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).

  • Wordrunner eChapbooks publishes quarterly online collections of fiction, poetry or memoir (personal narrative) and the occasional anthology….Submissions are open for the December 2013 MEMOIR / PERSONAL NARRATIVE echapbook from October 1 through November 30, 2013. The prose narratives should be based on personal experience and written from 1st person point of view. They may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 3,500 words each, totaling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 16,000 words for the collection. We would like to publish at least five long narratives, and no more than 18 (if short or flash). They need not be linked, but it would be a plus if they belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or character/s. Each piece should be original and compelling. They can be funny or serious, or both, but something should have changed for the narrator or have been learned in the process of reshaping that experience. At least one-fourth of the collection should be previously unpublished, either in print or online. (But no stories need be previously published.).” Pays: $65.
  • “Since 2005 the Rossica Translation Prize has shone a spotlight on Russian literature in translation and honoured the talent and dedication of the translators and publishers who give Russia an English voice. The value of the prize is £1,500, to be split between the translator and the publisher at the Judges’ discretion. The Rossica Prize is awarded to a new English translation of a literary work written in Russian by any author, present or past. We will accept any work of prose, poetry, drama, biography or history, including multi-author anthologies and short story collections. Translations of works that have previously been translated into English are eligible, but reprints of existing translations are not….We invite publishers to submit books published in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the next Rossica Prize, which will be awarded in 2014.” Deadline: December 1, 2013. No entry fee.
  • “The Moth – hailed as ‘New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket’ by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.” And they’re looking for a paid development intern.
  • Grub Street is pleased to offer $200.00 scholarships to forty selected writers each year. 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. There are 4 application deadlines throughout the year– one in each term. We’ll give out 10 scholarships after each deadline.” The next deadline is December 5, 2013 (noon, presumably Boston time). NB: “In addition to our usual Winter Term scholarships, we are pleased to be able to offer a special scholarship, the Shannon Smith Memorial Scholarship, for female students wishing to take our Master Fiction course. The scholarship is named in honor of Grub student Shannon Smith. Shannon lived just 32 short years but in that time she managed to graduate from Columbia, earn her Master’s at the University of Wisconsin, teach English in Poland and South Korea, create experimental music under the name of Pataphor and write some wonderfully understated fiction with so much depth (The summer 2013 issue of Midwest Gothic features one of Shannon’s last stories). To honor Shannon’s unconventional and creative nature, this scholarship will be awarded to a female Master Fiction student. It’s just one small way of keeping alive the spirit of a truly unique soul.” No application fees.
  • “AAAS’s official site for members — — seeks U.S.-based freelance writers to pen profiles of AAAS members (scientists, engineers, researchers etc. from all scientific disciplines) that live and work in the freelancer’s local community. A writer for AAAS MemberCentral must have experience writing profiles and know how to explain (unpack) a scientist’s research to a broad scientific audience. A background or degree in science or journalism is required.” Pays: “We pay $.80/word at a maximum length of 800 words.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth has a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor position available beginning 25 August 2014.” Appears to be a position for a prose writer.
  • The Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities offers a Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowship for “scholars and artists who have received their terminal degrees (PhDs in the humanities, MFAs in the fine and performing arts, Masters or beyond in design fields such as architecture) within the past three years (after May 1, 2011).” Next year’s theme will be “the human”: “For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, with implications for the future of all life on the planet. But has ‘humanism’ been part of the problem all along? How should we think differently–about the biosphere and the social world–if we are going to avoid realizing our deepest dystopian fears?” Fellowship confers $46,000 plus benefits and a $4,000 research fund. No application fee. Deadline: January 15, 2014.
  • Denison University (Ohio) seeks a Social Media Producer/Staff Writer.
  • The New York Philharmonic is advertising for a Communications Assistant.
  • Princeton University (N.J.) is looking for a Writer: “The writer is responsible for researching and writing a majority of the wide range of materials created by the Office of Development Communications, including but not limited to proposals, case statements, fact sheets, news releases, feature articles for print and electronic media, remarks, talking points, and materials for dedications, conferences, and other special events. S/he interviews alumni, professors, administrators, and others; conducts other forms of research, and synthesizes the information gathered into clear and compelling materials in support of this fast-paced office’s fundraising mission. S/he also helps identify images and video to illustrate projects, and assists in special projects, as assigned. The position is charged with producing a high volume of well-crafted material under tight deadlines that meets strategic communications objectives.”