Guest Editor




Feb 01, 2023


Jan 06, 2023

Mizna seeks a guest editor for its winter 2023 issue, The Cinema Issue. This issue will explore the relationship between moving image-making and writing and what the two practices can offer one another. Topics or forms to explore could include film critique, the history of SWANA cinema, poetry films, analyses of film programming, writing by filmmakers, film archiving, screen plays, audition calls, end/title credits, movie posters, storyboards, title cards, movie tickets, etc.

The guest editor will develop a vision for and be involved in producing a literary journal which explores any or all of these ideas, working closely with the Literary Programs Manager, the Executive Editor, and the Executive/Artistic Director at Mizna. Candidates should have a strong relationship to the SWANA region or diaspora and a deep knowledge of its current cinema and the writing about it. Filmmakers, writers, poets, artists, curators, or thinkers who have an established relationship with SWANA cinema, cinema theory, and/or other forms of moving image are encouraged to apply and describe their vision for the issue.

Develop a vision for The Cinema Issue.
Write or help shape the call for submissions.
Read and score either all or a shortlist of submissions and participate in a selection meeting.
Identify four or five authors, thinkers, filmmakers etc. to commission writing from.
Identify and conduct an interview with a writer, artist, filmmaker, or thinker of your choice.
Some involvement in the production of the journal, including content editing and establishing the order of the selected works.
Select a small number of works to be published digitally on Mizna’s website.
Engage in brainstorming about creative ways to activate the issue.
Be available for readings and discussions once the journal is launched, some likely in-person.
Write a foreword for the issue.

This is a contract position with intermittent stretches of work from March 1, 2023 to February 29, 2024. The stipend for this position is $3000. This position can be done remotely and is open to international candidates.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter briefly describing who they are, their relationship to SWANA cinema and literature, and their vision for the issue. Apply by sending materials to using the subject line “Guest Editor: The Cinema Issue.” Proposals are due by 11:59 pm CT on February 1, 2023.