The Most Desirable Traits Magazine Editors Look for When Hiring Writers

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with the most desirable traits magazine editors look for when hiring writers.

Meg Dowell Writes

I’ve interviewed for a lot of writing jobs. I’ve also interviewed, and hired, a handful of writers in the past. I’ve made more mistakes than I’m willing to admit — and I’ve seen too many writers make those same mistakes. The interview process for writing jobs is rough. But if you do it right, it’s worth it.

Editors generally assume everyone that wants to submit to a publication on a regular basis writes good, clean, well-researched content. But it’s not enough to be an exceptional writer. You have to prove you’re the right person for the job — and sometimes, you only have one chance to do that.

Here’s what an editor is “grading” you on.


When I was the managing editor of a small magazine, I was in charge of “hiring” writing interns. This process involved reviewing resumes, writing samples, and conducting interviews. I had one prospective writer…

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