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).

  • A true “flash” opportunity from Crab Orchard Review: “Short Poems/Short Prose – Deadline: June 2, 2015 (midnight PDT) One Submission per Poet or Writer, up to 3 Poems 20 Lines or Less Each Poem, or One Prose Piece up to 700 Words; no theme or topic with this; just send the best short poems (unpublished and no more than 20 lines long) or short fiction or nonfiction piece (unpublished and no more than 700 words) that you would like us to consider and respond to you by June 10, 2015. Not a contest. The poems and short prose pieces accepted from this call for submissions will appear in Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, which will be published February 2016. All poetry published in Crab Orchard Review receives $25 per published page (a minimum payment of $50) plus two copies of the issue and a year’s subscription (two issues).” NB: It looks as though they’re going to receive up to 1,000 submissions; if they reach that number before June 2, midnight, they’ll close the portal. Act fast! (via CRWROPPS-B)
  • Moment Magazine is extending the deadline for its Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative (DPIJI) to June 15, 2015. The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative encourages young journalists to write in-depth stories on modern manifestations of deeply ingrained prejudices, including but not limited to anti-Semitism. With the help of our prestigious panel of journalists, Moment select and mentors the writer, providing her or him with journalistic as well as financial support. The fellowship offers $5,000 to cover the costs of the project—$2,500 up front, and $2,500 upon completion of the story. Applicants must be between the ages of 22 and 38; international applicants are welcome to apply. Moment launched The Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism in 2010 in honor of the 38-year-old Wall Street Journal reporter slain by terrorists in 2002.” No fee to apply.
  • From “We are currently calling for submissions. If you are passionate about helping your fellow freelance writers succeed, then this just might be for you. We’re in need of articles that we call “big list articles.” For example, 54 writing platforms that pay writers….We are particularly interested in publishing articles that give our readers an immediate benefit. Maybe it means they can apply to a new writing platform, submit their writing to a specific publisher, or immediately contact a new client using the ideas that you provide. In short, we want specific, actionable information. For these articles, pay starts at $100.” (h/t Alan Jankowski)
  • The June issue of The Practicing Writer, our free monthly newsletter featuring lots more information on no-fee contests and calls from paying litmag/publishers, has gone out to subscribers. This current issue is also available online.
  • “CafeMom’s blog, The Stir, is looking for a full-time Staff Writer (primarily in parenting) with at least 5 years reporting and online writing experience. The ideal candidate is equally comfortable debating beautiful baby names and opining on celebrity gender reveals as they are shifting gears to interview a pediatrician or viral video star. A creative thinker who sees that messy toddler in the supermarket as a GIF post or listicle in the making, the staff writer should be able to roll out funny rants, quirky quizzes, and thoughtful essays that appeal to the mom masses (and probably some dads too). The right candidate has social media savvy and is willing to both promote their own work and spend time diving into Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Reddit on the hunt for what it is moms are going to be talking about next. Organized and able to work independently, the candidate should be comfortable working in a CMS, have an eye for visually appealing content, and keep up with a fast-paced (but fun!) work environment. Sense of humor a must!” This appears to be a position in New York.
  • “The Omaha World-Herald is looking for a performing arts reporter. This reporter will write reviews and enterprise stories on Omaha’s performing arts groups, particularly plays – everything from small theaters that showcase local playwrights and a children’s theater to touring Broadway shows and the 90-year-old Omaha Community Playhouse. He or she also will preview and sometimes review major performances by the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and Ballet Nebraska. This often involves quick writing for the web and meeting tight print deadlines. This reporter would be expected to mine all of these cultural organizations for stories that appeal to a general audience about the people on stage or behind the scenes, as well as trend and financial stories, and to be the leader on breaking news related to arts organizations. You’d need to build a social media following as the metro area’s performing arts authority and appear on the newspaper’s internet radio program.”
  • St. Mary’s College of California has posted advertisements for a Writer in Residence: Craft Seminar in Creative Nonfiction and for a Writer in Residence: Workshop in Fiction.
  • From Columbia University (New York): “The School of Continuing Education (SCE), in collaboration with the Center for the Student of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), seeks to fill the position of Lecturer in Discipline to serve in SCE’s MS Program in Narrative Medicine, CSER’s undergraduate and MA programs and ICLS’s Program in ‘Medicine, Literature, and Society’ beginning in the Fall 2015 semester. The initial term of appointment is one year with the possibility of renewal for two more years contingent on satisfactory performance.”