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).

  • 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 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. Send us writing that provides an emotional jolt, work that pierces and surprises us. Of course, we never know what that will be until we see it.”
  • Announcing the Brazos/AFA Collaboration Contest: “Brazos Bookstore and American Festival for the Arts (AFA), Houston’s largest non-profit music education provider for kids, are teaming up to develop a new musical/literary work celebrating AFA’s twentieth anniversary serving kids throughout Southeast Texas. Writers from all background and working in any genre are invited to submit a short work of no more than 500 words on the theme ‘Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.’ The winning selection will be used as the basis and/or inspiration for a musical composition by award-winning composer Hugh Lobel that will be premiered at the AFA Collaborations Concert (two performances in May and July). Dr. Lobel is an AFA alumnus who is being commissioned for this special work to mark AFA’s twentieth anniversary. There is no submission fee. The winning author will be invited to read his/her work at the performances, and will also receive $500.” NB: Entrants must reside in Houston. Deadline: December 15, 2014. Ben Fountain will judge.
  • “For nearly a decade, the Friends of Andersonville have funded an annual grant program which provides financial assistance to support original research and writing leading to interpretive works on the history of American Prisoners of War.” Maximum grant: $1,000. No application fee. Deadline: December 12, 2014.
  • “The Penn State Altoona English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in fiction and creative nonfiction. The program is targeted at early-career writers, preferably without a published book. The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2015 semester (August 24–December 18). The resident writer will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses, and work informally with our English majors. We are looking for a writer with publications of poetry in literary magazines and dramatic/screen productions. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the work submitted. Successful candidate typically lives in the Altoona area during residency for the Fall 2015 semester. Benefits and housing are not included.”
  • The University of Chicago is looking for a Faculty Profiles Project Writer (temporary): “Reporting to the Associate for Content in the News Office, the Faculty Profiles Writer will gather pre-existing materials with academic and biographical information about UChicago faculty members from a number of University sources (personal and departmental web pages, the Faculty Experts Guide, curricula vitae). The Faculty Profiles Project Writer will use this information to write bios for the Faculty Profiles database project.”
  • University of Central Missouri is advertising for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Poetry: “Full time, 9-month teaching position. Duties to include teaching composition, literature surveys, and all levels of creative writing, as well as editorial responsiblity at Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Pleiades Press. Teaching load is 4-4 with the possibility of a course reduction for work on Pleiades.”
  • From Harvard University [Massachusetts]: “The Department of English seeks applications for a Briggs-Copeland lecturer in fiction. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2015. The lecturer will be responsible for teaching two undergraduate writing workshops per semester. Additional duties include advising and grading senior theses. The position is a five year untenured, non-renewable appointment.”
  • From Colby College [Maine]: “Applications are invited for a one-semester part-time position, for the 2015 spring semester, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, from candidates with demonstrated teaching excellence and publications in the field of Fiction Writing. The teaching load will be 3 workshop courses of fiction writing, two beginning and one intermediate. Applicants must have a MFA or equivalent.”
  • Also from Colby College: “Applications are invited for a one-year, part-time position, for the 2015-2016 academic year, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, from candidates with demonstrated teaching excellence and publications in the field of Creative Nonfiction Writing. The teaching load will be 2 workshop courses of creative nonfiction writing, one in the fall and one in the spring, or two in the spring. Applicants must have a MFA or equivalent.”