The Ex-Puritan is unique in its approach to our poetry section: we’ve published some of the leading contemporary Canadian poets alongside new and emerging writers who have later helped to shape Canada’s literary conversation. For the first time since 2016, we are looking for a dedicated individual to continue this legacy and transition into our poetry department starting with our Winter 2024 issue (beginning in December 2023).


  • Work with the Managing Editor to ensure there is a team of sufficient readers to help with managing the submissions.
  • Review all upvoted submissions to select work by between 5–10 poets per issue.
  • Solicit poetry when necessary.
  • Send out acceptance and rejection emails prior to the publication of the next issue.
  • Actively work to diversify the demographic of poets, prioritizing work from disabled writers, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ writers, and other marginalized writers.
  • Edit accepted pieces and coordinate with the authors to meet the publishing deadline.
  • Attend and participate in regular masthead meetings.


  • Multiple years of experience as a working poet
  • Knowledge of and interest in contemporary Canadian literature, literary communities, and magazine publishing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS programs and Google mail/docs
  • The ability to meet strict deadlines
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the magazine, its history, and the work it publishes, then send a cover letter and resume (or CV) as .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment to [email protected]. Cover letters should answer the following questions: 1) If you're familiar with recent issues of the Ex-Puritan, what—in your own opinion as an editor, as a reader, as a poet—is wrong with the poetry section, and what would you do about it? 2) What experience do you have as an editor? 3) What knowledge do you have of the current Canadian poetry scene? and 4) What experience makes you specifically suited for a role as a Poetry Editor?

This is a volunteer position, currently receiving a $250 honorarium per quarterly issue ($1000/year).

The Ex-Puritan is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and prioritizes applications from candidates who identify with historically marginalized groups and underserved communities. First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples or Indigenous peoples of North America are strongly encouraged to apply as well as racialized people, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. If you require any accommodations during the application and hiring process, please let us know.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Deadline to apply is November 3, 2023.

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