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).

  • It’s your year, poets & fiction writers in Alabama! “This year, Poets & Writers invites Alabamian writers to apply for the 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Poets and fiction writers who are residents of Alabama and have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying are eligible. Winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers. In addition, winners receive a $500 honorarium; present a public reading in New York City, hosted by Poets & Writers; and are invited to participate in a one-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.” Deadline: December 1, 2013. No application fee.
  • Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers is a joint project conceived of and curated/co-edited by flash-fiction writer/poet Patricia Flaherty Pagan, and edited/designed/published by Tamryn Spruill, founder/editor of robocup press. We are seeking raw, risky unpublished flash fiction. Rich flash reveals a slice of a full-bodied character’s emotional life. Flash fiction is not merely a partial narrative with a clever last line. It is a story with a (condensed) narrative arc. There is no suggested theme. We seek stories which reflect the broad spectrum of womyn’s experiences. Literary fiction with mystery, thriller, science fiction, romance, fantasy or horror elements are welcome as long as they adhere to the above-mentioned guidelines.” Submission period opens August 15 and ends October 15. Pays: “$10 and one free copy.”
  • From Rhubarb magazine (Canada): “We are looking for new, unpublished work on any subject from writers and artists who self-define as Mennonites, whether practicing, declined, lapsed or resistant; we also accept writing and visual art by non-Mennonites about Mennonites.” Pays: “Rhubarb buys 1st North American rights, paying $50.00 on publication $25.00 for reviews and web content.” Deadline for the next issue is September 3, 2013. (via
  • “The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program is proud to present a free online fiction writing course this fall for strong, emerging writers. In light of its online format, the course presents a unique opportunity for writers located miles apart to read and discuss contemporary fiction and share their own work. This course will include seven live online sessions and will be conducted via virtual classroom software. The only technical requirements are a computer, a stable internet connection, and a headset. The course is free of charge and all sessions will be conducted in English.” NB: “The course is designed for advanced writers with an active commitment to reading fiction and refining their craft,” though previous publication is not required. Enrollment will be limited to 15 writers. Apply by September 6, 2013.
  • “Quirk Books, an independent book publisher based in Philadelphia, is seeking a creative and energetic associate publicist or publicist to develop and manage publicity and marketing activities in conjunction with the Publicity & Marketing Manager. This is a full-time position.”