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).

  • Just a few days left to submit your work for possible inclusion in Whitefish Review‘s “Lucky No. 13” summer issue, guest-edited by Pam Houston. “In this issue we’ll explore luck – both good and bad. Superstitions. The one leftover or left out. The ‘unlucky’ object or person. The luck of the draw. Clovers. Elevators. Black cats and umbrellas opened indoors. Broken mirrors and walking under ladders. Rabbits feet and hats on beds. The human fear of the unknown. Triskaidekaphobia. Maybe even the Irish. Ancient Egyptians believed that there were 12 steps on the ladder to eternal life and knowledge – and to take the thirteenth step meant going through death into everlasting life. Immortality! With your help, we’ll push 13 into surprising places through words and art. We’ll have some fun with 13.” Deadline is March 15. Pays: “We want to honor your contribution and we pay $10/printed page, $25 minimum per title, $50 maximum per author, with two copies of the issue. Often we negotiate extra copies of the journal in lieu of payment to help us with cash flow. Payment is upon publication.” (via
  • From Cairn Press: “We have a delicate system, like a pile of loose stones, and we can’t handle a thrown rock. Our open submission period for 2013 is February 1 through March 31. Any submissions received outside of the reading period will not be opened. Sorry. During our open submission period, we seek remarkable, completed, fine-tuned fiction manuscripts. We prefer novels, but great short story collections that have a sense of unity (most do not) are always welcome.”
  • “The editors of West Branch welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We read unsolicited manuscripts between August 15 and April 1. We print only original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights. Payment is awarded for accepted works in the amount of $40 per submission of poetry, $10/page of printed prose with a maximum payment of $100, and .$.05/word of online prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.” NB: “Book reviews are typically arranged by assignment, and we publish only poetry reviews. If you are interested in writing reviews, please query with a sample. We currently pay $200 per assigned review.”
  • From The George Washington University (Washington): “For appointment beginning in the fall of 2013, we seek a tenure-track assistant professor. The position is open to a poet; strong preference will be given to applicants with a secondary interest, and publications, in creative nonfiction. The successful candidate will join a thriving Creative Writing program in an English department with a strong cluster of African American literature specialists. We strongly encourage applicants whose writing engages African American experiences, or whose writing engages other minority experiences, such as Latino/a, Asian American, indigenous, postcolonial, lgbt, or disability experiences.”
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, seeks to hire a Full-time Lecturer in the English Department. “One year appointment with the possibility of an extension to a second year. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Duties and responsibilities include teaching two junior-level classes in fiction writing each term as well as freshman composition. M.F.A. in creative writing required; Ph.D. in creative writing strongly preferred. Successful teaching record in both fiction writing and composition courses as well as a publication record of fiction in national journals and/or magazines required.”