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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).

  • Electric Literature is currently open to “submissions of personal and critical essays…as well as humor that reflects on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its forms. We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, architecture — you name it.” Deadline: November 4, 2016. Pays: “Payment for personal and craft essays, as well as humor pieces, is $50.”
  • LitMag is a print journal of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, a home for established, emerging and unknown writers. We seek work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds and large hearts….LitMag Online publishes web exclusives. It’s free.” Currently open for submissions. Pays: “LitMag Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem (or the rare short short). LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250.”
  • Canada-based Arc has re-opened for poetry submissions. Pays: “You will be paid at the rate of $50 per page upon pub­li­ca­tion and will also receive one free copy of the issue in which your work appears.” Query for reviews, inter­views, and arti­cles on poetry and poetry-related sub­jects. (Thanks to @Duotrope for alerting me to the re-opened submission window.)
  • Ouen Press is currently welcoming “true travel tales” for a contest themed “The Journey.” No entry fee. Deadline: October 31. Prizes: “There will be one Winner who will receive £300 and two Runners-up who will each receive £100. There will also be a selection of ‘Highly Commended’ entries. The Winner, Runners-up and Highly Commended entries may be published in a compilation following the announcement of the results of the competition.” (via ShortStops)
  • “Each calendar year, the Hooks Institute National Book Award is given to the book that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy.” Prize: “An award of $1,000 will be made to the author(s).” Also: “The recipient(s) of the award will receive an invitation to deliver an address at the University of Memphis as part of the Hooks Institute Lecture Series during the 2017-2018 academic year.” Nonfiction books, published in 2016, only. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
  • “Cancer Monthly needs experienced science/medical writer to write articles….You will work from your home office. Prefer that you are located within research triangle for once a week meetings in north Raleigh. This is an independent contractor part time position. Compensation is paid for each article and depends on experience.”
  • The University of Chicago is looking for an Events Programming Assistant who “provides primary event support to the Creative Writing Program and the Program in Poetry and Poetics. The Assistant serves as the part-time administrator to the programs in Creative Writing and Poetry and Poetics, providing primary support for their attendant events series.” NB: “This is a permanent, 20-hour-per-week, benefits-eligible position which runs annually from September 1 through June 30.”
  • “The University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics is seeking a Literary Researcher and Writer” who will “support the Senior Policy Strategist and other Institute staff with the development of specialized reports and other publications.” NB: “This position is grant funded and will be active for one year. Also, the hiring range is for full-time positions and will be prorated based on 30% effort.”
  • “PEN America is looking for a dynamic, energetic, and innovative Director of Literary Programs and Outreach to build upon recent achievements in growing and strengthening our community of writers dedicated to the celebration and defense of free expression worldwide.” PEN America is also “seeking a new, dynamic, and committed Manager of Membership and Marketing to extend our track record of growth and engagement with our membership of 4,400 professional writers and members of the literary community.” Both of these positions are located in New York.
  • The University of Michigan is advertising for an MFA Program Coordinator.
  • Also at the University of Michigan: “The Residential College Creative Writing Program [http://www.rc.lsa.umich.edu/] is seeking to hire a non-continuing Lecturer I to teach Creative Writing for the Winter 2017 semester. This position will be a 100% position for the equivalent of three courses in the winter semester (1/1/17 – 4/30/17). 100% appointment in Winter 2017.
  • “The Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications for a tenure-track, entry level Assistant Professor in Fiction Writing to join a distinguished creative writing faculty with a long-standing MFA program, to start Fall 2017.”
  • “The Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in fiction writing to begin August 2017. A 3-3 load, with competitive salary.”
  • “The Department of English at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks a poet and invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in poetry writing to begin August 2017. A 3-3 load, with competitive salary.”
  • “The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for an assistant professor (tenure system) in creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry and a secondary field in poetics, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, playwriting, or screenwriting. Our program is committed to aesthetic diversity; experience in spoken word poetry or performance, hybrid forms, new media, video poetry, book arts, and/or digital publishing are all highly desirable.”
  • “Creative nonfiction writers with teaching experience and significant publications, including at least one book, are invited to apply for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) in the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University starting August 2017. Publications and teaching experience in a second genre are desirable.”
  • “As Sheridan [College] moves towards its vision of becoming Canada’s leading undergraduate teaching university, the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program, within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is seeking a professor who will be responsible for curriculum leadership in the area of Creative Writing. The incumbent will be also be expected to teach a range of introductory courses in literary studies and communications, including composition and rhetoric. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated record of published expertise, in ideally two or more genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) and should be committed to working in a team environment that supports distinctive programming.”
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    1. I’m having a problem finding where to submit an essay to Electric Lit. Can’t find that it’s open to an essay submission.

      Martha M

      • Martha, I am just the messenger! You may have seen the link to the Submittable page at the bottom of the announcement. It’s possible that since this is the first day of the window, they haven’t activated the submissions for this section yet. If there are further delays/problems, I suggest that you reach out to Electric Lit directly. Good luck!

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