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).

  • From @SariBotton: “At @Longreads I’m editing personal essays 2500 words+. Send essays not pitches to ‘Essay’ in subject, synopsis in email.” Via email, I’ve learned that pay rates are “competitive” and vary depending on whether the piece involves research/reporting.
  • “The Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is an annual grant of $1,500 for an emerging writer of color. An unpublished writer is preferred, although publication of one work of short fiction or academic work will not disqualify an applicant. This grant is intended to support the recipient in activities related to crime fiction writing and career development. She or he may choose from activities that include workshops, seminars, conferences, and retreats; online courses; and research activities required for completion of the work.” There is no application fee. Deadline: July 1, 2016. (via
  • Feminine Inquiry is “interested in publishing works from insightful and talented artists from across the globe. We’re interested in literature that excites and thrills, that’s heartbreaking, joyous, somber, political, humorous, and full of raw and passionate intensity. We welcome submissions from people in all walks of life and will never turn down a submission based on the person. Although we started Feminine Inquiry with the mindset of featuring creative works by self-identifying female artists, as well as featuring works which highlight feminist issues, we also accept work which falls outside of that realm. We are currently looking for works of prose, poetry, writing, and art. We love short stories, poem collections, personal narratives, academic essays, paintings, drawings, lithographies, comics, flash fiction, political essays, sonnets, plays, and anything else you can think of submitting to us.” Upcoming deadlines: July 5 for digital issue; July 20 for print issue. This new publication pays and does not charge submission fees, but payment info is evidently still being determined. When I asked within a Facebook group, I heard back that “it will likely be somewhere between $10-30 per piece, which…isn’t much but we do our best.”
  • This week will bring the July issue of The Practicing Writer newsletter, which will, as ever, contain ample helpings of contests and calls similar to those you find here each week. Don’t miss out!
  • “The Writer’s Center [Bethesda, Md.] seeks an experienced, energetic, intellectually curious editor to join our staff in a full-time position on the journal Poet Lore.”
  • Position for a Features Editor: “Responsible for aggregating and scheduling content for features on The Woven Tale Press ( site, from videos and interviews to behind-the-scenes peeks into how artists and writers work; follow Press guidelines for formatting and posting features on the site, including SEO configurations and image management on WordPress platform. 6-10 hours a week. hourly pay rate based on experience. For more information contact, Sandra Tyler, at editor(at)thewoventalepress(dot)net.”
  • “Attention all fiction writers and playwrights: Do you love kids? Are you excited by the idea of helping children learn to write short stories with beginnings, middles, and (drum roll) endings? Writopia Lab, an award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that runs the country’s best creative writing workshops for kids, ages 6-18, is looking for instructors for our Chicago region.”
  • “The University of Minnesota’s Creative Writing Program in the Department of English maintains a pool of teaching specialists and lecturers to teach lower and upper division courses in creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants, for openings that may occur in Fall 2016 (August 29, 2016 – January 11, 2017); or Spring 2017 (January 12, 2017 – May 28, 2017). Teaching may be for day or evening courses. Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. This does not constitute a posting for vacancies, but establishes a pool of applicants should openings occur during the 2016/17 academic year. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis through the academic year.