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).

  • Reader’s Digest is running a poetry contest: “Dazzle us with your best poem, 15 lines or fewer. One grand-prize winner will receive $500 and be published in our June 2015 issue. Three additional winners will receive $100.” No entry fee. Deadline: January 30, 2015. (via
  • From the Kentucky Foundation for Women: “The 2015 Summer Residency program is open to all women who are feminist social change artists with a literary arts focus who live and work in Kentucky.” This summer’s program, “Living the Ink,” “invites applications from women writers who wish to work closely with Writer-in-Residence, Crystal Wilkinson to develop their artistic and professional skills….The Residency culminates with an open Community Workshop led by the Writer-in-Residence, Crystal Wilkinson. Workshop participants will not need to apply, but will need to register to attend.” Residency application deadline: March 6, 2015. No application fee. Moreover, “selected residents will participate free of cost.”
  • From “Have a Freelance Success Story to share? We pay $40 on acceptance, non-exclusive electronic rights only. Success stories run around 300 words but we’re very flexible.”
  • Coming soon: The February edition of The Practicing Writer. Never too late to subscribe and receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with MORE no-fee competitions and paying calls for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
  • Foreword Reviews seeks “an experienced writer to cover indie publishing.” This freelance position is located in Traverse City, Michigan.
  • “Zócalo Public Square, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism, seeks a driven and dynamic Assistant Editor to join our team.”
  • From The Sun magazine: “We need an Associate Editor at The Sun, a nonprofit, ad-free magazine in its forty-first year of publication. This full-time position is based in our editorial office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Associate Editor actively solicits new writing for the magazine and works closely with authors on revising and editing their work for publication. The Associate Editor also reads and evaluates submissions and helps shape the long-term editorial direction of the magazine.”
  • “The English Department at Bates College seeks an emerging creative non-fiction writer or poet with an additional interest and publication record in a secondary genre, beginning September, 2015, for a two-year writing and teaching fellowship funded by the Mellon Foundation.The Mellon Fellow will teach five courses over two years (one each semester), including a condensed, five-week course over the College’s Short Term, and will assist in developing innovative creative writing pedagogies in association with one or more interdisciplinary programs, Environmental Studies preferred. While the position involves only a moderate course load, the successful candidate will further contribute to the intellectual life of the college through public readings and symposia, among other programming initiatives. Compensation will be at the assistant professor level, title of lecturer. In addition to undergraduate-level teaching experience by the time of appointment, required qualifications include an MFA plus significant periodical publications. Desired qualifications include one book published or under contract with a well-regarded press, and publications in a secondary genre.” NB: Although this position is listed as a post-doctoral fellowship, the qualifications suggest that an MFA will suffice.
  • “The English Department at the University or Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position with a primary emphasis in Creative Writing-Fiction (R97149) at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 2015. UALR is a research intensive/doctoral institution with a metropolitan university mission, offering a competitive salary and attractive fringe benefits.”