A “Contributing Editor” has two jobs: writing (that’s the ‘contributing’ part) and editorial. I’m part of a team that includes other incredibly talented editors and art designers, but here’s how the job breaks down for me:
“Contributing”: Sometimes I pitch ideas for the magazine, and sometimes I’m given assignments. For example, ASK has an upcoming issue about garbage and recycling. For that one, I pitched an article about a visit to a recycling center, and I was assigned an article about middens (ancient garbage dumps).
“Editor”: On the creative side, I help come up with issue ideas, am another set of eyes during reviews of art and article layouts, and consult on how a story reads. On the practical side, I proofread and copy edit.
Being a Contributing Editor means constant variety, and I love every minute of it!