 11am-4pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Interns will also be expected to work up to two local events per month (book festivals, conferences, fundraising events) that may land on weekends or evenings. Please only apply if you have reliable transportation. This internship is unpaid, but we highly encourage students to apply for college credit and funding. We will do our best to work with your university's for-credit requirements.  

When you apply, you will be asked for:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Sarabande Books
  • Your resume
  • Your top fifteen contemporary books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (in any combination)

We accept internship applications year-round through our online submission manager and fill positions on a rolling basis.

Fill out the form below to let us know you're interested in attending this six-week workshop series! Please note: signing up does not guarantee a spot in the workshop. Class size is limited to eight. We will notify all participants of their acceptance by June 24. 

Workshop information:

When: Saturdays, July 13 - August 17, from 10-11:30am AND Tuesdays, July 9 - August 13, 6:30-8pm (indicate your availability on the application form)

Where: South Central Regional Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd, 40219 (Saturdays), and Sarabande offices, 822 E. Market St, 40206 (Tuesdays)

Who: This workshop is open to women, femmes, and non-binary folks. 

Cost: free 

About this workshop:

"You Through the Prism: Writing Personal Essays About Who You Are & Who They Think You Are"

A Sarabande Writing Labs Series, taught by Minda Honey

In this 6-week essay-writing series presented by Sarabande Writing Labs,  Minda Honey will lead writers in exploring their identity from several different angles. This series of classes will culminate with the 8 writers participating submitting a 700-word personal essay to be included in an anthology published by Sarabande Writing Labs with a public reading to follow.

The first four weeks will be spent reading and discussing an essay each week followed by a short writing exercise to get your creativity flowing. The last two weeks, participants will share the first draft of their essays for feedback and support from their peers. You will have an opportunity to work with Minda one-on-one on your revisions before your essay is published.

Saturday workshops will take place at Louisville South Central Regional Library: 7300 Jefferson Blvd, Louisville, KY 40219. Tuesday workshops will be held at the Sarabande publishing offices: 822 E. Market St, 2nd floor, Louisville, KY, 40206.

Minda Honey holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside where she worked on her memoir-in-progress, An Anthology of Assholes. She has led memoir workshops in the community as a Gluck Fellow, at the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, the Speed Art Museum, for Louisville Literary Arts, the Inlandia Institute and as the South Central Regional Library's March Artist-in-Residence. She is the incoming director of the BFA in Creative Writing Program at Spalding University. Her writing has been featured on Longreads the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Oxford American, and she is  the LEO Weekly's relationship advice columnist.

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