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"I'm always impressed at how successful Literary Review is at recruiting top writers and then getting them to write to their best."
John Sutherland

Literary Review was founded in Edinburgh in 1979 by Dr Anne Smith, head of the English Department at Edinburgh University. She created a lively, intelligent literary magazine for people who love reading, but hate academic and intellectual jargon.

From the start, Literary Review plugged in to the best and most exciting current writing. The reviewers are usually authors themselves, not just critics. In the 1980s, the new owner, Naim Attallah, secured award-winning journalist Auberon Waugh as editor. For fourteen years Auberon Waugh led the magazine and gave it the high profile it has today.

Nancy Sladek is the longstanding current editor. The magazine is recognised as being intelligent, informative, and witty. It attracts the best writers in the country, many of them experts in their fields.

The magazine can be contacted at
44 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LW
Tel. +44 (0)207 437 9392

Work experience at Literary Review

The magazine offers one- and two-week unpaid work experience placements. Successful applicants will gain an insight into the editorial cycle of Literary Review, and will have the opportunity, working in a small office, to contribute to many aspects of the magazine's production. They are expected to have a rigorous work ethic and a lively interest in contemporary non-fiction and fiction. Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, fact-checking, picture research, organising the slush pile, updating the website, and performing a range of administrative tasks.

To apply, send a CV, covering letter and your availability to


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