This semester, I’ll have the pleasure of interning with the Santa Fe Writers Project, the independent press baby of Andrew Gifford. SFWP publishes books as well as a quarterly literary journal and is located, unsurprisingly, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In all honesty, that gave me some anxiety at first, that it calls a place I’ve never been home, and I was worried that I wouldn’t possess the right personality or tools to fit the bill. After digging into Andrew, though, and familiarizing myself with SFWP, I feel much more at ease about it. My internship will be a remote one, and I’m interested in seeing the logistics of how that will play out.
I know that this should be an internship focused on the publishing side of things, but I think I am most interested in the opportunity to read submissions and hope I will get the chance to. It would be good to be exposed to such a broad range of writing styles and subjects, and I would like to have a more intimate understanding of how pieces are chosen. I’m a little anxious about other tasks I might be asked to take on. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and am afraid within the short period of time we have in our placements that I will just be getting the hang of things when it’s time to check out for the semester.