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).

  • Sunstruck is running an “Out With a Bang!” nonfiction writing contest. They’re accepting “articles, essays, interviews, criticisms and other non-fiction writings on the theme ‘Home'” for their final issue. Prizes: $200/$100/$50, plus publication. No entry fee. Deadline: April 23, 2016.
  • “The Quilliad Press publishes the writing and art of emerging and established Canadian authors, photographers, and other visual artists. We care more about the quality of your work than your past publications. The Quilliad, our literary and arts journal, is currently open for submissions until April 30.” They publish “poetry, flash fiction (500 words or less), and short stories (generally 1000-2000 words). Style-wise, we like pieces ranging from haiku to freeverse to sonnets to experimental work.” Pays: “For issue 7, we are paying a $12 honorarium to each contributor as well as a contributor copy and free admission to the launch party for the issue you are involved in. We hope to raise this amount with each issue (and so far we have!).” (via
  • “We Need Diverse Books, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, is pleased to announce a Master Class on writing and publishing for children and young adults. Applicants are now welcome to apply for this class, which will cover a range of introductory topics from writing children’s books to the role of literary agents and to pursuing a career in publishing. Applications close on May 13, 2016.” Faculty include: Kwame Alexander (winner of the Newbery Medal), Jacqueline Woodson (winner of the National Book Award); Jason Low (Publisher at Lee & Low Books), Jennifer Brown (Publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House imprint); and Cassandra Pelham (Senior Editor at Graphix, a Scholastic imprint). No application fee. NB: For applicants living outside the metropolitan DC area, “We Need Diverse Books is offering a limited number of travel scholarships (up to $500 each) for out-of-town workshop participants.”
  • Lucky issue thirteen of Workers Write! will be Tales from the Casino and will contain stories and poems from workers in the gambling industry. We’re looking for fiction about dealers, wait and hospitality staff, security – anyone who works in or around a casino. Drop us a line if you have a question.” Deadline: December 31, 2016 (or until the issue is full). Pays: “Between $5 and $50 (depending on length and rights requested). We will consider previously published material.”
  • “Literary Arts seeks a passionate, efficient, and extremely organized individual to assist the Director of Public Programs in the execution of Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival (Saturday, November 5, 2016). The main responsibilities of this position include managing exhibitors, communicating with authors and presenters, managing the festival’s page on our website, and curating and implementing the festival’s ‘pop-up programs’ at the Portland Art Museum. This is a seasonal part-time position (likely 3–4 days a week summer, 5 days a week fall).”
  • “Time Out New York is looking for a vibrant and energetic Assistant Editor to contribute to our Eating and Drinking sections. The ideal candidate is well versed in New York’s food and drink scenes, is passionate about breaking food and drinking news and has a knack for finding the next great restaurant or bar that readers should know about. The Assistant Editor will be expected to create daily blog posts and weekly online features, and write restaurant and bar listings and occasional bar reviews. The position also requires regular pitching of story ideas, contributing occasionally to Time Out’s National site and other properties, and representing Time Out New York at industry events in addition to assisting to produce both sections in the weekly magazine. This position reports directly and works closely with the Eating & Drinking Editor.”