Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers
Monday 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).
Before we begin: a quick note to say that I’ll be taking a brief blog hiatus for the rest of 2015. I will look forward to resuming posts here on Monday, January 4, 2016. Of course, by then, I will have sent out the first 2016 issue of The Practicing Writer–so if you’re already subscribed, you’ll hear from me before the 4th. Thanks for your patience and understanding; for those who will be celebrating, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and may we all enjoy the season and New Year!
A new section at Vela magazine, “Milestones,” is “a space for women who are interested in both the inhibitions and potential of motherhood, its quotidian and epic elements, the way it restricts and frustrates, and also the way it liberates and enlightens. It examines motherhood as the human experience writ small in the belly, and huge in the scope of families, societies, and generations. Curated by Sarah Menkedick, Milestones will publish essays between 1000 and 3000 words, as well as occasional interviews and reviews.” (Vela is a paying venue.)
For a second volume of Stories of Music, submissions are sought that are “focused on music and the impact it has on people’s lives. Whether it expresses a story of healing, community, cultural or family traditions, musicianship, travel experiences, an historical account, or any other experience with music, we invite you to tell your story. This opportunity is open to anyone, from anywhere in the world….We are specifically seeking creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoir excerpts, and literary journalism), poetry, photography and art, videos, and audio recordings, but we are also open to additional genres and styles. As long as music is the centerpiece and the story is true, it will be considered.” Pays: “Each author or artist who is selected and accepts our offer to be published in Stories of Music will receive $200 (US dollars), a copy of the print edition, the ebook, and (hopefully) a good feeling that your work will help us donate money to global and national music organizations, Hungry for Music and Music & Memory.” Deadline: March 1, 2016.
Update from Eastern Iowa Review: “As of 10/14/15, accepted contributors will receive a complimentary copy and token payment ($15 for lyric or experimental essays up to 2000 words, and $25 for those up to 5000 words). We hope this will bring in even more fine selections to choose from, but more importantly express our appreciation for a job well done. No reading fee. Open year around.” NB: “One lyric and/or experimental essay will also be chosen in May from the previous months’ accepted selections for the Eastern Iowa Review Lyric/Experimental Essay Prize: $150 each for the best lyric and/or experimental essay(s) (prize overrides contributor’s payment).”
Undark, “a new kind of science magazine,” will launch in April 2016 and “will be publishing twelve pieces of long-form, narrative-driven journalism each year, accompanied by a regular and ongoing mix of shorter features, profiles, essays, op-eds, book excerpts, Q&A’s, reviews, blog posts, photography, digital video, information graphics and data visualizations.” Pays: “Our pay rates vary by project, but we strive to be both fair and competitive.” (via WritingCareer.com)
“Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Glen Workshop is equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat. The Glen’s arresting natural environment is contrasted by its casual and inviting crowd of artists, writers, musicians, art appreciators, and spiritual wayfarers of all stripes.” Full and partial scholarships are available; “scholarships are dispensed on a rolling basis, so don’t wait until spring to apply.” There is no fee to apply for a scholarship, but if you want to guarantee your spot regardless of your application outcome, you will need to register and pay the deposit.
“Do you have an endless curiosity and a gift for telling stories? Narrative Content Group is seeking an experienced, organized and creative Writer/Editor to join the team of Mother Nature Network. Your primary duties will be creating original stories within a variety of lifestyle topics including nature, animals, pets, travel, food, culture, health and technology. You will work closely with MNN editors and the social team to ensure that your content succeeds.” Job location: Atlanta.
“The Sun, a nonprofit, ad-free magazine in its forty-first year of publication, is looking for an Associate Editor. Duties include editing — substantial, hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves editing — as well as soliciting writing, evaluating submissions, and working closely with authors to develop and revise their work. This full-time position is based in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina, office.”
“Sweet Briar College [Virginia] invites applications from fiction writers for a two-year position, with potential for renewal, as an Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program. Teaching load is normally 3:3, but the incumbent receives a one course per year reduction for administrative work. Courses will include an introductory creative writing workshop, topical intermediate and advanced workshops in fiction, an introductory composition course, and supervision of senior portfolio projects. The successful candidate will be an engaged artist-teacher who will be central in shaping the creative writing program for the future, will take part in the life and work of an English Department that offers majors and minors in both English and English/Creative Writing, and will work in collaborative ventures with colleagues across different disciplines.”
“The Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College [Ohio] invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall 2016 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor….The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of poetry, including translation, with expertise in a subgenre desired. Typical subgenres have included: formal poetry, performance poetry, hybrid genre writing or experimental/innovative poetry. Courses will include introductory courses in writing poetry, elective courses and advanced workshops in both poetry and translation.”
Also from Oberlin College: “The Creative Writing Program…invites applications for a full-time non-continuing faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, beginning fall 2016 and will carry the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor….The incumbent will teach a total of five courses in the general area of fiction, with expertise in a subgenre strongly desired. Typical subgenres have included: creative nonfiction, lyric prose, new media, graphic narrative, speculative/genre fiction. Courses will include introductory courses in writing fiction, elective courses and advanced workshops.”