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).

  • Attn, NYC poets: “The Emerging Poets Fellowship is an annual opportunity for poets to receive guidance and instruction from a distinguished and diverse faculty and enter the next stage of their professional and artistic practice. Funded for the fourth year by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, this fellowship immerses poets in a twelve-week program consisting of workshops and meetings that are reinforced by the inspiring environment here at Poets House, including our poetry library and unique archives as well as a diverse offering of readings and conversations by leading poets and scholars. The program includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House’s events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.” There is no application fee. Apply by December 1. NB: “Each participant will receive a stipend of $150 to cover travel expenses. There may also be some funding to help participants pay childcare expenses.”
  • In Atlanta, Creative Loafing is running a fiction contest. “Submit a manuscript of no more than 3,000 words. All works of fiction must in some way incorporate ‘Crush’ — as a theme, a metaphor, or some good ol’ fashioned puppy love. Be creative, take risks, and send us your best work. In the words of Ernest Hemingway, feel free to write drunk and edit sober. Either way, the word count is strictly enforced.” Cash prizes: $500/$250/$100. There is no entry fee. “Winners will be published in Creative Loafing and honored at an awards ceremony.” Deadline: November 3, 2014, 5pm. (h/t
  • “A professional writer and/or storyteller is sought for the position of Writer/Storyteller‑in‑Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture. The three-month residency, from September 8 to December 8, 2015, will require the successful candidate to spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers at the University of Manitoba, to give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus, and to lead an informal non-credit workshop. The remaining time is to be devoted to the writer or storyteller’s own artistic projects. The successful candidate will receive a salary of $15,000.00 CAD, plus rent-free accommodation and return transportation to Winnipeg. There may also be a separate additional residency from January 3 to April 3, 2016, subject to availability of funds, so applicants are encouraged to mention their availability during this period as well.” NB:”Candidates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply; however, full proficiency in English is required, and publications or performance credits in English would be an asset.” Application deadline is November 7, 2014. No application fee.
  • Tincture Journal is a quarterly e-book literary journal, featuring fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction from Australia and the world. There is no thematic focus. Our aim is to provide a space for both new and experienced writers to publish their work.” They’re currently open for submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and scripts. NB: “We would particularly like to see some more English writing from Asia and the Pacific.” Pays: “All published writers will be paid, generally a fixed amount, although certain commissioned pieces or longer pieces might attract a higher rate. The payment rate varies based on the length of your piece and previous sales, but is generally in the range of $20-100 AUD.” (h/t @Duotrope)
  • Some ideas on where to send your personal essays (warning–not every venue listed there is a paying one, but most seem to be).
  • Job in Boston: “Trident Booksellers & Cafe is looking for a full-time Events and Marketing Coordinator.”
  • Job in New York: This one is actually a revised version of my own former job. Its new title is Communications/Publications/Editorial Manager at the Central Office of The City University of New York.
  • The University of The Incarnate Word (Texas) is looking for an Assistant Professor in English (Creative Writing/Fiction) “with a specialization in traditionally underrepresented literatures (tenure-track, 4-4 load) beginning August 2015. The successful candidate regularly will teach English core courses and courses in creative writing (specifically in fiction writing).”
  • “The Department of English, Creative Writing, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, invites applications from distinguished fiction writers of national and/or international reputation for tenured Associate/Full Professor in English (half time or full time), depending on the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and interest.”
  • “Mount Mary University, Wisconsin’s oldest Catholic university for women, is seeking an individual to contribute the realization of our mission through the role of a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature beginning in fall 2015.”
  • New Mexico Highlands University seeks an Assistant Professor of English: “Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate Creative Non-Fiction, Technical Writing, and Freshman Composition. In addition to teaching, the selected candidate will be expected to advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students, conduct research in area of specialization, disseminate the results of the research at scholarly conferences and in professional publications.”
  • “The Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University are conducting a search for a fiction writer at the tenured associate level or at the level of full professor.”