Monday Markets and Jobs 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).

  • Penny, “a weekly illustrated literary zine,” is looking for “500-word flash fiction, creative nonfiction or prose poetry.” Pays: “$50 for each piece of writing and each illustration it publishes, and pays $100 for each graphic narrative. For that, we obtain non-exclusive rights to post online, distribute in print, and use in podcasting. Reprints are perfectly fine to submit, so long as you still hold the rights to the work.” (via @Duotrope)
  • The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize is open for submissions from January 1-31, 2016. As the prize is now awarded to a manuscript in progress, submissions for the prize will be held every other year to allow for the longer lead time needed to develop and publish the winning manuscripts. Brigid Hughes, founding editor of A Public Space, will judge the 2016 prize. A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. The prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize seeks to acknowledge—and honor—the great traditions of literary nonfiction. Whether grounded in observation, autobiography, or research, much of the most beautiful, daring, and original writing over the past few decades can be categorized as nonfiction. Submissions to the prize might span memoir, biography, or history.” No entry fee. (Thanks to for the reminder to check in with this one!)
  • The latest Work Stew contest has been announced. The prompt this time is “Memorable Bosses”: “Tell us about the manager who has affected you the most—for better or for worse No real names, please. Just vivid, juicy tales from your work life, past or present.” Prize: “$200 for the winner….The winning entry, and perhaps some other entries, will be published…on Work Stew.” Deadline: February 15, 2016.
  • A summer 2016 residency opportunity for “all women who are feminist social change artists with a visual, media or performance focus who are residents of Kentucky,” via Hopscotch House. “Three women will be awarded a weeklong stay at Hopscotch House, a $1,500 artist fee and a KFW sponsored show featuring their artwork.” Application deadline: March 4, 2016. No application fee. (See also a special grant opportunity with the same deadline.)
  • Asylum Arts (Brooklyn) is looking for a part-time (20 hrs/week) Program Manager.
  • Position at the Harvard Kennedy School [Massachusetts]: “The Research Reporter/Editor writes daily summaries of public policy research and participates in the editorial, strategic work of Journalist’s Resource, a dynamic website run by the Shorenstein Center.”
  • Job in Portland, Oregon, for an Associate Editor: “Fresh Cup Magazine is the coffee and tea industries’ premier monthly trade publication. At Fresh Cup, we’ve spent more than two decades covering the stories of specialty coffee and tea, showcasing tea-growing regions and cutting-edge coffee towns, giving voice to stalwart veterans and visionary newcomers, digging into issues important to owners and those vital to employees. Our stories have educated our international readership on best business practices and on the amazing things going on in the far-flung corners of the industries. More than anything, Fresh Cup has shown how complex, exciting, sophisticated, and plain cool tea and coffee are.”
  • Mighty Writers, “a nonprofit that teaches Philadelphia kids, seven to 17, to think and write with clarity,” seeks a Bilingual Writing Instructor (Spanish/English).
  • “The Department of English at Merrimack College [Massachusetts] seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: Fiction to commence in the fall of 2016.”
  • From Drew University in New Jersey: “The Department of English seeks applications for a one-year, full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing – Fiction. Applicants must have an M.F.A. or Ph.D.; at least one story collection or novel from a nationally-recognized press; and evidence of teaching excellence in both creative writing and literature. Five course per year load to include creative writing workshops and literature courses, preferably in 20 th/21 st-century American Literature, as well as co-directing the Creative Writing Minor and the Writers@Drew reading series.”
  • “Kenyon College, a highly selective liberal arts college in Gambier Ohio, invites applications for one or two one-year visiting positions in the Department of English at the rank of instructor or assistant professor. Areas of specialization for the positions are creative writing (fiction) and/or any area of American or ethnic-American literature.”
  • “Scripps College [California], a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a distinguished visiting writer for the Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Writing during the spring semester of 2017. The successful candidate will serve as the Mary Routt Chair of Writing throughout the spring semester (mid-January to mid-May). The Chair will teach one writing workshop course of her or his own design and will give two public readings or talks. We are looking for candidates with a significant record of publication in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry; we prefer candidates who can show evidence of outstanding teaching ability. Salary is $60,000.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Clive Collins says:

      Hello Erika,

      I submitted to “Penny” (I’m sure I read about it here, for which, as usual, many, many thanks) and my piece will appear in the second issue out on Wednesday.

      The process from start to finish has been very professional. My piece was accepted but held on the magazine’s ‘engine’ until it attracted an illustrator (the illustration I wrote it for already having found a piece of writing). I was paid $50.00c into the PayPal account I nominated within a couple of days of hearing the story had been accepted. I received an e-mail telling me when the transfer was made. Today I received another e-mail saying the piece was about to appear. All the way through I have been treated with great kindness by Jennifer McPheeters, one of the editors. I would strongly recommend submitting to the magazine. Oh, my piece is called “Bedlam”.


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Clive, this is marvelous news! Thank you so much for sharing. I will do my best to remember to check the site to read the piece–but feel free to remind me. Congratulations!

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