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).

  • Anthology call: “We are seeking new and published authors and artists to share works focused on music and the impact it has on people’s lives. Whether it expresses a story of healing, community, cultural or family traditions, musicianship, travel experiences, an historical account, or any other experience with music, we invite you to tell your story. This opportunity is open to anyone, from anywhere in the world….As a multimedia publication, Stories of Music can include a wide array of storytelling styles. We are specifically seeking creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoir excerpts, and literary journalism), poetry, photography and art, videos, and audio recordings, but we are also open to additional genres and styles. As long as music is the centerpiece and the story is true, it will be considered.” Deadline: June 1, 2015. Pays: “Each author or artist who is selected and accepts our offer to be published in Stories of Music will receive $200 (U.S. dollars), a copy of the print edition, the ebook, and (hopefully) a good feeling that your work will help us donate money to national music programs. We are open to negotiating an increased rate for previously published authors….” (Thanks to Lisa Romeo for reminding me about this one.)
  • From Creative Nonfiction: “The first book in the Writing Pittsburgh series will focus on Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods as a defining and transformative feature of the city and surrounding areas. We’re looking for stories that show change over time; that feature vivid characters; and that have something important to say to a national audience. The book will include at least ten original narratives, each focused on a different neighborhood. Contributing writers need not currently live in Pittsburgh, but should have roots or spiritual connections to the area; they must also be available to attend events related to the project. We’re seeking a diverse group of writers, from veterans to novices—people with original ideas about capturing the character and meaning of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods and industries for both a local and national readership. All writers whose pitches are accepted will participate in a day-long workshop in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 19 and will have the opportunity to brainstorm, collaborate, and network with the other writers.” Pitch deadline: 11:59 pm EST on June 12, 2015. Pays: “Writers whose pitches are accepted will receive $1,000 upon publication.” See for more information.
  • On a related note, Creative Nonfiction is also calling for applications for Writing Pittsburgh Fellowships: “Interested in learning more about small press publishing from the inside? We’re offering a one-year publishing fellowship. Fellows will work mainly on the Writing Pittsburgh project, but will also have the opportunity to work on other CNF projects including the magazine and other books, and because CNF is a small nonprofit organization, the fellow will also have the opportunity to learn about everything—not just the editorial work—that goes into publishing a book (and magazine), from marketing to distribution to event planning. The publishing fellowship requires a 15 hour per week commitment starting in September 2015 and ending in August 2016 and comes with an stipend of $5,000, paid over the year. The fellowship is open to anyone; we’re happy to work with current students who might be eligible to get course credit, but we’re equally open to working with non-students.” Deadline: June 1, 2015.
  • “The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.” NB: “To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a C.V., along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work.” No application fee indicated. Deadline: June 15, 2015 (received).
  • “The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach fiction writing and literary journal editing courses beginning August 2015. This position is a one year appointment.”
  • “ is seeking a full-time editorial assistant to join our New York-based team. We’re a Jewish parenting website for smart, savvy moms, but you don’t need to be a mom to work here. You also don’t need to be Jewish, though some familiarity with Jewish culture and traditions helps. What we’re really looking for is someone with excellent editing and writing skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to stay on top of a variety of tasks. Bonus points for a sense of humor and love of all things digital and internet-y (and who can come up with a better word than internet-y).” Job is located in midtown Manhattan.
  • Another New York job: “The Center for Fiction is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant to support the Executive Director.”
  • Wyoming job: “The Jackson Hole News&Guide, an award-winning weekly newspaper, has an immediate, full-time opening for an arts/features writer who also will coordinate our community and arts sections.”