About Us

Named after the Pine Hills neighborhood in Albany, Pine Hills Review (ISSN 2470-8321) is an online literary journal with a national focus that publishes artful, honest, and compelling work by new and established writers, from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to visual art, interviews, and experimental, cross-genre work. We love irreverent, fun, different, and surprising work that tries to do something new.

Established in 2014 in association with The College of Saint Rose as part of its M.F.A. in creative writing program, Pine Hills Review was founded by Daniel Nester and then-student Sarah Sherman. After the M.F.A. program was discontinued, Pine Hills Review began a second iteration in 2019 as an independent online journal edited and published by Daniel Nester. In recent years, we have welcomed Alex J. Tunney, Sam Zimmerman, and others to the editorial board. In addition, students from The College of Saint Rose join the board occasionally as part of the Online Journal Editing and Publishing course. Other students join the board as part of a semester-long internship, from the college and elsewhere.

Since the beginning, Pine Hills Review remains committed to creating an inclusive space for writers from all backgrounds.

Pine Hills Review is not a publication that publishes student work from the College. It is an online literary journal that reads submissions from and features professional, published writers from all over the world, and at all stages of their careers. For some, appearing in Pine Hills Review will mark their very first publication. For others, it may be work from a writer who is established and well published. Past contributors to the journal have received a grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Positions are competitive and based on a student’s dependability, willingness to learn, editing skills, and computer literacy. Here are two descriptions of internship positions.

Managing Editor Internship

The Pine Hills Review Managing Editor intern is responsible for all stages of production and running of the journal, from organizing submissions, ruling on submissions with the editorial staff, to coordinating production of accepted writing.

Some specific tasks include:

  • corresponds with authors and interview subjects regarding acceptances, editing, production, and publication dates;
  • updates our style guide, addressing queries as they come up in production;
  • maintains and updates production schedule of upcoming features;
  • produces galleys for upcoming features, coordinates edits and accompanying images

Larger projects could include any of the following:

  • writes and updates listings and announcements across literary listing sites
  • working with editors, helps develops initiatives for diversity and inclusion of contributors and editors
  • curate visual images to accompany art, soliciting artists/photographers, preferably from Saint Rose community or greater Albany area;
  • solicits writers for publication or author interview features

This intern should be highly organized, deadline-oriented, and able to multitask and work with our production schedule, edit and proofread using our style guide, and work with volunteer editors. Experience using WordPress is necessary; knowledge in Gmail and some HTML is also a plus. The managing editor will also interview at least one published writer and publish it in the pages of Pine Hills Review.

Publicity, Social Media, and Events Internship

This internship is for someone who is interested in creative writing and literary publishing and is also fluent in social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, more), developing social media assets using Canva. The job of this intern is to get word out regarding the work that appears in Pine Hills Review’s pages.

Some specific tasks could include:

  • develop social media assets for upcoming features, scheduling them to coincide for publication;
  • pitch, develop, and implement social media strategies posts and campaign(s);
  • produce social media assets for backlist of previous Pine Hills Review features;
  • research and publicize past Pine Hills Review contributors’ current accomplishments (books, awards, publications)

Larger projects could include any of the following:

  • setting up a podcast using current audio assets and/or interviews;
  • curate visual images to accompany art, soliciting artists/photographers, preferably from Saint Rose community or greater Albany area;
  • assist in planning at least one Pine Hills Review public reading event;
  • research, pitch, and interview published writer(s) and publish it in the pages of Pine Hills Review

For all positions, the ideal candidate should be comfortable meeting on campus or on Zoom for 3-4 hours a week and working on their own as well. They should have strong communication, writing, and computer skills. An enthusiastic interest in the literary arts and some knowledge of the world of literary journals is preferred.

Contact Daniel Nester, editor of Pine Hills Review, at pinehillsreview at

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