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 [Edward F. Albee] Foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (better known as ‘The Barn’) in Montauk, on Long Island in New York, as a residence for writers and visual artists of all media. The Center is open from mid-May through mid-October, and can accommodate comfortably up to five persons at a time. Residencies are for 4 or 6 week periods of time. The standards for admission are, simply, talent and need….Writers are offered a room; visual artists are offered a room and studio space. Residents are responsible for their food, travel, and other expenses. The environment is simple and communal.” No application fee. Deadline: March 1, 2014. (h/t Theatre Funding Opportunities)
  • From The Fog Horn: “We’re on the hunt for brave new short stories: comedy, adventure, sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, horror — your favorite fiction genre is welcome here.” Pays: $1,000 (yes, you read that right!). (via
  • “We’re thrilled to announce our first-ever nonfiction contest at Vela! We’re looking for creative nonfiction, written by women, with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. We’re interested in a wide range of essays and stories, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and expository or experimental essays. We are not a “women’s magazine,” and are not looking for work that is written solely for a female audience.” First prize: $500 plus publication. “There is no entry fee. We understand that times are tough and we want all women writers, regardless of financial circumstances, to be able to submit. We do suggest a donation of $10 to help cover the costs of running Vela and the contest. Those who donate will receive a snazzy PDF entitled Women We Read This Year, an annotated compilation of the best feature and essay writing by women from 2013, drawn from our weekly Women We Read This Week column.” Deadline: March 31, 2014.
  • By this time next week, the February issue of The Practicing Writer will have gone out to subscribers. As always, it will be an issue replete with no-fee contests and paying calls for submission. If you’re not yet a subscriber (subscriptions are free), learn more here.
  • “Lilith magazine, a not-for-profit publication, welcomes applicants for a new staff position: the Malka Foundation Editorial Fellow will participate in all facets of creating the quarterly print issues of Lilith magazine (independent, Jewish & frankly feminist), and will work with Lilith online ( as well. The Malka Fellowship will provide the right candidate with a unique opportunity to be part of the lively nuts-and-bolts world of magazine publishing. The year-long Fellowship will begin in Spring 2014.” NB: “The Lilith fellowship will provide a salary, plus focused mentorship and learning.” Deadline: February 14, 2014. No application fee indicated.
  • The College of the Bahamas is advertising for an Assistant Professor, Creative Writing.
  • Oberlin College (Ohio) seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing for one year: “Incumbent will teach a total of 5 courses in the general area of prose fiction, such as a large course in the introduction to fiction, intermediate courses in specific narrative modes and advanced workshops for majors. Expertise in teaching a secondary genre, such as screenwriting, playwriting, or graphic narrative, is desirable.”
  • 4 thoughts on “Monday Markets for Writers

    1. Patricia says:

      Erika, thanks for your weekly lists!

    2. I just want to let you know how much I appreciate you and what you do for
      your fellow writers. Thank you.

    3. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you both so much for taking the time to comment. It really means a lot to me to know that this work makes a difference.

    4. Darrell Lindsey says:

      I agree with Doreen. Thank you for helping writers !

    Comments are closed.