Upper-level Undergraduates and Grad-Students

If you want work experience in book and magazine publishing, and credit toward your degree, consider:
New Letters Magazine Publication Practicum (English 449A).

Gathering of New Letters interns with poet Terrance Hayes: Joni, Terrance Hayes, Jackie, and Audrey.This course provides practical, work experience and instruction with New Letters magazine, BkMk Press (book publishing), and to some degree with New Letters on the Air (radio series) in publication management, copy editing, manuscript evaluation, grant development, writing and market research, creative writing and other skills.  Enrollment caps usually at three students per semester. New Letters is UMKC's international quarterly of writing and art, winner of a 2008 National Magazine Award.

Chronology of former interns, click here.

     Photo, right: interns Joni, Jacquelyn, and Audrey at the New Letters offices with visiting poet Terrance Hayes.

Life as an intern at New Letters:  
Read about Colleen Boyd's experience from spring 2016

Time Commitment

Work schedules can be tailored to your circumstances but must be sometime Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work schedules must be kept reliably and consistently, as with any other formal job.

  • A 3-credit hour student will work 5 hours per week in office and 1-4 hours outside of office on projects;
  • this amounts to a total time commitment of 45 hours per credit, per semester.

You will work with our magazine, radio series, and our book publisher, BkMk Press.  Some work will be mundane and clerical, all necessary; you also will write reports, press releases, and magazine back matter, all of which need to be clear, accurate, and correct.  Expect your own writing to be edited.  You might also assist with hosting visiting writers, marketing our publications, and other projects.   


How to Enroll


"I chose to attend graduate school at UMKC solely because I wanted to intern with New Letters and BkMk Press."— J.J. Cantrell, recent MFA graduate.

Contact Robert Stewart,, for consent to enroll: include your student ID number, your major or program and year-level.

Note to prospective English 449A, section 0001, students: We give consent for English 449A section 0001 (Publication Practicum) to any student who qualifies and requests consent; however, only those students who actually register for each semester, until the cap is reached, will get into the internship. Consent, by itself, does not guarantee the student a place in this course/internship. Make sure you enroll into Eng. 449A, section 0001.

Selected Duties

  • copy-editing assistance
  • market research
  • reading
  • library research
  • advertisement canvassing and writing
  • mailing-list preparation/updating
  • manuscript evaluation, with written comments/critiques
  • promotion & development (including grant writing)
  • local/national distribution planning and execution

Come by University House anytime, weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., if you want, to discuss the Publication Practicum, internship, with one of our staff members. Join the National Magazine Award-winning staff.

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Our Mission

New Letters, New Letters on the Air, and our affiliate publisher, BkMk Press, stand in solidarity with our black writers, readers, listeners, friends, and community. Read our full statement here.


Individual Issues of New Letters Magazine

To order an individual issue of New Letters magazine, please call 816-235-1169 or visit our online store here.