Join Our Editorial Staff


We invite high school students worldwide to join our Polyphony Lit Editorial Staff. We welcome all experience levels—from beginner to expert.

Editing might just be the best writing and reading education you will ever have: it will advance your literacy skills, give you deep understanding about what a mutually beneficial writer-editor relationship is about, connect you to peers from all over the world, and prepare you for any endeavor where precise communication is valued.  

To Join 

Apply to be a First Reader by filling out this form. Before we add you to the staff, we will give you resources to become informed about our philosophy and the basics of our editing process and methodology. You will complete a trial assignment and we will give you feedback on that assignment. Upon completion, we will add you to the staff and submissions will start coming your way!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the commitment?  We ask that readers and editors commit to commenting on thirty submissions each volume season. When there are times you are too busy to edit, like during exam period or soccer season, put yourself on the inactive list and then rejoin when you are able.

Do I need experience?  Most students who join us are avid readers and/or writers, but we do not expect that you have editing experience. We ask that students be open to editing all three genres. We accept, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

What if I know nothing about poetry?  Worries about low poetry IQ might be the most common concern we hear. Our online course offers some short lectures on how to approach each genre and the most common literary devices used to understand the work.

How will I learn to edit?  You can either take our online course or read through our Editorial Guidelines. But the real learning takes place as you tackle submissions, see the work of other editors, and receive feedback on your own commentary from other editors.

Also, check out the blog where editors discuss a range of editing challenges and tips. Grace Yue's excellent blog entry Avoiding Intimidating Yourself to gain some perspective on how valuable your contribution as a peer editor, with any level of experience, can be.

What is the editorial schedule?  There are opportunities for editorial work all year long. Our submissions are open from July 1–April 30. The month of June is "crunch time" when we make final selections to be published in our annual print volume.

Is there opportunity for advancement?  Yes! Meritorious promotion takes into consideration your commitment to the editing process and the skill and thoughtfulness of your editing. Each editorial role has different responsibilities, so advancement is also an opportunity to learn new skills.

"Serving on Polyphony has undoubtedly been one of the best and most influential highlights of my high school career."

— Alice X.


"The experience of being on Polyphony is something I won’t ever forget. I’m thankful for the people it brought me close to, for its surprises and constant inspiration, for all the ways it taught me to express Oh man, I love this piece! I’m thankful to have been a part of something that goes so far beyond whatever words I can use to describe it."

— Frani C.