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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).

  • If you’re a poet in Central Virginia, you may want to look into this poetry contest from the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and WriterHouse. No entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2016. Prize: “The winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card, and the runner-up will receive a $100 Visa gift card compliments of the JMRL Friends of the Library and WriterHouse.” As always, do read the contest terms/guidelines carefully!
  • “Belt Magazine, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering a one week fellowship for a freelance journalist interested in covering the Republican National Convention from July 18-21. The writer will write one post per day, to be published on Belt Magazine. We will cover costs for the writer’s time while in Cleveland (accommodations and food) and offer a $1000 stipend. The writer will not report on delegate counts or speeches by candidates (other major media outlets will be doing plenty of that) but instead cover the scene surrounding the convention: the other media in Cleveland for the event, the local business owners affected by the convention, the logistics of getting around, police presence, activists and other groups attending the convention to protest. We are looking for an experienced freelancer with a distinctive voice, who is able to combine humor with reportage, and is interested in listening to others and helping tell their stories to the readers of Belt Magazine. No connection to Cleveland required. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.” Apply by April 15, 2016. No application fee.
  • Attention, writing-program directors! “Brevity is excited to announce a contest for writing students in tandem with our special issue focused on experiences of race, racialization, and racism. We are looking for flash essays (750 words or fewer) that explore the lived experience of race, racialization, and racism, show the reader a new way to look at the familiar, or give voice to under-represented experiences….For this first-ever student writing contest, we ask that writing program directors encourage students enrolled in their creative writing program to address our special issue theme and we invite each program to choose the best work (or two best entries if you have both undergraduate and graduate students) from among those submitted. The one or two finalists should be forwarded by the program director directly to [Brevity] by May 15, 2016.” (You’ll find the email address for these no-fee submissions within the announcement.) Prize: “The winner, who will receive $200 and publication in Brevity, will be announced in September 2016.”
  • Hugo House (Seattle) is taking applications for its Writer-in-Residence program until April 30. No application fees. Detailed program description and compensation info within the announcement.
  • Outlook Springs recently reopened for submissions. “Based in Outlook Springs, New Hampshire, a quiet little town in an alternate dimension, Outlook Springs is a magazine devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange. Submit one story or essay at a time (up to 7,500 words) or up to five poems. Please do not submit more than once per reading period, unless told otherwise by an editor.” Pays: “For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.” (Thanks to Trish Hopkinson for the reminder about the submission window, which closes again on July 15.)
  • Can you believe that April’s coming this week? Of course, that means that a new issue of The Practicing Writer will be going out to subscribers, packed with still more no-fee competitions and calls from paying litmags/publishers. If you’re not yet a subscriber, please join us! No fee. And we don’t sell or share our subscriber list.
  • “The Brooklyn Rail, a print and online journal publishing ten issues annually, seeks a Consulting Editorial Director to focus and refine its strategy, plan editorial content for the Art section of artist essays and interviews, and oversee the monthly Art Seen section of reviews. This is a one-year, part-time, fixed-term appointment with a stipend paid per issue.”
  • “Signature Theatre, one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theatres, is seeking a Literary Fellow to assist the Literary Manager and Literary Associate with all aspects of managing Signature’s Literary Office.”
  • “Signature Theatre, one of New York’s leading Off-Broadway theatres currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, seeks a Bookstore Attendant for The Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd St. This part-time position is an integral part of the culture of Signature Theatre offered to the company’s subscribers and general audiences. The Book Store Attendant should be friendly and knowledgeable about Signature Theatre programming and history, as well as the Bookstore’s books and merchandise. This position requires a motivated self-starter with strong customer service experience. The Bookstore Attendant reports to the Lead Bookstore Representative and the Audience Services Manager. This position requires a flexible schedule and includes evening shifts Tuesday – Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees, and holidays.”
  • “Stories is a children’s bookshop and storytelling lab opening in Brooklyn, NY, this spring. We will sell children’s literature for ages zero through young adult, with a section for parents, too. We will also offer storytelling classes for kids in our adjacent lab space. We are looking for experienced booksellers to join our team and be part of the launching of Stories. These are part-time positions, but have the potential to grow into larger roles as our shop grows.”
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is hiring a Program Associate, Online Resources, who “provides assistance to individual artists and organizations through administration of NYFA Source and NYFA Classifieds, writing articles for NYFA’s website related to the business of art, facilitating #ArtistHotline tweet chats, and through one-on-one assistance with artists via email and phone. The ideal candidate is a strong writer, loves databases, and is passionate about helping artists through digital media and content.”
  • “The University of South Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with specialization in novel/ fiction writing. Expertise in a second genre is highly desirable.” (Posting #0007900)
  • “The Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks a poet to begin August 2016: Visiting Assistant Professor; One-year position, with possibility of renewal.”
  • “The Department of English at DePauw University [Indiana] invites applications for a full-time, one-year term position in creative writing, with an emphasis on fiction, for the 2016-17 academic year.”
  • “The College of Professional Studies and Advancement’s Master of Science in Written Communication program at National Louis University seeks dynamic, highly-qualified professionals for adjunct teaching positions in the program. We are currently seeking adjunct faculty to teach the following course online in Summer 2016 and subsequent terms in online or blended format: LAE 412, Introduction to Writing Poetry (particular need for Summer 2016; and future terms).” NB: “Please be aware that, at this time, NLU is only registered to do business and hire adjuncts who live in the following states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, California, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.”
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