Monday Markets for Writers

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

  • The Nelson Algren Short Story Award competition is open for submissions until February 1. This competition is open to all legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are over 18 years of age, and there is no entry fee. Stories may run up to 8,000 words. Prizes: “One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500.” Note also: “All contest entries may be considered for eventual Tribune publication pending notification of the author.” (Thanks to the PayingWriterJobs list for reminding me of this imminent deadline.)
  • “Established literary publisher Pushkin Press is is looking for an experienced publicist to work part-time to publicize and market its list in the US and Canada. We are seeking a dynamic US-based publicist to promote and market Pushkin Press and our large backlist (over 100 titles) and exciting and growing program of frontlist titles (c 20 new titles/year across adult and children’s lists).” Apply by January 31, 2013.
  • The New Republic is looking for reporter-researchers for its 2013-2014 program. Job duties include reporting, researching, writing, and fact-checking for the politics section of The New Republic’s print magazine and website; as well as assisting with web production and performing occasional clerical tasks. Reporter-researchers work closely with writers and editors, and are strongly encouraged to write articles. Most reporter-researchers finish their program with a substantial portfolio of clips and have gone on to work almost everywhere in journalism—including The New Republic itself. The year-long job will begin in summer 2013 and will include a salary. Graduating seniors as well as recent graduates and graduates from post-grad programs are welcome to apply.” Deadline: February 8, 2013.
  • Brevity has announced a flash essay contest that it is running in conjunction with the release of its latest issue. The contest builds on Philip Graham’s writing prompt in the recently released The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction (which is republished in the new issue of Brevity). Follow the instructions and submit your flash piece by February 14. There is no entry fee. Prizes: “First prize is a copy of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers and $50, second prize and third prizes will be other books from Rose Metal Press.  All three winners will be published on the Brevity blog.”
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey is advertising for a temporary Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature (fiction specialist).