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).

  • New Canadian magazine The Impressment Gang “accept[s] submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing in general.” Pays: “We are proud to announce that we have started to pay our contributors the sum of $25. We are working hard to increase this drastically to what we think they should deserve. But right now, it’s all we got.” (via
  • “We are happy to announce that we are now paying writers! Starting with Issue 75, Willow Springs will pay contributors $100 per published prose piece and $20 per published poem. There is a $3 reading fee for prose, but no fee for poetry.” (via Alan Jankowski)
  • TinyLetter Residency: “Five writers will spend ten days at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California from November 30 to December 9, 2014. During the residency, each writer will work on a project of their own choosing, free from the distractions of everyday life. TinyLetter will cover the writers’ room and board, plus travel to and from Palm Springs. Writers will gather for dinner together on the first and last nights, with the remaining time open for working alone (or in groups, if a collaborative mood strikes).” This opportunity “is for writers who have a specific project to work on. Fiction writers, journalists, poets, essayists—all are welcome to apply. Just tell us a little about yourself and let us know what you’d like to work on during your time in Palm Springs.” NB: “You don’t have to be a TinyLetter user to apply, but if you’re accepted, we’ll ask you to create a free TinyLetter account and send a few updates during the residency.” Application deadline is September 26. No application fee indicated. (via
  • “Next year marks an historic moment, the 150th anniversary of the publication of the classic story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! To celebrate how absolutely mad we are about this occasion, Leap Books, LLC will publish a special Alice-inspired anthology called BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT and you, yes, YOU are invited to the party! Join a roster of well-loved authors writing new YA stories inspired by a classic tale. Submissions should be between 4,000-6,000 words in length, include a protagonist named Alice and a stuffed white rabbit whose appearance signals the start of adventure. All YA genres are eligible. Title, premise/elevator pitch, and your complete submission are due to LeapBks(at)gmail(dot)com by midnight EST November 15. Authors should include ALICE in their email’s heading. The final lineup for the anthology will be announced December 15. Authors whose stories are selected for inclusion in the BEWARE THE LITTLE WHITE RABBIT anthology and who meet revision requirements and associated deadlines will be paid a one-time fee of $50 USD.” (via
  • “Each year the SCBWI [Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators] sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.” Scholarship application deadline for the winter conference, which takes place in New York, is December 8, 2014. There is no application fee indicated. (via CRWROPPS-B)
  • A few listings you may wish to explore further in this new article on “Paying Culture-related Markets for Writers.”
  • “Grist, the web’s foremost source for intelligent, irreverent environmental news and commentary, is looking for a social media and engagement editor.” This job is based in Seattle.
  • “The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a part-time professional writer to join the small, devoted staff of Philadelphia’s premier non-collecting museum. The Writer-at-Large provides broad-based writing and editorial support for ICA development, communications, and curatorial departments, as well as for the Director.”
  • “The Daytona Beach News-Journal [Florida] seeks an editorial writer to join its three-person opinion page staff. We’re looking for a skillful writer and diligent researcher/reporter who can craft daily editorials on local and state topics. Opinion writing experience is preferred, but not required.”
  • Italian America magazine seeks an editor. This job is in Washington. “Italian America is the most widely read magazine in the U.S. for people of Italian heritage. It is 40 pages long, including the four covers. It is published quarterly by the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation’s biggest and oldest organization for Italian Americans. It is circulated to some 70,000 households and an online version is also available.”
  • “The Undergraduate Writing Program of Warren Wilson College seeks a creative nonfiction writer to join our faculty and assist us in shaping our growing program….This is a full-time, junior-level position in an extended contract system with a 3-3 load.”
  • “The Department of English at Northern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Nonfiction.”
  • “The Department of English at Northern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Native American Literature with expertise in Creative Writing (Poetry).”
  • “The Department of English at Northern Michigan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Fiction Writing.”
  • “Humboldt State University’s [California] Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Writing Practices.”
  • “The Department of English Studies at Illinois State University invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Fiction Writing.”
  • “The Department of English at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Creative Writing-Poetry at the level of associate professor.”