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Sabotage Reviews was founded in 2010 and specializes in reviews of independent, small-circulation literature, which we believe deserves to be held to a critical standard as much as the next best-selling novel. In particular, we review pamphlets, magazines, anthologies, spoken word nights, novellas, short story collections, and various pieces of ephemera. We run the annual Saboteur Awards which celebrates indie literature. Our reviews are being archived by the British Library for posterity.

Sabotage Reviews is run by volunteers and doesn’t make an income, so we regret to say that at present we are not able to pay a fee to editors. However, we are hoping to apply for funding in the future to change this situation, joining the team means playing a part in the website’s future development.

We have a number of vacancies available, and if you have an idea for a role you don’t see here, please get in touch:

Assistant Director required for a phased job takeover. More information is available here

Assistant Editors for Fiction and Poetry:

We would like to expand the existing team of Editors at Sabotage Reviews, by adding Assistant roles to both the Fiction desk (run by Phil Olsen) and the Poetry desk (run by Karen Goodwin). Both of these roles will be supporting ones, lending hands to the existing editors as required. It is estimated that 1-2 hours per week will be enough for each role, however applicants should indicate in their covering letter the time they are able to commit to.

Essential Qualities:

  • Familiarity with WordPress and Google Applications.
  • Previous experience with editing/being edited (although experience in this area will be included as part of the job proper).
  • Familiarity with Sabotage Reviews and our ethos.
  • Either a working knowledge of independent literature, including current trends in reading and writing (in the area relevant to your application) or an enthusiasm to expand your existing knowledge in this area.

To apply:

Please email a CV/resume and cover letter to Charley at [email protected] and either Phil ([email protected]) or Karen ([email protected]) as appropriate. Please mark the subject of your email appropriately as either Assistant Fiction or Assistant Poetry Editor, too. We are accepting applications for this on a rolling basis.

Regional/International/Online Spoken Word Reviews Editors:

We want to add more spoken word editors to our team to cover a wider geographical area. We are particularly interested in editors based outside of the south of England and in other areas of the world. In light of the pandemic, we also appreciate there has been a brilliant growth in online and digital events, so we also encourage applications from those looking to focus their priorities on spotlighting this area of performance, too.


  • To write and/or commission reviews of spoken word events, that should be published (roughly) once a month.
  • To edit reviews to a high standard following the guidelines we set out.

Essential Qualities:

  • Excellent communications skills, able to write and edit to a high standard.
  • Knowledge of your local spoken word scene and a passion for its output.
  • You should be a reliable and organised individual with a strong sense of initiative, an inquisitive mind and a sense of humour.

To apply:

Please email a CV/resume, cover letter and sample review to Charley at [email protected] with the subject line: Spoken Word Editor. We are accepting applications for this on a rolling basis.


We are always looking for reviewers, previous experience isn’t necessary but be prepared for multiple edits. You can read our guidelines here.

To become a reviewer, please contact the relevant editor:



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