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).

  • Among the resources on the new ShortStops site is a list of UK- and Ireland-based litmags that publish short stories. (The list is annotated; you can see immediately which magazines pay.)
  • Cleis Press plans to publish an anthology, Take This Man, in time to commemorate the first anniversary of the decision against the DOMA. The editor, Neil Plakcy, “seeks romantic erotica focused on male couples in committed relationships.” Deadline: December 1, 2013. Pays: $60/story, payable on publication, plus one copy of the book. (via
  • Note for publishers from Publishers Weekly: “Needed: Information on adult trade titles (new titles only; no reprints!) being published in all general trade formats (hardcover, trade paper, mass market, audio, e-book) between Feb 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014 and children’s trade titles (new titles only; no reprints) being published within the same time span—Feb. 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014. Publishers are invited to enter their data online at” Deadline: December 9, 2013.
  • Four Way Books is holding a no-fee submission season (November 15-December 15) “for a book-length collection of poetry in English by a New York City resident (5 boroughs) for a first or second collection of poems.” (via CRWROPPS-B)
  • The blog at Writing Through Your Divorce welcomes “personal essays, short fiction, experimental fiction, and poetry. Even if the characters or narrators are fictional, we want you, the author, to be a person at some stage of divorce, including remarriage. We welcome serious writing and irreverent writing, in equal measure. We want our readers to think, relate, laugh, cry, disagree, find comfort, reconsider their comfort zones, be inspired, be encouraged, and be reminded. Our goal is to host an online collection of fine writing about divorce, so please send us your best, edited, most thoughtful work. Prose submissions should be 1,500 words or less. Poetry submissions should include one poem of no more than 5 pages. We welcome submissions that are in English, that are not reprints, and that are not being submitted elsewhere simultaneously.” Pays: “on publication (via PayPal only) at the rate of $25 for first publishing rights.”
  • “ is accepting nonfiction (how-to) articles on the business aspects of freelance writing. Average word length is between 650 and 1,200 words (or above). We pay an honorarium of $25. We work with both emerging and seasoned writers….We are interested in topics that help writers break into different markets; how to find new writing opportunities; make more money with their writing skills; how to write different types of specific articles or copy; etc. What can freelance writers learn from you?”
  • Another call for submissions from Robert Lee Brewer, this time for the next edition of the Guide to Self-Publishing. “Anyone familiar with the book will know that I’m looking for articles that will help self-publishers find more success, whether it’s making better covers or reaching a wider audience.” Pitch by December 15, 2013. Pays: “[W]e do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, I don’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned.”
  • Minnesota Monthly magazine is looking for an Editorial Assistant and for a Style Editor.
  • Columbia University (New York) is looking for an Editorial Assistant to work on Columbia College Today.
  • “Digital Book World, the leading online resource for the ebook and digital publishing industry, is looking for a detail-oriented, hard-working content producer to join the editorial team.” (This position is in New York.)
  • The University of Dayton is taking applications for the Herbert W. Martin Post-Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing and Diversity: “Established in honor of the University of Dayton English Department’s longest serving poet and first African-American faculty member, the Herbert W. Martin Fellowship is designed to advance inclusive excellence and creative writing in the University and community by promoting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of a diverse faculty, especially including those from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. We invite applications from creative writers who demonstrate sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and who bring this asset to their teaching and scholarship.”
  • Missouri Western State University seeks an Assistant Professor of English. “The department seeks a candidate with experience in creative writing and in the publishing industry to help develop the emphasis area in creative writing and publishing. Duties include teaching courses (face-to-face or online) in creative writing (mainly poetry) and editing a literary magazine as well as teaching general studies literature and composition.”
  • From Oregon State University: “The School of Writing, Literature & Film invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, fixed-term Visiting Assistant Professor position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. This is a one-year position. Over the three terms of the 2014-2015 academic year, the faculty member will teach five courses, including one graduate-level (MFA) workshop, one upper-division craft class, and undergraduate literature and/or creative writing courses as assigned. Each position also requires serving as thesis advisor for two MFA students and assisting with the reviewing of applications to the MFA program.” This is a position for a fiction specialist. (Via CRWROPPS-B, I discovered that there’s also a position for a creative-nonfiction specialist.)