Monday Markets and Jobs 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).

  • “Amazon Publishing is pleased to announce the Little A Poetry Contest, a contest dedicated to the discovery of emerging poets. The prize will be judged by a panel of established poets of critical acclaim. The winner will receive $5,000 in prize money, an advance and a standard publishing contract with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint. Poets who have published no more than one full-length book of poetry can submit their manuscript for consideration. Submitted collections will be judged on the quality of writing, strength and originality of content and creativity of language.” Deadline: December 20, 2015. No entry fee.
  • Another poetry contest–this one for full-time undergrads in Kentucky: “Sarabande Books is proud to sponsor the Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize in memory of Flo Gault and with generous support by the Gault family. This annual prize is open to all full-time Kentucky undergraduate students. Each year we celebrate all the honorees with a Pie Party and award one winner $500 and a limited-edition print run of letterpress broadsides for his or her poem.” No entry fee. Deadline: November 15, 2015.
  • Writing Away the Stigma Fellowships (in Pittsburgh): “A free, six-part workshop and writing fellowship for people who have been affected by mental illness. Writing Away the Stigma will provide support for 12 individuals to study, free of charge, with the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine, Lee Gutkind. Selected fellows will attend five weekly workshops led by Lee, which will cover the entire writing process. All participants will conceive their stories, learn the creative nonfiction craft, and write first and follow-up drafts. In preparation for a series of public events and readings, a later session will focus on developing skills for reading/performing stories effectively for an audience.” NB: “Each fellow who successfully completes the series of workshops will receive a scholarship to the 2016 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend (May 28-29).” Application deadline: November 30, 2015. No application fee.
  • “The Academy of American Poets, the nonprofit organization that produces National Poetry Month, Poem-a-Day and American Poets magazine among other programs, seeks an Assistant Content Producer. This full-time position, which is based in New York City, reports to the Associate Director/Director of Content and is responsible for assisting in the production and maintenance of content for the Academy of American Poets, primarily on the award-winning website, as well as in American Poets magazine, and through electronic newsletters and social media platforms.”
  • “The Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA is accepting applications for an Assistant Director. The Furious Flower Poetry Center’s mission is to cultivate, honor and promote the diverse voices of African American poets by making the genre accessible to a wide audience and collaborating with educational and cultural institutions, literary organizations and artists. The Furious Flower Poetry Center is committed to being a resource to both the campus and the nation through education, research and publishing.”
  • Murray State University (Kentucky) is looking for the Watkins Endowed Professor of Creative Writing. “Qualifications: M.F.A. in Creative Writing or equivalent. Distinguished record of publication (minimum of one book published with or forthcoming from a nationally-recognized press), with primary specialization in fiction and secondary specialization in non-fiction. Evidence of excellence in teaching creative writing required.”
  • Virginia Commonwealth University seeks a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor (nonfiction) and a tenure-eligible Assistant Professor (fiction).
  • Dixie State University in Utah is advertising a tenure-track position in English/Creative Writing. “Applicants who specialize in poetry or creative non-fiction instruction preferred.”