Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

dollar-sign-mdMonday 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 second annual short story contest from the Loudoun County [Virginia] Public Library is *not* limited to Loudoun County residents. No theme: “This is your chance to get creative! Stories can be inspired by real life, fantasies, mysteries, adventures, or even horror.” Cash prizes: $200/$100/$50 for the top three stories. Those winners and honorable mentions will receive a copy of the resulting book. No entry fee. Deadline: August 11, 2014. (h/t
  • From editor Barry Basden: “Camroc Press Review is booked to the end of 2014 and is now reading for its seventh and final year of publication. It’s been a great ride, one I’ve enjoyed immensely. There are 52 more Wednesdays to fill. When that’s done, submissions will close and CPR will be on autopilot, sailing into its sunset. Writing accepted for publication next year will earn $100, payable upon acceptance. Those writers will also be eligible for the Editor’s Favorite Award, which will increase to $5,000 for 2015, shared equally if more than one is selected. We’re looking for micro prose or poetry that moves us to joy or sadness or anger or any other real emotion that illuminates the human condition. We especially like to see writing with layers or subtext that deepens what it makes us feel. Each piece should not be over 500 words. If you’re sending poetry, not over three per submission. Please include your mailing address and a short, third person bio that tells us something about you besides prior credits.By submitting your work to CPR you are warranting that you own all rights. We no longer accept reprints. All work appearing in Camroc Press Review is published on a rolling basis every Wednesday and archived under the authors’ names. If your original work is later reprinted elsewhere, we ask that you please note its first publication here. All rights revert to the authors upon publication. We retain none.”
  • This call for humorous travel stories is, um, a bit unusual. From editor Kirsten Koza: “I’m the editor for Wake Up and Smell the Shit, the Travelers’ Tales 2015 anthology of outrageous travel misadventures. You’re invited to submit your true stories of shitting, barfing, farting, bad situations, snakes, demons, hookers, robberies, accidents, peculiar medical procedures, hilarious sex-ploits, gun-toting drug crazed militants, or bureaucrats gone wild. This book can have it all. We want crazy travel stories that will make the reader laugh as they wake to the realities we are often protected from at home. Travelers’ Tales is dubbed ‘the travel publishing giant’ by Matador. Their books and stories are often award winning, sometimes bestselling, and the quality of writing is exceptional.” Pays: “a $100 honorarium, one free copy of the book, and the right to purchase an unlimited number of any Travelers’ Tales titles for 50% off the cover price (plus shipping and handling).” Deadline: September 1, 2014 (but note the editor’s comment about not waiting until then if you have something ready to go). (h/t
  • n+1 is seeking a full­-time Deputy Managing Editor.
  • Tupelo Quarterly…is taking nominations and applications for the position of Managing Editor….The post is part-time, but represents a significant commitment — and an opportunity to make a significant impact on contemporary literary publishing….Compensation dependent on experience.”
  • Linden Avenue Literary Journal is looking for a social media staffer. Pays: “small monthly stipend.” (h/t The Review Review)
  • A part-time job is available for an individual to “to staff and take responsibility for the small mobile branch of the Jewish Community Library at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.”
  • The Newspaper Association of America is advertising for a Project Manager.
  • Yale University Press is looking for a Publicist.
  • “The Bentley University Department of English & Media Studies [Massachusetts] seeks applicants for one adjunct position to teach poetry during the Fall 2014 semester.”
  • “The George Mason University, Department of English [Virginia] invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Nonfiction position to begin fall 2015.”