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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).

  • Nice news from Washington Independent Review of Books: “The Independent is now officially a paying market. It’s something we’ve wanted to do since day one, and it’s finally happening. The Independent is thrilled to announce that we’re now able to pay our contributors! (It’s only $25 a pop, so don’t quit your day job. But still…)” (via @NyashaJunior)
  • Good news, too, from Rattle: “Starting in 2016 (issue #51) we’ll be doubling our payments to $100 per poem.” Payments will also increase (to $50) for the special “Poets Respond” and “EkphrasticChallenge” features.
  • “The Apiary invites you to submit your work to Tudor Close, a collection of short mysteries. Please read guidelines carefully, because the instructions are very particular! Our short story collections are unified around a single element – for example, the stories in our adventure collection, The Egret’s Crossing, all mentioned a bar in Tangier. In this collection, all stories will mention a mansion called Tudor Close.” Deadline to submit a writing sample: August 1. NB: When I inquired about payment (because the guidelines weren’t clear enough to me), I received this response: “Payment guaranteed at $40, and it goes up with profits (last issue was $70/writer for 9 writers)”.
  • “From the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP): “We welcome well-researched articles that will help our members succeed in the academic and non-academic job sectors. Our online career articles typically range from 2,000-2,500 words and must include 2-3 quotes from interviewed sources. We pay $18 per 100 words.”
  • Oral Histories Fellowship from BOMB magazine (Brooklyn): “One-year fellowship, paid and full-time, to work on every aspect of the production of oral histories with African-American artists at BOMB Magazine beginning August 2015. This is an open, competitive position for recent graduates in art or art history who have shown great potential as editors or writers while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degrees. The Oral Histories Fellowship will consist of the following responsibilities: acting as the contact for oral history interviewers and subjects; managing production, working with editors on multiple drafts of manuscripts; fact-checking and conducting biographical research; acquiring and cataloguing art images; writing introductions to oral histories; conducting one Oral History.” Application deadline: July 22, 2015.
  • “The English Department of St. Bonaventure University [New York] invites applications for a one-year position at the level of Visiting Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will teach courses in Creative Writing (Poetry), and additional courses in Literature, Composition, or Rhetoric depending on applicant’s qualifications and department needs. The successful candidate will contribute to the English Department’s new Professional and Creative Writing major, our traditional English major, and the University’s Core Curriculum, and will also contribute to the life and work of the department and our majors. We seek an active writer-scholar with a significant and promising publishing record and a commitment to undergraduate liberal arts learning.”
  • “Regis University [Denver, Colo.] seeks a Program Coordinator for a new MFA program that will begin serving students in January 2016. This position will encompass a wide variety of duties as the program begins.”
  • Barnes & Noble (New York) is looking for a SparkNotes editor who “will create and edit blog content for SparkNotes.com, a leading teen education and lifestyle website. The editor will work with a small team to create content about topics including books, pop culture, fashion, and comic books for the blog.”
  • Seattle-based job for a writer: “The Natural Capital Project is a partnership between Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund working to advance the science of ecosystem services and to incorporate the values of nature into decisions. The [writer] is responsible to develop compelling stories about how valuing nature-and the services it provides-can help leaders of countries, companies, and communities make smarter decisions for both people and the planet.” NB: This “is a 7-month fixed term, 75% time position. The position may grow to 100% time and a longer term as funding becomes available.”
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