Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • A new poetry contest (open to residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia) is being administered in conjunction with the upcoming Bethesda Literary Festival. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $150.Winners will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 15-17, 2011. Winning poems will also be posted on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site.” No entry fee indicated. Deadline is coming up fast: March 11, 2011.
  • Want to submit your manuscript to Coffee House Press? Take note of these remarks: “Coffee House Press will only accept submissions during two annual reading periods: March 1 – April 30 and September 1 – October 31. Submissions postmarked outside of these two reading periods will not be considered or returned. In addition, until further notice, Coffee House Press will not accept unsolicited poetry submissions. Please check this web page periodically for future updates to this policy.” (Thanks to Duotrope for the heads-up on the reopened submission window.)
  • “‘Tales from the South’ radio show, in conjunction with William F. Laman Public Library and the 2011 Arkansas Literary festival, is looking for great true stories. Top three stories will receive $100 each, and writers will read their winning story on the internationally-syndicated radio show on Tuesday, April 12, 2011….” NB: “Writers must currently live in the South (currently limited to Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama) or be from the South originally.” For this call, they’re looking for literary memoirs connected to the following Jorge Luis Borges quotation: “Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.” Download the full guidelines for this “Telling Tales: Writing Contest for the Arkansas Literary Festival” at the website. There is no entry fee, and the submission deadline is March 13, 2011. (via Femministas)
  • Opportunity for Vermont poets: “Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Arts Council invite you to submit nominations for the appointment of a new Vermont Poet Laureate.” There is no fee involved to nominate/apply, and the position confers a $1,000 honorarium. Deadline: March 25, 2011. (via @LeneAGary)
  • News from the BBC National Short Story Award: Electronic submissions are being accepted for the first time, and the deadline has moved up to May 5. “The Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000.” No entry fee indicated. (via @TaniaHershman)
  • The Asian-American Writers’ Workshop (N.Y.) is advertising two part-time positions: Development Associate and Program Director.
  • “St. Lawrence University [N.Y.] invites applications for a one-year, visiting position in creative non-fiction and minority American literatures.”
  • Appalachian State University (N.C.) is looking for a Visiting Assistant Professor of English (Fiction Writing). “The candidate offered the position will teach exclusively Introduction to Fiction Writing.”
  • The University of East Anglia (U.K.) welcomes applications for a Lectureship in Literature.
  • Northeastern University (Mass.) seeks a Staff Writer, AASCU (D.C.) is looking for a Speech Writer/Senior Editor, and Ragan Communications (Ill.) invites applications for a Copy Editor position.
  • 4 thoughts on “Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

    1. Erika Jeffers says:

      Erika, I love your blog and thank you for providing so much information. I’ve always wondered, how do you find the job and contest information. Do you use some of the posted jobs from the AWP website?

    2. Erika Dreifus says:

      Hi, Erika (I love the way you spell your name! ;-)):

      Most of the jobs I find via the sites I’ve linked to in the Jobs for Writers section of this website. I routinely visit,,, and a few others.

      I try to be very conscientious about crediting the sources for information I didn’t already know about or discover on my own. So in this post, for instance, you’ll see that where I found something thanks to someone else (Lene Gary, Tania Hershman, Duotrope, or the Femministas blog), I’ve indicated and linked to that source. (The Bethesda contest I found while visiting the related Festival site this weekend for another reason.)

      Typically, the AWP listings are not a “feeder” source for these write-ups, which is not to say that I don’t recommend consulting them.

      Hope that answers your question. And I’m glad that you like the blog so much!


      1. Erika Jeffers says:

        Thanks so much Erika 🙂

        I was asking because I was going to become an AWP member and was just curious if the same job postings were used from that site. Also, I’m a current Queens student and will be graduating in May…it’s so good seeing an alum doing well 🙂

        Thanks again,
        Erika J.

        1. Erika Dreifus says:

          Hi, Erika:

          From what I’ve seen, AWP relies on some of the same resources I do, so there is likely to be some overlap. But AWP may also have a paid subscription to sources I can’t currently access (like the MLA database), so you’re likely to find things there that you won’t find here.

          Congratulations on your impending graduation.


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