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).

  • matchbook is open for submissions for just two more days (until September 28). “We look for works of short fiction and indeterminate prose. Like our name suggests, we are interested in literary art that manages brevity without sacrificing fullness. We like narrative, but we also like work that uses form to express something about the time in which we live. We are most interested in works fewer than 1,000 words, but we will publish works with higher word counts if they are exceptional. If we fancy your submission, you’ll be asked to submit a companion piece to be included in matchbook’s ongoing critical discussion, postings of which appear alongside prose submissions. At this time we can offer $20 per accepted submission.” (via @Dutrope)
  • From Canada-based Hamilton Review of Books: “While we publish full issues in spring and fall, we welcome submissions of reviews and essays [on literary subjects] all through the year.” Pays: $50 for a review and $75 for an essay (presumably in Canadian dollars). (via
  • “Atlantic Media offers highly ambitious recent college graduates a unique full-time opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The Atlantic Media Fellowship Program is a structured, year-long, paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to careers in media. Additionally, the Atlantic Media Fellows participate in the Atlantic Media Academy, a comprehensive curriculum providing a 360-degree view of the modern media industry covering the editorial, operational, and economic sides of both magazine and digital journalism today.” No application fee. Deadline: September 30, 2016, for fellowships beginning in January 2017. NB: “All Fellowship opportunities will be located in Washington, D.C. or New York, NY.”
  • Attention, North Carolinians: “This fall’s North Carolina State Short Story Contest (one of the largest free contests in the South) will be judged by PERCIVAL EVERETT, the award-winning author of thirty books and novels, including Assumption, Erasure, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, and Glyph. He is holder of the Distinguished Chair in Creative Writing and the University of Southern California.” There will be prizes of $500 in the short-story category and $250 in the short-short story category.” No entry fee. Deadline: October 11, 2016.
  • Resource list: “18 Websites That Pay Writers for LGBTQ Content,” compiled by Zachary Zane and published on
  • And speaking of resources: the October issue of The Practicing Writer will be out before you know it. Always happy to welcome new subscribers.
  • Part-time communications consultant position: “Author and marketer Sage Cohen is seeking creative, strategic, and administrative support. The ideal candidate is passionate about communications, enthusiastic about making a contribution, passionate about learning, and fanatical about detail. S/he will bring fresh energy and innovation a wide range of professional and literary communications efforts, while learning the ropes of marketing consulting and authoring.” NB: “Work happens mostly from your location, with occasional on-site meetings and collaboration in SE Portland, OR.” Pays: “5-10 hours/week at $15/hour.”
  • “Sponsored by the Curry School of Education, the Young Writers Workshop [at the University of Virginia] is seeking applicants for the position of Residential Teacher & Counselor to staff its summer program for aspiring teenage writers located on the campus of Sweet Briar College. Residential Teacher & Counselors are responsible for: assisting teaching faculty in daily writing workshop sessions in one of six genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, script writing, song writing, or graphic fiction & nonfiction); teaching genre-specific writing labs; sponsoring student social/cultural events; and designing and teaching elective short-courses covering a range of artistic, literary, and recreational interests. Residential Teacher & Counselors are also responsible for the residential supervision of 10-12 student participants during meals and free time, on evenings and weekends, including overnight, and the activities that occur during these times, such as visiting writer readings, theater performances, swimming, field trips, cookouts, and recreational activities. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college with liberal arts coursework by the time of employment, preferably two or more. Experience working with adolescents in a tutoring, camp counselor, after-school program or an equivalent type of experience is required, and the ability to relate to adolescents is essential.”
  • Hugo House (Seattle) is hiring a Development Director (deadline: September 30).
  • “InsideOut is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry.” And it’s looking for an Executive Director.
  • “The University at Albany seeks a visionary leader for the position of Director of the New York State Writers Institute, the state-chartered center for the study, promotion, and celebration of writing in all its forms and genres in New York State. The successful applicant will provide administrative, artistic, and intellectual leadership, and will also possess significant experience with both electronic and traditional print and/or broadcast media. The Director is charged with providing the Institute with strategic and collaborative leadership, effective management, and creative programming guided by its mission.” (via Jeanetta Calhoun Mish)
  • The Commission on Civil Rights is hiring a Writer-Editor. This job is located in Washington.
  • The College Board [New York] has posted a position for an Assistant Editor, ELA.
  • “New College of Florida announces an opening for a Writer in Residence, spring semester 2017 (February-May). The designated Honors College of the State University System, New College of Florida is a small, highly selective, residential liberal arts institution with an 11:1 faculty/student ratio. We are especially interested this year in a writer specializing in poetry, though all applicants will be considered.”
  • “The Department of English at Hartwick College [New York] invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2017, pending final administrative approval. We seek candidates with expertise in the practice, history, and theory of poetry writing, with preference given to those with at least one book of poetry published.”
  • Southeast Missouri State University is advertising for an assistant professor position (tenure-track), who will teach the “equivalent of 12-credit hours per semester in undergraduate introductory creative writing (poetry and fiction), graduate and undergraduate advanced poetry writing, small press publishing, editing, professional writing, and composition.”
  • “The Drake University [Iowa] English Department seeks an outstanding teacher and writer for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, starting August 2017 to teach courses in narrative (creative nonfiction and fiction) with ability to offer courses in some of the following areas: community writing, advocacy writing, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The Department is interested in candidates whose background and experiences are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, and who can teach courses that include a diversity of cultural and ethnic perspectives. Drake seeks candidates with a proven record of success in integrating classroom learning with learning outside the classroom. Course load: 3-3, including a First Year Seminar and a gateway course (“Introduction to Literary Study” or “Writing Seminar”) each academic year.
  • “San Francisco State University, Department of Creative Writing, invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a specialization in fiction and global literature beginning August 2017.”
  • “Indiana University East, Richmond, IN, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English to teach writing courses, including First Year Composition, Professional Writing, and Creative Writing (fiction) starting August, 2017.”
  • “The Department of English and program in Creative Writing (fiction) at the University of Virginia invites applications from fiction writers of exceptional international stature for the position of the Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in either the fall or the spring term of the 2016- 2017, 2017- 2018, and 2018-2019 academic year. The inspiration for this position came from the example of William Faulkner, who was the Balch Writer in Residence at the University from 1956-1958. The compensation for this post will be commensurate with the very highest levels of literary distinction and international prestige.”
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