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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).

  • Attention, nonfiction writers! For the month of February, Willow Springs is currently open to fee-free submissions from you. Pays: “$100 per published long-form prose piece, $40 for short prose.”
  • And attention, Minnesotans: The Gaia Memorial Fellowship is now accepting applications (deadline: March 1). This weeklong artist retreat at Tofte Lake Center is intended for “a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. In 2016 this will be the week of September 26-October 2.” Fellowship includes subsidized lodging (“a solo cabin with kitchen and bath facilities”) and an honorarium of $200 to cover meals and travel. “Once at TLC meals are the responsibility of the artist.” There is no application fee. (via The Loft Literary Center)
  • In collaboration with PLAYA, High Country News has announced the 2016 Diverse Western Voices Award: “The American West’s wealth, health, history and future are tied to the diversity of communities that inhabit and depend on the region’s vast natural landscape. Too often, stories from diverse communities are under-reported, important threads are lost, and we are left with an incomplete picture of this unique place—the understanding of which is critical to major ecological questions of our age. The Diverse Western Voices Award will be given to a journalist of color for a project of deep reporting and narrative journalism that covers an under-represented community in the American West. Through collaboration with HCN’s top-notch editorial team and the space to work provided by PLAYA, the Diverse Western Voices Award seeks to expand national understanding of the American West’s ecological, social and political issues. The recipient will work closely with the editorial department at High Country News on an in-depth feature story that will be published in the magazine and online. The winner will receive payment for the story and associated expenses, along with a four-week residency at PLAYA in eastern Oregon. The residency can be used to write the feature or for another creative project, and the awardee will receive a $1,000 stipend from HCN for travel associated with the PLAYA residency.” Submit pitches by March 15, 2016 per the guidelines. (via Liz Logan)
  • In Seattle, Hugo House is taking application for its Writer-in-Residence program until March 31. There is no application fee. “Applicants for the position should be practicing, published writers of prose as well as accomplished and dedicated writing teachers who are experienced working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting, as well as on a one-on-one basis as a mentor offering criticism and professional-development advice. The prose writer-in-residence should feel comfortable providing mentorship in fiction and nonfiction. Applicants should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (e.g., developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in helping writers become better writers and fostering an appreciation of the craft.” Pays: “$500 per month stipend for nine months, plus additional compensation for Hugo Classes; access to a vibrant and growing community of, by, and for writers; an opportunity to work with a committed staff in a creative work environment; and support and encouragement for artistic projects. Each writer-in-residence has 24 hour access to a private writing office in the Hugo House temporary space to work on their writing project, or hold meetings.”
  • “The Whiting Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of a new program, the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, which will offer allocations of $35,000 to as many as three works in progress to enable authors to complete their books. Its chief objective is to foster original, ambitious projects that bring writing to the highest possible standard. All creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher and at least two years into their contract are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2016. Whiting welcomes submissions for works of history, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, the sciences, philosophy, criticism, food or travel writing, and personal essays, among other categories.” No application fee.
  • “Submissions are open for an anthology of essays [The Shell Game] that borrow readymade forms, to be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2018. Seeking brand new work (not previously published).” The call for submissions explains the meaning of “readymade forms.” Deadline: June 1, 2016. Pays: $100, plus two copies of anthology, plus $100 coupon to UNP Books.” (via Authors Publish magazine)
  • “Vanity Fair seeks an entertainment staff writer to join its fast-growing Hollywood vertical, devoted to authoritative, real-time coverage of movies, TV, pop music, awards, and the entertainment industry. This position reports to VF.com’s Hollywood editor.” (via MEOJobs)
  • Job at The New York Times: “There is an opening for an editorial assistant to Nick Kristof and Charles Blow. This guild position entails research, fact-checking, social media and clerical duties. It is a wide-ranging role.”
  • “The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s first artist residency program, is looking for a part-time Social Media and Communications Associate based in New York to help implement its day-to-day social media campaign, maintain its digital media channels, and help the communications and marketing departments give voice [to] the MacDowell mission.” (via Sabine Heinlein)
  • “Gettysburg College [Pennyslvania] invites applications for the position of Managing Editor of The Gettysburg Review, the College’s award-winning national quarterly literary journal. The Managing Editor is responsible for all aspects of the journal’s production, including creation of a production schedule, manuscript preparation, copyediting, author negotiations, and coordination with printer and other vendors. Additional duties include budget management, acquisition and administration of grants, supervision of student workers and interns, some office management, and other tasks as assigned by the Editor.”
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    1. Thank you for this newsletter! It is an absorbing read.

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