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).

  • First up: Stealing Time is a new quarterly literary magazine “about the heart of parenting. We explore the real stories of parents through fiction, essay, poetry, book reviews, and other pieces that are sad, hopeful, ebullient, resigned, reverent, wry, surprising, gut-busting, or just plain strange.” NB: “We pay! We consider this our most important priority. Writers should be paid. We’ll let you know how much we expect to pay when we accept your piece; most will be between $100 and $500, depending on length and how hard our jaws hit the floor when we start reading.” (via
  • Next: “A six-month, full-time, paid, writing internship is available at Smithsonian magazine in Washington, D.C., beginning January 2013. The internship involves writing, blogging and producing multimedia for the magazine’s Web site and writing for the print magazine’s “Around the Mall” department. Candidates should have a proven aptitude for writing and Web-journalism skills. A recent undergraduate or graduate degree is a must.”
  • “Initiated in 1998, Stadler Fellowships [at Bucknell University, Penn.] offer a recent MFA or MA in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. Stadler Fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Stadler Fellows assist for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, Bucknell’s nationally distinguished literary journal. Fellows also work as staff members and instructors in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, each Fellow is provided health insurance, office space in the Stadler Center, and housing. Depending on circumstances, Fellows are either housed in a furnished apartment in the Poet’s Cottage or provided with a stipend to seek housing on their own in Lewisburg.” Next application deadline is October 1, and there’s no application fee indicated.
  • Coming this week: The September issue of The Practicing Writer. Packed with no-fee competition info and paying submission calls. (Plus, a Q&A with David Abrams.)
  • “The Department of English at Skidmore College [N.Y.] invites applications from actively publishing fiction writers to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in fiction writing. Secondary interests welcome. The teaching load will alternate yearly between 3/2 and 2/2. Responsibilities include periodic participation in Skidmore’s First Year Experience program. Ph.D., M.F.A, or equivalent; publications; and teaching experience required.”
  • “Hampshire College’s [Mass.] Creative Writing Program invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literary Arts, to begin in fall 2013. We seek a writer (of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction) whose artistic and critical work is engaged with the histories, literary arts, and cultures of people of African descent, particularly in the United States. We are especially interested in candidates whose work explores the intersections of creative practice, research and issues of social justice. We seek candidates who are interested in teaching workshop-based courses as well as modeling for students what it can mean for writers to engage with literature through critical and theoretical lenses.”
  • 7 thoughts on “Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities for Writers

    1. Barbara Baer says:

      Dear Erika, I have your collection of stories that look wonderful from reading first page but saving for trip next month when I really savor all I read. Did you see a disheartening but hard-to-ignore piece in NYT Aug 25 David Streitland, All the Reviews Money can buy. The downside to the good stuff you offer all of us. Barbara

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Dear Barbara–Oh, yes. I did see it. Very disheartening. On the other hand, your kind words about my book cheer me! I hope that you enjoy the book (and your travels!).

    2. Armand Inezian says:

      “Stealing Time” is a great name for a journal about parenting. Thanks for posting this!

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        You’re welcome, Armand. (Let’s thank Duotrope!)

    3. Jenn Crowell says:

      So glad to see you spotlighting Stealing Time! I just got a look at their preview issue, and it’s beautifully done.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Yes, Jenn, they really seem to know what they’re doing.

        1. Jenn Crowell says:

          They’re also a great model to look at in terms of their successful Kickstarter campaign to get the magazine up and running. Exciting DIY times …

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