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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).

  • Tent: Creative Writing 2015 “welcomes aspiring and practicing writers to the Yiddish Book Center to workshop, read, and talk about craft and literary history. The program features fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction workshops taught by faculty from top MFA programs. Participants will discuss classics of modern Jewish literature, from Sholem Aleichem to Adrienne Rich, with literary scholar Josh Lambert (UMass Amherst), and consider the roles played by Jews in the creation of literary modernism and postmodernism.” No fee to apply or participate (but you must be 21-30 to be eligible). Deadline: February 24.
  • Over the weekend I learned about a new contest from Work Stew: “Describe a moment on the job, real or imagined, where the work at hand suddenly took on new meaning.” No entry fee. Prize: “$200 for the winner, whom [Kate Walton] will select and announce on 3/1/15. The winning entry, and perhaps some other entries, will be published on workstew.com.” Deadline: February 28, 2015. (Note word limit: 600 words.)
  • As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday morning, The New York Times has announced a new round for its Modern Love College Essay Contest: “We’re inviting college students nationwide to open their hearts and laptops and write an essay that describes what love is like for them today.” Prize: “The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special Modern Love column [in] May 2015, and on nytimes.com.” No entry fee. Deadline: March 15, 2015.
  • “Graduating college seniors and recent graduates are invited to apply for the First Things junior fellows program. The junior fellows work closely with the editors to produce the magazine and its website. The one-year, full-time fellowship (which can be extended to a second year) includes housing and a modest stipend.” NB: The editorial offices for the magazine, which describes itself as “American’s most influential journal of religion and public life,” are located in New York, so I’m assuming the fellows programs takes place in the same, but you may want to confirm. No application fee. Deadline: March 16.
  • Brilliant Flash Fiction is running a Photo Prompt Writing Contest, inviting submissions of stories inspired by a photo (presented on the site). Prize: “100 euro (or the equivalent in your currency.” No entry fee. Deadline: March 15, 2015. (via FlashFictionFlash)
  • “Spider Road Press seeks submissions to our 2016 anthology, Approaching Footsteps: Four Novellas by Women. Beginning on February 15th, we will be considering submissions of unpublished, suspenseful literary novellas by women writers. Novellas should be 9,000- 13,000 words long (40-60 pages). We seek well-crafted fiction in which the plot strengthens the characterization. Novellas featuring protagonists from traditionally under-represented communities are particularly encouraged. One submission per writer allowed. We have a small staff, so it could take us up to five months (after the final submission date) to contact authors regarding acceptances and rejections. Payment upon publication: $50 and two free copies of the collection.” Deadline: May 15, 2015.
  • The Writer’s Chronicle has reopened for submissions. Pays: “$14 per 100 words for accepted manuscripts,” on publication.
  • “The University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall 2015. Poets and fiction writers are encouraged to apply; the department is especially interested in applicants who show evidence of publishing and teaching in multiple genres.”
  • California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo seeks a Full-time Lecturer in English. “One year appointment with the possibility of an extension to a second year. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Duties and responsibilities include teaching two junior-level classes in fiction writing each term as well as freshman composition.”
  • The Young Writers Workshop program of the University of Virginia is advertising for summer instructors and residential teachers & counselors.
  • The University of Michigan seeks an Academic Programs Manager. “The primary responsibilities of this position are to coordinate the Visiting Writers Series and to assist the MFA Director, who provides primary supervision, with administrative supervision by the Department Manager.”
  • Pacific Standard is looking for a new editor with print magazine experience to join our growing team. This editor’s main responsibility will be assigning, managing, writing, and producing the print magazine’s front-of-book sections and articles. We are in search of someone who has the ideas and initiative to improve these features and expand them online.” (via Monique Brouillette)
  • “The Integrated Communications team in Vanderbilt University News and Communications [Tennessee] is seeking an experienced and proven professional to serve as editor of the university’s flagship publication, Vanderbilt Magazine, and to provide editorial support to the university’s other print and digital publications and other communications.”
  • “826DC–a nonprofit youth writing center located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC–is looking to add a Part Time Program Assistant to lead our Field Trips program.” (via @MikeScalise)
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