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).

  • For practicing writers in Pennsylvania–you’ve still got a few days to send a story to the 2016 Central PA Magazine Writing Contest: “Central PA magazine will be accepting original, unpublished work not exceeding 1,500 words. Entries can be fiction, humorous or serious, or short stories (original, unpublished, work of fiction only; no poetry or nonfiction.) A distinguished panel of professional area communicators will conduct final judging. Winners will be announced at an event at York College on April 28, 2016.” Prizes include $500 (first prize) and $200 (runner-up). There is no entry fee, and submissions must be postmarked by Friday, February 26.
  • From the Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing: “We are now inviting entries for the fourth annual prize of GBP7,500 to be awarded during the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival in April 2016. Food and Drink has to be at the heart of the tale. The story could, for instance, be fiction or fact about a chance meeting over a drink, a life-changing conversation over dinner, or a relationship explored through food and drink. It could be crime or intrigue; in fact any subject as long as it involves food and/or drink in some way. Applicants are invited from anywhere in the world. They can be published or unpublished authors, but the entry itself must be previously unpublished. The story should be up to 2,500 words and must be written in English.” Deadline: March 6, 2016 (received, by midnight GMT). No entry fee. (Thanks to for leading me to the updated info for this one.)
  • On a thematically related note: “The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, a nationally recognized writers’ retreat center in Northern California, is offering two Joe Plumeri Fellowships in 2016 in memory of Joe’s son Christian Plumeri, awarded to writers pursuing a book project at the intersection of food and health, either a work of fiction or creative nonfiction. The intersection of food and health has become a trendy topic, but so much new information and perspective come forth every week, there is a strong need for writers who can offer an informed perspective, based both on their own experiences and on knowledge of nutrition, science, health and fitness. The work of fellows will help spread awareness in this critical area. The fellowships – for June and September – each carry a stipend of $5,000 and a travel allowance of $500.” There is no application fee indicated; application deadline is April 15, 2016. (The current call is for the June fellowship.)
  • “Do you have a compelling true story to write about harmonies between science and religion? Would you like to be part of a community of talented writers also motivated by this subject? Want to meet and dialogue with publishers and editors who are interested in your work? We will award twelve $10,000 two-year Think Write Publish Science & Religion Fellowships. Fellows will participate in three intensive workshops focusing on developing, writing, marketing, and publishing their creative nonfiction stories about harmonies between science and religion. Fellows’ work will be mentored throughout by experienced writers, editors and teachers and will be featured in a series of regional and national events.” Deadline: May 15, 2016. No application fee.
  • “Wax Poetry and Art presents Socially Engaged & Satirical Poetry Contest #1.” Open to everyone (residents and non-residents of Canada), with a first-place prize of $50 CAD. Deadline: October 30, 2016. No entry fee. No simultaneous submissions. (via @Duotrope)
  • Reminder from a familiar name: “We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics [here], please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.” Pays: “If we publish your story or poem, you will be paid $200 ($100 for devotionals) one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in.”
  • NB: I’m busy this week readying the March newsletter, which will include still more listings of no-fee contests/competitions and calls from paying publishers. If you’re not yet a subscriber, please join us!
  • From the Twin Cities: “TC Jewfolk is seeking a highly motivated self-starter with experience in and passion for blogging, managing writers, and community journalism to be the Editor for TC Jewfolk. This role is a paid, part-time position (approximately 20-25 hours/week), with great flexibility.”
  • A job at Rutgers University-Camden (New Jersey): “Reporting to the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the Program Coordinator manages social media for the Writers House/MFA Program in Creating Writing; coordinates interdisciplinary programming for the Writers House, including the Writers in Camden series and the Cooper Street Writing Workshops; coordinates publicity and outreach/recruitment for the Writers House/MFA Program in Creative Writing, including management of websites; organizes Writers House events involving guest speakers, etc.; provides administrative support for the literary magazine StoryQuarterly; assists in writing grants in support of Writers House initiatives. Oversee and coordinate the reception area for the Writers House.” (via Stanza)
  • “Bennington College [Vermont] seeks a prose writer with a strong record of publication, including at least one book of fiction published or under contract with a nationally recognized press, to join the Literature faculty, starting Fall 2016. Bennington is committed to a teacher-practitioner model, where individual members of the faculty shape the future curriculum based on their particular interests and abilities. Candidates should expect to teach the equivalent of five literature courses a year, including courses pertaining to the reading and writing of fiction, to highly motivated undergraduates. We are particularly interested in candidates whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity goals of the institution, and whose teaching interests include African-American, African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian-American, Asian, and/or Native American literature.”
  • “The Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston is seeking a renowned Creative Writer/Literary Author (Fiction/Non-fiction) for developing and directing a track on Creative Writing in Spanish in the PhD program in Hispanic Studies.