Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers: No Fees to Apply. All 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).

  • From the folks at “We are currently seeking submissions of essays on the topic ‘How I Got Published.’ We want personal, practical stories about about how a writer got published — and paid — for their writing. The length should be between 400 and 650 words. For these submissions, we pay 10 cents a word up to a maximum of $65. The essay should include a description of who you are as a writer, how you found the publishing opportunity, and the process that took you to eventual publication and payment for your writing. Please stay as specific and concrete as possible. Do not offer advice. Instead, let people learn by extrapolating their own lessons from your story. The stories will be compiled in a short eBook, with the working title ‘How I Got Published & Paid: Stories From Writers.’ We plan to accept a minimum of 10 submissions for publication.” No deadline indicated. NB: “Payment will be via Paypal.”
  • Coming soon: the October issue of The Practicing Writer, our free monthly e-newsletter. Packed with still more no-fee, paying opportunities for writers. It’s never too late to subscribe.
  • Speaking of our newsletter, here’s an update on an opportunity posted there recently: The Hudson Review has extended its Short Fiction Contest deadline to November 30, 2015. This competition awards cash prizes of $500 to the first-place winner and $250 to the second- and third-place winners. “All entries will be considered for publication and payment at our regular rates.” Good news for those with long stories–submissions up to 10,000 words in length are eligible. (Update news via CRWROPPS-B)
  • “Colgate University (New York) invites applications for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of fiction and poetry who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2016 to early May 2017) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellows will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $38,500 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided.”
  • The Brooklyn Public Library is advertising for a Senior Copywriter.
  • From the New York Public Library: “The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture seeks to hire two part-time Curriculum Writer[s] for a two-year grant-funded position…..Over two years, the Curriculum Writer will work with the SchomburgCenter’s Education Department and lead consultants to develop a Hip-Hop History Curriculum aimed at increasing historical literacy among high school-aged youth.” (See also a call for a Lead Writer for the same project.)
  • Oceana (Washington) is looking for an Editor/Staff Writer and an Assistant Online Editor.
  • Mrs. Dalloway’s (Berkeley, California) seeks a Bookseller.
  • “The University of Mary Washington (Virginia) is hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English, specializing in poetry writing, with preferred secondary specialization in fiction writing.”
  • “The Department of English at James Madison University (Virginia) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Creative Writing/Poetry as part of our thriving interdisciplinary undergraduate creative writing program. We welcome applicants with a strong commitment to teaching, experience teaching non-Western literature/poetry and a diverse approach to poetic craft.”
  • For a tenure-track assistant professorship, Rice University (Texas) is “seeking candidates with expertise in creative non-fiction to enhance departmental strengths and interests in ethnic studies, writing in languages other than English, social justice, environmental studies, medical humanities, science writing, writing and the arts.”
  • “The English/Communications Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) welcomes applications for a tenure-track appointment in Creative Nonfiction and Literary Studies beginning in the fall semester of 2016.”
  • “The Department of English at Auburn University (Alabama) invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in creative writing, with a specialization in Fiction, to begin Fall 2016.”
  • “The MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position in fiction at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin Fall 2016.”
  • And another reminder for those seeking college/university positions teaching creative writing: The MLA Job Information List is back for the new academic year. You can create a free account and search for jobs (listings are updated every Friday) on your own. You’ll find many more positions listed there than I’ve included in this post.
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers: No Fees to Apply. All Paying Gigs.

    1. hunter says:

      Thank you for all the work–love that you included booksellers! Reminds us that it’s also part of the cycle of writing.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thanks, Hunter. I guess this article, which I read some months back, stayed with me!

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