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).

  • From The Offing: “Note that for the month of March, to celebrate our one-year anniversary, there will be no fee for submissions. Thank you so very, very much for your support, and for a fantastic first year. Also note: the Poetry and Micro departments are currently closed due to the volume of submissions received, and will re-open in April. Consider submitting poems about place to You Are Here and epistolary poems to Dead Letter Office.” Pays: “Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $20–$50 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published ($20 for a Micro; $25+ for a poem; $50 for all other departments). Work accepted for publication in The Offing will also be considered for publication in LARB‘s print publications: the monthly tabloid magazine and the quarterly journal.”
  • Chicagolanders: “The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards is a competition open to all adult and high school age Chicago area poets. There is also an elementary and middle school category open to Evanston elementary and middle school students. The awards are funded by an endowment to the library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield, who found pleasure and delight in poetry.” Cash prizes. No entry fee. Deadline coming up very soon: March 9.
  • Here’s a new one: “The Connemara Mussel Festival is delighted to announce the launch of a poetry competition for 2016. The competition was the brainchild of John Coyle of Renvyle House who suggested at the festival launch in March of this year that there weren’t many poems about the humble mussel and to rectify that situation he would be delighted to sponsor a competition….” Awards: “The two best poems in the opinion of the judge will be awarded €250 and €100 respectively.” There is no entry fee. Deadline: March 13, 2016. (via Cathy’s Comps & Calls)
  • |tap|magazine, a new publication, “especially aims to publish poetry and prose on trauma, mental health, mourning, social justice, and by marginalized voices. We are looking for work that is vulnerable, work that is evocative, and work with risk and emotion.” Submission period ends April 15. Pays: “Upon publication, contributors will receive $25 via electronic banking means (paypal or venmo).” (via @Duotrope)
  • Scary Mommy is open for submissions. “Note: We are always in search of highly relatable and general humor material. Lists and short essays (under 900 words) seem to work best, while personal anecdotes or specific personal stories do not.” Pays: “Scary Mommy will pay $100 per original piece of content (sorry, we can’t pay for a piece if it has appeared anywhere online.)” (Thanks to @Duotrope for the tip that on submissions having reopened.)
  • Via Writer Abroad: “5 Personal Essay Markets for 2016” (all are paying venues).
  • A variety of jobs are available at New York magazine.
  • Kirkus Reviews is hiring an Editorial Assistant. This position is located in New York.
  • “The San Antonio Express-News is looking for a Food and Drink Writer to contribute to its nationally acclaimed and award-winning Taste section. The San Antonio food scene is on fire, with new restaurants and craft cocktail bars opening all the time. With the national attention our dining and drinking scene has received, we need a writer who is passionate and knowledgeable about food and drink to keep up.”
  • “, the leading website for weather news and information, is looking for an editor whose primary responsibility will be our daily e-mail newsletters. In addition to a strong editing and writing background, the ideal candidate will have superb social media skills, excellent online storytelling techniques and a deep understanding of how to make content engaging to audiences through compelling combinations of words and visuals. The successful candidate will use data and analytics to prioritize content. The position will be based in Atlanta.”
  • “Vermont College of Fine Arts welcomes applicants for the Director of the MFA in Writing Program. The Program Director is a managerial position reporting to the Academic Dean.” (via @ParisImperfect)
  • “The University of North Carolina Asheville Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences (MLAS) Program invites applications for a lecturer position to begin Fall 2016. The MLAS Program is UNC Asheville’s interdisciplinary liberal arts masters program. We seek a creative writer (non-fiction, fiction, or poetry) with interdisciplinary teaching experience and a specialization in one or more of the following areas: environmental literature/journalism, women’s/feminist studies, international studies, sustainability/resiliency theory, arts & ideas, or the history and philosophy of science, all of which are important to current developments in UNC Asheville’s MLAS curricula. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in interdisciplinary teaching at the graduate level. All MLAS core faculty members are expected to maintain continuing study, contribute to student growth and development, and be involved in university and community service. This is a one-year position, renewable based on satisfactory performance.”
  • Georgia College and State University is advertising for a Temporary Lecturer in Creative Writing/Poetry.
  • “Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges in California, invites applications for the position of Visiting Writer during the spring semester of 2017. The Visiting Writer will teach two workshops (one introductory, one advanced) in fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, or performance writing. The successful candidate will have an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing, English, or related discipline, a significant record of publications, and a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts teaching.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets for Writers

    1. Good morning, Erika,

      The Passed Note, a YA lit mag for young adult readers and adult writers, is now open for free submissions until the first of April. Could you please pass this on to all your readers? The submission page is

      Thank you!

      Stephanie R. Johnson,
      The Passed Note

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Comment approved, Stephanie. (Readers, payment is $10.)

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