The Helen Fraser Publishing Fellowship

Posted on March 2, 2010 in News & Reviews

A great opportunity for Black and Ethnic Minority Editorial Talent

Penguin Books, the world’s best known publishing company, is delighted to launch a newly established diversity traineeship for 2010. The Fellowship has been founded to honour the work that Helen Fraser, recently retired Managing Director of Penguin Books, has done to address the issue of diversity within the company. The Fellowship aims to identify, encourage and train editorial talent within Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities.

The Fellowship will start in July 2010 and is a six-month paid editorial internship with Hamish Hamilton, one of Penguin’s literary imprints.

Hamish Hamilton authors include Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, Mohsin Hamid, Kiran Desai, W.G. Sebald, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Arundhati Roy and Alain de Botton, and they also publish an online magazine, Five Dials. Working as part of the London-based Hamish Hamilton team, you will learn about all aspects of literary publishing, and by the end of the six months you will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the editorial process. You’ll also have had the opportunity to be mentored and attend development programmes.

We will be looking for someone with a passion for the books we publish and a desire to learn about the editorial process and the business of publishing. The ability to come up with ideas and communicate them effectively is essential, as are attention to detail, sound grammatical skills and a flair for writing copy. Ideally, you will have a 2:1 degree or higher.

If you are interested in the Fellowship, please apply with a CV and a covering letter, in which you should answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be a Fellow at Hamish Hamilton?
  • How would you demonstrate that you have what we are looking for?
  • What is your favourite Penguin book, and why?

Please send your cover letter and CV via the jobs section of by 12 March 2010.

This traineeship forms part of a strategic initiative, under section 37 of the Race Relations Act 1976.

Penguin believes in equality of opportunity and employs people solely on the basis of their abilities.