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 Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the fourth annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc.” There is no entry fee; deadline is January 2, 2017. (Editor’s note: The February issue of The Practicing Writer will feature an e-interview with Mike Scalise, whose memoir The Brand New Catastrophe won the Christopher Doheny Award and will be released in print at the end of January.)
  • Attention, Minnesotans: “TLC [Tofte Lake Center] will host its third annual weeklong artist retreat for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. In 2017 this will be the week of September 25-October 1. For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition — in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined. Surrounded by the beauty of this location, she spent many memorable days and nights creating all forms of art. She took time each day to commune with her spirit by hiking, biking, and kayaking. She has left her fingerprints all over TLC, touching both the people and property, as well as the world around her.” Application deadline for the Gaia Fenna Memorial Fellowship is January 15, 2017; there is no fee to apply. “Lodging is subsidized: the recipient is provided a solo cabin with kitchen and bath facilities. The recipient will receive an honorarium of $200 to cover meals and travel. Once at TLC meals are the responsibility of the artist.” (Was reminded of this one via The Loft Literary Center‘s newsletter.)
  • The Annie Clark Tanner Fellowship in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah invites an environmental writer “to offer classes in Utah’s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program. Environmental Humanities aims to produce an interdisciplinary, intellectual, and creative space where students reflect on what it means to be “human” in a world of entangled human, animal, and other presences; that encourages creative and collaborative exchanges; and enables students to think in a forward fashion both about new forms of environmental leadership and stewardship, and about the intersection of ecology and environmental justice. The fellowship will consist of a Spring 2018 semester-long residency, with possibilities to extend to include a second semester.” NB: “The position offers an honorarium of $50,000. The successful candidate will have an office in the Tanner Humanities Center and be part of the Center’s fellow community.” Deadline: February 10, 2017. No application fee.
  • Grain Magazine, published four times per year, is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.” Pays: “All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus 3 copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (reproduced in black and white) and on the cover (in colour) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions to a maximum of $500.” (Thanks to for the reminder on this one.)
  • In Decatur, Georgia: “Little Shop of Stories is searching for a full-time person to work as an events coordinator and also as a bookseller. We need a creative and detail oriented person who can supervise staff, coordinate with local schools, and oversee social media. We offer a dynamic work environment with enthusiastic colleagues within a supportive community. The ideal start date is in February 2017.”
  • In Austin, Texas: “The Literary and Communications Coordinator position with the Texas Book Festival is responsible for supporting the organization’s Literary Director in the planning and execution of the Festival’s year-round literary programming, including the two-day Texas Book Festival. The position also provides support in the areas of marketing and communications, literary content generation, social media, event logistics, and volunteer coordination.”
  • From Western Washington University: “Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies seeks an active writer and experienced teacher for the position of assistant professor of creative writing and literature. We seek a writer who may specialize in a certain writing genre, but can also teach writing and literature courses in a wide range of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, journalism, playwriting, composition, blogging. Given our students’ strong interests in questions of power and identity, structural inequalities and violence, and environmental justice, the foci of candidates’ scholarship and creative work should engage in the intersections of poetics and politics, or of words and the world. Particular emphases may be Black/Africana studies, decolonial/postcolonial literatures, feminism and writing, or Native modes of writing and thinking, among many possibilities. An ideal candidate will be able to teach courses that develop the creative writing skills and personal voices of students, as well as to help students examine the literary, theoretical, historical, political, and cultural contexts within which writing emerges.”
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, is advertising for an assistant professor: “Fiction specialist to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing, including Introduction to Creative Writing as well as 300-/400-/500-/600-level fiction-writing workshops, form and technique courses, contemporary genre courses, and to supervise theses. In addition, candidates must be prepared to teach writing-intensive general education literature courses and composition.”
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