Monday Markets for Writers

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).

  • The Canadian Jewish News Prize for Young Writers (ages 18-29) is open for submissions until October 22. They’re seeking essays written in English “on a Jewish theme of your choice.” First-prize winner will receive $1,800. Ten runners-up will each win $180. All winning work will be published by The CJN. No fee to enter. (Entrants must be Canadian citizens and residents of Canada “outside the province of Quebec.”)
  • Robert Lee Brewer is currently open to pitches from writers who’d like to contribute to Writer’s Market 2017: “Anyone familiar with the book will know that I’m looking for articles that will help freelancers find more success from a business perspective. Previous articles have tackled queries, book proposals, taxes, record keeping, business management, and more. If you’re an experienced source and can interview other sources, that is ideal. However, I’m unlikely to assign featured interviews with writers (as I tend to tackle those myself).” Deadline: October 31, 2015. Pays: “We do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, I don’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned. Freelancers for the book do receive a contributor copy, and we pay reprint fees for articles that are included in other editions of the book. Plus, we buy first rights–so it’s a writer-friendly deal.”
  • Recommended Reading, a magazine by Electric Literature, publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. Though Recommended Reading features original fiction as well as reprints, we will only consider previously unpublished stories during our open submission period. Before submitting, please take some time to read Recommended Reading, especially those recommended by Electric Literature, in which we showcase original fiction. Recommended Reading publishes fiction ranging in length from 2,000 to 8,000 words, and pays each contributor $300.” Deadline: November 6, 2015.
  • “The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for The Margins Fellowship, a special opportunity for emerging NYC-based Asian American creative writers to carve our a publishing home in The Margins, the AAWW’s online magazine of arts and ideas, and develop as a writer. Three writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction based in New York City aged 30 and under will receive $5,000, residency time at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, access to the AAWW writing space, exclusive career lunches and workshops, and publication opportunities in our online magazine, The Margins.” No application fee. Deadline: November 9, 2015. (via @diversebooks)
  • Also: “The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for Open City Project Grants, a unique opportunity for emerging Asian American writers to publish narrative nonfiction over the span of six months on the vibrant immigrant communities of New York City. In 2016, Open City will offer a $2,500 grant, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to six writers to write on the vibrant Asian immigrant communities of New York City. Three grantees will be selected for the first six-month period, from January to June 2016. We will be accepting applications for the July-December grant period in April 2016. We are especially looking for neighborhood-based projects in spaces such as Sunset Park in Brooklyn, Manhattan’s Chinatown, Flushing, Jackson Heights, and Richmond Hill in Queens, and other growing Asian immigrant communities across NYC.” No application fee. Deadline: November 9, 2015. (also via @diversebooks)
  • Work Stew’s seventh writing contest…isn’t going to involve the usual 600-word entry. Instead, we’re going to attempt to harness the collective intelligence of the Stew to create a list: Ten Pearls of Hard-Earned, Work-Related Wisdom.” Prizes: “The usual $200 prize will be distributed among the writers of the top three pearls. $100 for Pearl #1. $60 for Pearl #2. $40 for Pearl #3.” No entry fee. Deadline: November 15, 2015.
  • The Overlook Press (New York) is looking for a Publicity Assistant.
  • Orion magazine, a nonprofit bimonthly about nature and culture, seeks a Managing Editor to join our creative and hard-working team.” This job is based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
  • The Nieman Foundation for Journalism (Cambridge, Massachusetts), has an opening for a Staff Writer.
  • “The George Mason University Department of English [Virginia] invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Creative Writing and Fiction starting Fall 2016.”
  • “The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for a tenure-track advanced Assistant or Associate Professor of Literary Studies: Creative Writing. Specialization in the following areas is desired: prose fiction, poetry. MFA or PhD in appropriate field required, PhD is highly desirable; significant publications (at least one published book with reputable press) required; university teaching experience on both graduate and undergraduate level is highly desirable. A secondary field in Contemporary Literature and Contemporary Literary Theory is also highly desirable.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Idaho seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor of Poetry for the BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing programs.”
  • “University of Central Florida Department of English is seeking a nine-month, non-tenure earning instructor or lecturer to teach creative writing, with emphases in fiction and poetry, as well as other required and elective courses. This position is renewable, carries a 4/4 teaching load, and is anticipated to begin August 2016.”
  • “New College of Florida announces an opening for a Writer in Residence, spring semester 2016 (February-May). The designated Honors College of the State University System, New College of Florida is a small, highly selective, residential liberal arts institution. We are especially interested this year in fiction and in creative nonfiction, though all applicants will be considered.”