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).

  • “Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, America’s last large-scale romantic-style garden, will award prizes totaling more than $2,000 to poets – young and old – who best capture Magnolia as an idyllic ‘garden of romance.’ Judges will award prizes to poets who emulate the sensibility of romantic poets, stir the emotions and celebrate the natural world. Entries will be judged in adult and young adult divisions….Adult and young adult divisions entries in the “Garden of Romance” poetry contest should be in the vein of poets such as William Wordsworth, John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley of England and Celia Thaxter, Henry David Thoreau and Emily Dickinson of the United States.” No entry fee. Deadline: March 1, 2014. (via CRWROPPS-B)
  • The Owl of Minerva Award is “a $500 scholarship established by Minerva Rising to provide one woman writer with financial support to further her writing endeavors to be awarded during Women’s History Month. Our mission at Minerva Rising is to celebrate the wisdom and creativity in every woman, and to that end, we invite all wise and creative women writers to apply. We are interested in you, your story, your writing life, and how winning The Owl of Minerva Award would benefit all of the above. Please tell us in five pages or less, in the genre you feel best represents you, the direction towards which you would like to further your writing aspirations and how you would use the scholarship funds.” Deadline: March 10, 2014. No application fee. (Thanks to Anna Leahy for bringing this one to my attention.)
  • “The winner of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat Merit Scholarship Contest will be invited to attend the Salt Cay Writers Retreat with all program and tuition fees covered (travel and retreat hotel accommodations are not included).” About this conference (which takes place in the Bahamas): “While the Salt Cay Writers Retreat curriculum is particularly suited for advanced fiction writers, memoirists, and narrative non-fiction writers, any author who wishes to take their writing to the next level is welcome to join us for a memorable week of writing and instruction October 20-25.” No entry fee. Deadline: April 1, 2014.
  • “Common Good Books is pleased to announce “Love Letters”: our second annual poetry contest. Now through April 15th, submit a paean to your favorite person, place or thing and be entered to win $1,000 (1st Prize) or $250 (Four Runners-Up) at the discretion of our judges, Garrison Keillor, Tom Hennen and Patricia Hampl. Finalists will be announced April 20th. The winners will be announced at a celebration of poetry, in St. Paul, MN, on April 27th.” There is no entry fee. Contest is open to anyone living within the United States. Prizes: $1,000 for the winner and $250 for each runner-up. Two important notes to bring to your attention here. First, be sure to read the contest rules and required release VERY CAREFULLY, including the terms about the license you grant by entering your submission AND the rights you assign when you accept the prize. Second: “we’ll be posting advice on how to win from some of the best poets, editors and critics in America, including Tony Hoagland, Henri Cole, Stephen Burt, Deborah Garrison, Richard Blanco and many more.” So you may want to check the website even if you don’t enter the contest. (via Shelf Awareness)
  • From Wordrunner eChapbooks: “Submissions are open for memoir/personal narrative collections from February 1 through December 31. There is no publication schedule. If you send us something brilliant, we will want to publish it, as time allows….At least one-fourth of the collection should be previously unpublished, either in print or online. (But no stories need be previously published.)” No submission fee. Pays: “$65 for collections ($5 to $15 for single pieces).”
  • The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis is looking for an Administrative Assistant.
  • Also in Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions is advertising a position for a Marketing Associate.
  • The American Library Association (Chicago) seeks a Media Relations Specialist.
  • “The Polish Cultural Institute New York (, a diplomatic mission of the Republic of Poland, is looking for an Expert in Communications.”
  • The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (Mass.) is looking for a Staff Writer. “The Staff Writer of the Lab will work with existing staff to identify and encourage changes that can expand the production of quality journalism in America. The primary work of the position is smart reporting and writing on the evolution of the news ecosystem….Note: This is a term appointment ending June 30, 2014, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and department priorities.”
  • Washington and Lee University (Va.) is advertising for an Assistant Professor. “Tenure-track position beginning Fall 2014 in Fiction Writing and Contemporary American Fiction (post-WWII to present).”
  • From Chadron State College (Neb.): “The Department of English and Humanities seeks a Writing Specialist with an ability to teach a wide variety of courses in our degree programs focusing on writing, English Education and literature. As our department provides vital support to several areas of the new Essential Studies program, the ideal candidate will be highly qualified to teach composition and provide expertise and teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: transitional studies/developmental writing, creative writing, digital literacy, first year inquiry, capstone and literature coursework.” This is a tenure-track position.