Nightboat Books, a nonprofit organization, seeks to develop audiences for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries, by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk.

Nightboat Books Internship Program

The Nightboat Books team is pleased to announce our open call for the Spring 2022 independent publishing internship program based in Brooklyn, NY! The program is designed to engage interns in all aspects of literary publishing: editorial, marketing, publicity, direct sales, online and community engagement, fundraising and development, and other aspects of the publishing industry. This program is designed to be a dynamic experience, offering the intern a valuable overview of publishing, while also getting opportunities to focus on assignments that interest them. The selected intern will be paid $15 an hour, receive free books, mentorship, professional recommendations & a jumping off point for a career in independent, literary publishing. The program will last from the beginning of January to mid-May.

Nightboat Books, a nonprofit organization, seeks to develop audiences for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries, by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk. We are committed to publishing complicated work by a diverse group of writers. We encourage people of all backgrounds, ages, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses to apply.


  • 10 hours a week, partly remote and partly in person (following safety guidelines) at our Greenpoint office, for approximately 3 months
  • Support creation and maintenance of digital content, including the Nightboat website, blog, newsletter, social media, and more
  • Work on direct fulfillment sales 
  • Support in planning book launch events and logistics such as venue, lineup and promotion
  • Proofread, copyedit and fact check manuscripts and publicity packets
  • Conduct research on reviewers, magazines, venues
  • Read our forthcoming books and draft pitches for outlets
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including preparing and executing book mailings, maintaining database records, copying, filing, and sorting mail
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings


  • Live in New York and can travel to Greenpoint once a week
  • Passionate commitment to literature and desire to support Nightboat authors
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team while on a deadline
  • Creative problem solving abilities as well as excitement about the fast paced world of publishing
  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, any audio or video editing tools, photography, and videography are helpful, but not required

Starting on September 1st, Nightboat Books invites submissions to the 2021 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2021 Nightboat Poetry Manuscript Reading Period.

The editors will select up to four winners. The winning poet(s) receive $1,000, a standard royalty contract, and 25 free copies of the published book.

Judges/Nightboat Editorial Board:
Lindsey Boldt, Jaye Elizabeth Elijah, Gia Gonzales, Caelan Ernest Nardone, and Stephen Motika.

Please carefully follow the submission instructions. Thanks!

DEADLINE: November 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Complete Guidelines:
ELIGIBILITY: Any poet writing in English. Previous book publication is not a consideration for eligibility. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Original work only; translations are ineligible.
FORMAT: 48 to 90 pages (suggested length, manuscripts may be longer or shorter), paginated. Please include title page, tables of contents, and acknowledgments page.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify Nightboat Books immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable. Each manuscript must be submitted separately, each with a separate entry fee..
INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: We accept International Submissions.
REVISIONS: The winner will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.
ENTRY FEE: A $28 entry fee to be considered for both the Nightboat Poetry Prize and for publication by Nightboat Books. This fee goes towards fairly compensating screeners, readers, and editors for their work. In the event that the judges do not select a winner, all reading fees will be returned
DEADLINE: November 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Winner will be announced by April 1, 2022. Winning collection to be published Spring 2023.
Please submit here. (We're no longer accepting hardcopy submissions to the Nightboat Poetry Prize or the Nightboat Poetry Manuscript Reading Period.)

MORE INFO: Email questions/comments to info AT, but please do not send your manuscript to this email address.

Thanks and Good Luck! We look very forward to receiving your work.

Community of Literary Magazines & Presses Contest Code of Ethics
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

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