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).

  • Quick turnaround for this one: “Here at The Mid, we want to know: What did you learn from your mother? Wait. Before you answer—we want you to write about it for us. We’re using Mother’s Day as the excuse (or angle, or hook, or whatever you want to call it) to unveil The Mid’s first-ever Special Writing Event.” Submit stories by 6 pm Eastern on Wednesday, April 29. “We’ll choose the ones we truly love, pay you $75, and run them during the week before Mother’s Day.” (via Amy Yelin)
  • Quest Writer’s Conference “is very pleased to announce that an anonymous donation has made possible five fully funded scholarships (tuition, room, and board) to the inaugural Quest Writer’s Conference. These five seats are reserved for writers whose voices are less-often heard, and who face significant barriers to conference access. Specifically, the scholarships are intended for First Nation/aboriginal/Native American writers or other writers of color, LGBTQI writers, low income* writers, young writers (under 22), and/or writers with disabilities. If one or more of these broad categories include you, and you are able to get to Squamish, BC in June, please apply here with your best writing. There is no application fee for these five seats.” Deadline: May 15, 2015. (via CRWROPPS-B)
  • “Thurber House invites authors to apply for the 2015 John E. Nance Adult Writer-in-Residence.” This 4-week residency is “housed in a two-bedroom apartment in the family home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber, and is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work in progress.The resident will receive a stipend of $4000, and will be available for at least three community outreach opportunities such as readings and teaching writing classes offered by Thurber House. Each year, the residency focuses on different genres. For 2015, the work may be fiction, or creative non-fiction including memoir.” No application fee indicated. Deadline: July 20, 2015.
  • The Carey Institute for Global Good offers Nonfiction Residencies. “Documentarians, journalists and nonfiction writers working at the professional level in their fields are eligible to apply once each calendar year. Particular areas of emphasis relate to the most pressing issues of our day, including, but not limited to: war and conflict; social justice and human rights; science, health, agriculture, environment and technology; biographies, histories and government; education; journalism and the media; and, economics and business.” There is no fee to apply, and no fee for the residency. “Residencies vary in length. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum stay is 3 months.” NB: “Please plan ahead. The pre-application questionnaire is due three months in advance for residencies starting October 15, 2015 through May 2016. The full application is due one month thereafter.” (via @rgay)
  • Coming soon: the May issue of The Practicing Writer, and of course it will be filled with news of no-fee competitions and paying calls from magazines and publishers. If you’re not yet a subscriber, please join us!
  • Job in California at Stanford University: “The School of Medicine’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs is seeking an associate editor who will assist in the production of Stanford Medicine magazine, an award-winning quarterly publication. Candidates for this position must have a strong history of success as an editor and writer in a news setting (newspapers, magazines, public information offices, etc.). This is a full-time position with excellent benefits.”
  • In New York, Rizzoli Book Store seeks a Publicity, Promotion, Events Manager.
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore) is looking for a Publicist.
  • Cornell University (New York) is advertising for a Staff Writer/Editor and Social Media Coordinator.
  • Eastern Oregon University is advertising for a “Visiting Instructor to serve English/Writing program needs in literature, creative writing (including screenwriting), and composition. One year appointment.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of North Texas invites applications for Visiting Assistant Professor of Literary Nonfiction.”