There are no job openings at this time.
Interns perform a variety of duties, most of which are clerical in nature. During the internship, interns are encouraged to explore the extensive collection of children’s books in the office and ask many questions. Involvement with the production of Horn Book publications and the accessibility of the Horn Book staff provide an exceptional educational opportunity for those with a specific interest in children’s literature.
Editorial interns posted with The Horn Book Magazine and The Horn Book Guide assist with managing incoming books, distributing books to reviewers, shelving books in the office collection, filing reviews, maintaining the Horn Book Guide database, occasional light typing and proofreading, mailing out complimentary issues, reading and critiquing books under consideration for review, and fact-checking articles and reviews.
A design internship is also available and involves assisting Lolly Robinson (designer/webmaster) with design and scanning for the Horn Book Magazine, Horn Book Guide, newsletter, and website. Prior experience with Photoshop and InDesign are useful, but not essential.
The Horn Book, Inc. offers internships for the spring, summer, and fall terms. Hours may vary according to the needs of the intern and Horn Book staff, but are generally approximately 12 hours per week. Longer hours are considered on a case-by-case basis for students who need them for school credit.
All Horn Book internships are unpaid. Applicants should have a strong interest in children’s literature and should review at least one recent issue of The Horn Book Magazine before applying. Cover letter and resume should be e-mailed to Cynthia K. Ritter (critter at hbook.com) or sent to her at The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129.
Spring term internships: November 15
Summer term internships: April 15
Fall term internships: July 15
If you are a teacher and would like to write for Lolly’s Classroom, our blog about using trade books for children in educational settings, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lolly Robinson (lrobinson at hbook.com).
The Horn Book Magazine very rarely hires freelance reviewers but The Horn Book Guide has occasional openings and does accept applications from experienced writers. Cover letter, resume, and relevant writing samples should be sent to The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129.
Potential contributors are advised to have a solid familiarity with The Horn Book Magazine before submitting manuscripts. Articles submitted should be of a critical nature on some aspect of children’s literature and should be no longer than 2000 words in length. Please allow four months for a decision on acceptance. Payment is received upon publication. The magazine does not publish fiction, nor does it publish work by children. To submit an article on hard copy or disk, mail to The Horn Book, Inc., 56 Roland Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02129. Submissions may also be sent via email to magazine at hbook.com.