Soft Skull Press

Editorial Assistant

Soft Skull Press/Catapult is hiring an editorial assistant. The candidate must be based in New York, and should have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, a proven ability to juggle projects and duties, an impeccable eye for detail, and a passion for books and reading. 

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Logging and reading manuscripts and making recommendations on their publication for Soft Skull
  • Logging and reading nominations for the annual PEN America Best Debut Short Stories anthology
  • Assisting the Soft Skull editor in chief with all stages of the editorial process, including descriptive copy, cover memos, author questionnaires, praise sheets, and the transmittal of manuscripts to the production department
  • Assisting with all stages of the editorial process for the PEN America anthology
  • Tracking all production and design deadlines
  • Collecting and organizing author praise, researching comp titles, and brainstorming for launch meetings; collaborating with publicity and marketing teams on ideas for Soft Skull titles and for PEN America Best Debut Short Stories
  • Managing Soft Skull's social media accounts
  • Keeping Soft Skull’s website updated
  • Managing the general Soft Skull e-mail address and responding or forwarding queries to other staff as needed; other administrative tasks, as needed


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proofreading skills (accuracy, spelling, style, and grammar)
  • Excellent organizational, analytic, interpersonal, and follow-through skills
  • Demonstrated copyediting ability
  • Proficiency in G Suite and MS Word
  • Familiarity with Soft Skull front and backlist essential
  • InDesign and Photoshop experience a major plus

About Soft Skull Press / Catapult

Soft Skull Press is an independent publisher of books that engage art, culture, and current events in new and radical ways. It is part of a publishing group made up of three imprints: Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull. 

Catapult is an innovative publishing venture created by the founders of Electric Literature and Black Balloon Publishing. The company includes a book publishing program, writing classes, a daily website of narrative nonfiction and fiction, and a community platform where emerging writers can share their work. It strives to be a successful model for the future of independent publishing.

People of color, LGBTQIA people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Yuka Igarashi, Editor in Chief
1140 Broadway, Suite 704
New York
Contact Phone: 
(646) 928-5999
Contact e-mail: