Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

  • The deadline is fast approaching (June 15) for the 2012 Fabri Literary Prize. From the Boaz Publishing website: “In 2006 Dr. Matthew McKay established the Fabri Literary Prize to honor the memory of Frances Fabri. A Holocaust survivor, Frances spearheaded efforts in the US to record survivor stories, creating the interviewing protocols that are used widely today. The Fabri Literary Prize recognizes the work of aspiring novelists by providing funds directly to authors, by publishing their novels in attractive trade editions, and by publicizing their work to literary reviewers, librarians, and booksellers. The 2012 prizewinner will receive a publishing contract with a $7,500 advance and a $5,000 marketing budget. The winning novel will be published in the Spring of 2013 in a hardcover or trade paperback edition by Counterpoint/Softskull Press and distributed to the book trade by Publishers Group West. The contest is open to American novelists. Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished and written for educated adults with broad interests. Excluded from consideration are books for children or young adults and books that are focused on the religious market.” No entry fee.
  • The 2012 Esquire and Aspen Writers Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest is now open for submissions! Stories should run no longer than 79 words. “Top ten finalists will receive reimbursement for up to $500 from Aspen Writer’s Foundation for a roundtrip economy plane ticket to New York City from anywhere in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, reimbursement for up to $500 for two nights lodging in New York City to be provided by Aspen Writer’s Foundation, two hour workshop with Colum McCann, and an invitation to a party with top literary luminaries hosted by Esquire and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation all at a total estimated value of $2,000/person. From the finalists, one finalist will be chosen as winner of a scholarship to 2013 Aspen Summer Words fiction workshop, 5 nights lodging in Aspen (booked by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation), and reimbursement for up to $500 from Aspen Writer’s Foundation for a roundtrip economy ticket to Aspen from anywhere in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, and will have his/her entry published by Esquire either in the magazine or online at” No entry fee. Deadline: September 1, 2012.
  • If you’re in the Boston area (or can get there easily), you may be interested in this opportunity from the Boston Book Festival: “Would you like a chance to curate a session at the Boston Book Festival on October 27, 2012? We are making two one-hour slots available to outside groups/individuals who can introduce fresh voices and new ideas to the BBF. Be creative! The session can involve a workshop, literary improv, dramatic readings, literary games, etc. You will be responsible for running your session, i.e., gathering your participants, beginning and ending on time, and covering any expenses (beyond room rental and basic A/V) for the session. We will publicize your session on our website and in our Program Guide, and we will ask you to publicize it as well.” No application fee. Deadline: July 15, 2012.
  • “The University of Baltimore’s School of Communications Design seeks a published creative writer for a half-time contractual position beginning in August 2012 (contingent on final budgetary approval). Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as participating in curriculum development. Applicants should possess an appropriate graduate degree, a substantive record of publications, and college-level teaching experience. The ability to teach literature, as well as writing, will be a plus. Teaching responsibilities will focus on helping students develop and improve their writing, and understand and seek publication opportunities.”
  • Community-Word Project (CWP) seeks Teaching Artists in New York City: “CWP is a community of artists dedicated to bringing high-quality arts programming to NYC public schools. We are accepting applications from creative writers, theater artists, dancers, musicians/drummers, photographers/filmmakers, and other visual and multi-media artists with at least 2+ years of teaching artist experience.” NB: “Poets and photographers are strongly encouraged to apply Applicants with an ability to teach in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.” Pays: $50-$75/hour.
  • Webster University (St. Louis) is looking for a Writer & Editor, American University seeks a Writer/Editor, and the NY Writers Coalition (Brooklyn) invites applications for a Program Manager position.
  • 3 thoughts on “Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

    1. Erwin K. Roberts says:


      On the Esquire/Aspin entry is 79 words the correct limit?

      I’ve heard of Flash & Micro, but this must be Nano-Fiction.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Erwin, if you go to the announcement and then click the link for the full rules, you’ll see this:

        “THE SHORT SHORT FICTION CONTEST: How to Enter: Beginning June 1, 2012 at 12:01 AM (ET) through September 1, 2012 at 11:59 PM (ET) go to and complete and submit the entry form pursuant to the onscreen instructions along with your original fictional short story of exactly 79 words.”

        So it seems that the story should be exactly 79 words. But if you have more questions, you should check with the contest organizers directly. Good luck!

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