Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee contests/competitions and paying gigs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).

  • McSweeney’s Internet Tendency has announced that it is once again column contest time, and you’re eligible if you’re writing in English, regardless of location. Even better: “We have prizes. Cash prizes. The top five selections will each receive a $500 lump sum and a one-year contract to write your column (twice a month or thereabouts) for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. One of those five winners will win a $250 bonus voted on by our readers. We do reserve the right to choose fewer (or more) winners than our planned number of five.” Deadline: “Submissions will be accepted until Monday, August 20th at 10pm Eastern time.” No entry fee.
  • The First Line has announced The First Line First Line Contest: “To celebrate our 15th year, we’re giving you a chance to inspire the world. Send us your best (original and unpublished) starter sentences, and we’ll pick four to use for next year’s first lines. You have until August 31st to submit. The winners will receive $50 and five copies of the issue that was inspired by your first line.” No entry fee.
  • Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is running a contest for unpublished poems about “The Past.” Prizes: “Prizes: First: £50, Second: £30, Third: £20, Highly Commended (up to 3): £10 each. (Payable through Paypal.) All six winning poems will receive first publication in a special section in the September 2012 issue of Cha.” No entry fee. Deadline: September 15, 2012.
  • From Grub Street, Inc.: “We’re now accepting applications for scholarships for fall workshops. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, each quarter we’re able to offer $200 scholarships to at least five writers. Recipients may use their scholarship at any time in the year and toward any class they desire, though not for Muse and the Marketplace tuition or manuscript consulting. To apply for a Fall 2012 term scholarship, please email the following to rowanATgrubstreetDOTorg by Wednesday, August 22nd at 12:00pm: a 5-10 page sample of your work, and a one-page letter detailing your financial need and desire to take a Grub Street class. Applicants will hear from the selection committee within one week after the deadline.”
  • “Beacon Academy, which provides a transformational year between 8th and 9th grades for promising, motivated, and hard-working students from Boston and surrounding areas, is seeking a part-time writing teacher for a one-year appointment from September 2012 to August 2013.”
  • James Madison University (Va.) is looking for an Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center.
  • The YMCA of the City of New York is looking for a Literacy Tutor, Atlantic Media (Washington) seeks an Editor “to oversee a new channel on its website devoted to the intersection of work and family,” and Angie’s List (Indianapolis) is advertising for a Writer.
  • 4 thoughts on “Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

    1. Barbara Baer says:

      first time I’ve received and read this ‘opportunities’ part of Erika’s newsletter and thank you for the possibilities it offers

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Much appreciated, Barbara!

    2. Trina Hobbs says:

      I just realized that I always look forward to this Monday posting and read every last word, amazed at all the opportunities that you seem to find (and that I would never be able to find elsewhere), and I’ve never thanked you! So, thank you. Your time and thoroughness is much appreciated.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        You’re very welcome, Trina. I do so appreciate the comment. Affirms my sense of purpose with these posts!

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