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).

  • The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Each submission is read anonymously by two editors. If a story is chosen to move forward, it is read by one of two rotating Editors of the Month who each make final decisions on the stories they receive. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging.” Considers fiction and nonfiction. Pays: “We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $20 and a maximum of $50.”
  • The Debra Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize “is an award of $500 given to an article or series of articles that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education, and also workers’ organizations and unions) that include historical context are both welcome. The work should be published – in print or online – in a union or workers’ center publication or by an independent/free-lance journalist. By sponsoring this award we hope to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations.” No entry fee. Deadline: September 1, 2016.”
  • “For reasons logistical, political, and personal (magazines are people too!), The Capilano Review will be postponing its FOOD issue until Spring 2017. If you have already submitted food-related work to us, please accept our apologies for having to make you wait several more months for a response. We are an extremely small team of editors working hard to honour and respond to the needs of this moment (which certainly calls for conversations about about food justice but also, acutely, about other forms of justice). We remind you, though, that TCR does accept simultaneous submissions–so feel free to send your work elsewhere! We just ask that you notify us (or simply withdraw your work from our Submittable portal) if your submission finds another home. The concomitant good news: TCR is now accepting submissions for an open issue this fall. Deadline: September 15.” This Canadian journal, which “publishes venturesome experimental writing and art,” pays as follows: “Contributors are paid $50 per published page to a maximum of $150 after publication.”
  • The Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts Wolff Cottage Writer-in-Residence Award offers stays from one to three months (utilities included). “The writer-in-residence program is the best-known program of the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts (FWCA) and has received attention in national media. The program gives authors an opportunity to work on their writing while in residence at Wolff Cottage, which offers writers-in-residence the solitude and privacy to hone their craft.” There is no application fee. Deadline: “Applications received before September 30 of any given year will be given first consideration. Applications received after September 30 will be given consideration once earlier applicants have been scheduled if there are openings.”
  • The Blue Route, a national magazine for undergraduates, has re-opened for submissions. “We want good, highly imaginative writing about contemporary life as you see it. We’re not interested in genre writing (romance, detective, horror, sci-fi) unless it somehow rises above the conventions associated with those types of writing. If your writing is clichéd, inspired by TV, emphasizes end rhyme above all else, has flat characters, exhibits a general insensitivity to the beauties and subtleties of language, it will not find a place in this journal. No pornography. No racism. No sexism. If you’ve got to use profanity, remember a little goes a long, long way.” Must be a current undergraduate to send work. Deadline: October 1. Pays: $25. (Thanks to Duotrope for the news of the new reading period.)
  • The Forward, which “delivers incisive coverage of the issues, ideas and institutions that matter to American Jews,” is looking for a Social Media Manager to work in its New York office.
  • Also in New York: “Scholastic Inc. is seeking in-house proofreaders to work two to five days a week in our Rockefeller Center office proofreading and editing website content, trade books, and other materials aimed at children, families, and teachers.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track, Associate or Advanced Assistant Professor to begin September 2017. Successful candidate will teach modern and contemporary poetry workshops and seminars, and serve on MFA thesis committees. Successful candidate will also be expected to direct the MFA program in rotation with other faculty, teach a TA-assisted, large undergraduate Living Writers course in rotation, and fully participate in an active and collegial department of English.”