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 OneBook Project at Massachusetts Bay Community College: “The OneBook Project is a college-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, staff and members of the outside community to read a common text and engage in discussions around that text. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary learning community that explores issues relevant to the text and our community. This year, MassBay will be awarding a prize to a regional author whose work connects to the mission of the OneBook Project.” Prize: “The author whose book is chosen for the 2016 OneBook prize will receive $2,000 and adoption of the book as the Massachusetts Bay OneBook (the common freshman English book at the College).” NB:The winning author must be able to travel to Wellesley, MA for two public events in October 2016, one at MassBay Community College and one in the town of Wellesley. The events consist of a college talk and master class on Massachusetts Bay’s Wellesley campus, as well as a public talk at the Wellesley Free Library, within one day.” See detailed guidelines and eligibility criteria on the site. Deadline: April 1, 2016. No application fee.
  • “Our crush on poetry continues unabated here at Common Good Books, and to prove it the proprietor is putting his money where his mouth is. Garrison Keillor is offering five thousand dollars in prize money to the seven winners of ‘Poems of Gratitude: The Fourth Annual Common Good Books Poetry Contest.’ Three poets will receive grand prizes of $1000 each, and four poets will receive $500 for poems of particular merit. This year, we are switching from the epistolary theme. Entries to ‘Poems of Gratitude’ may be any form, but they should give thanks for something good.” Deadline: April 15, 2016. No entry fee.
  • The Scythe Prize is an annual publication comprised of pieces of short fiction and creative nonfiction written by budding collegiate voices. Submissions are collected in the spring, editors select a number of pieces, and a prize jury selects the winning short story and essay. Pieces selected by editors appear in the printed anthology which is available in November. The winning story author receives a $250 prize, as does the winning author of the creative nonfiction category.” Deadline: April 30, 2016. No entry fee.
  • Job in Chicago: “Booklist Publications is seeking an adult books editor for writing quota-driven reviews and feature articles about adult books. Reporting to the Adult Books Editor, you will assign books for review to freelancers and edit reviews and features in the Adult Books section of the print magazine; plan and participate in webinars, live programs, and additional Booklist Publications activities.”
  • Also in the Windy City: The University of Chicago is looking for a Copy Editor.
  • “The MFA program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College [New York] invites applications for a full-time Program Director. We seek a creative, experienced, and collaborative individual to join us in an effort to build and grow an already successful program with a storied history and tradition. This is a 12-month administrative position, with responsibilities that include: curriculum development; recruiting, marketing and advertising; developing and articulating an academic vision for the program in concert with the mission of the College; administrative and operational functions of the program as a whole; scheduling of classes; hiring faculty; organizing events; participating in alumni activities and events; participating in fundraising activities. While the position is not a faculty position, the successful candidate will be expected to teach one graduate course per year, preferably, in creative non-fiction. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the director will be an ex-officio member of the English department and will work collaboratively with a program advisory board.”