Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

Every week, I try to start us off with a fresh batch of markets, jobs, and opportunities. Always paying gigs. No submission fees. Let’s get started with this week’s offerings.

  • From Mason’s Road: “For our upcoming issue, the theme is characterization. We are looking for submissions in which characters’ voices, behaviors, and thoughts resonate and shine. While we always aim to publish the very best work that we receive, our genre editors will sift through their selections from Issue #5: Characterization to nominate their favorite for the $1,000 2012 Mason’s Road Literary Award. A special guest judge (TBA) will select the prize winner from these nominations. We have a blind submissions policy and accept work in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama (stage or screen), art, craft essays, and audio drama from both emerging and established writers and artists.” Deadline: May 15, 2012.
  • Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting submissions of novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections on the themes of travel, the environment, ecology, and wildlife — above all, we’re looking for exceptional, well-written, engaging stories. As you’ll see from our new and forthcoming titles, we are open to many genres (young adult, mystery, literary fiction) as long as the stories are relevant to the themes listed above. At this time, however, we are not reading submissions for children’s books.
  • The Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book and Magazine Awards are for Canadian residents who work a minimum of 70 percent of their time as self-employed freelance writers. “As of 2012, the book award is valued at five thousand dollars and the magazine award is valued at two thousand dollars. Both awards are made available to freelance writers of non-fiction for social justice writing that is exceptionally well written and researched. The Book and Magazine awards provide financial support while the writer completes a book or magazine project for publication.” No entry fees indicated. Deadline: June 15, 2012.
  • The Paris Review wishes to hire a full-time assistant for our editorial, advertising, and development staffs. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: managing social networks, updating Web store, formatting and proofreading Web site, and producing newsletters. Candidates should have experience with Google Analytics, HTML, WordPress, and Excel. Experience with InDesign and SalesForce (or other fund-raising programs) a plus. In addition, candidates should have strong writing skills, an interest in the arts, lots of energy and enthusiasm, and the ability to do many things very well at once.” Job is in NYC.
  • Intriguing freelance opportunity for those in the right cities: “The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seeks a San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston-based freelance writer to write profiles for our member site Please have experience writing profiles and science content for a broad audience. A background or degree in journalism is preferred. A degree in science with proven writing skills will also be considered. We pay $.75/word at a maximum length of 800 words. You are required to submit a high-res digital photo (good enough for web publication) of the profile subject with your story. We pay $5 for every photo you take that we publish with the story. We accept but don’t pay for photos the profile subject gives you/us permission to use.”
  • “The University of Houston-Victoria invites applications for the position of Writer-in-Residence in the School of Arts and Sciences. The individual must have a strong publication record in creative non-fiction and be able to help us grow our Creative Writing major as well as establish a low-residency MFA. Teaching duties will include upper-division courses in creative nonfiction as well as introductory Creative Writing classes.  The School of Arts and Sciences is home to the Society for Critical Exchange, Cuneiform Press, Centro Victoria, and two internationally distributed journals: American Book Review ( and symploke (”
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (New York) is looking for a Communications Coordinator, Infectious Diseases Society of America (Arlington, Va.) seeks a Senior Communications Specialist, and Sarabande Books, Inc., (Louisville, Ky.) is taking applications for a Director of Marketing and Development.