Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).

  • Buzzfeed Reader is taking essay pitches and submissions, both personal essays and works of cultural criticism. (See the website for details/definitions.) Pays: “We pay competitive rates.”
  • A detailed call for submissions from the Forward‘s Sisterhood blog. (Cross-posted from My Machberet.)
  • From Brooklyn Poets: “Each workshop season, we award fellowships to promising students in need to take our workshops for free. To be eligible, applicants must not have previously published (or had accepted for publication) a chapbook or full-length collection of poems. Applicants are limited to one fellowship every four years, two fellowships lifetime. To apply for the upcoming season, submit 4-5 poems (7 pages max) along with a cover letter describing your writing background, interest in a particular workshop, and financial need by Sunday, January 29, 2017.” No application fee. (via
  • Applications for The Fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of of Pittsburgh close on January 31. “Two-year fellowship in a “creative think tank” for African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics, housed in a lively English/ creative writing program, beginning fall 2017. $48,000 salary per year and health benefits provided. The fellow will teach one community workshop each year; lead seminar discussions in the course Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics; participate in Co-Lab, the interactive public forum in which visiting writers and artists present their work in progress; and give one public reading with a Q&A. The Fellow’s primary attention will be focused on their own poetry and creative work. Poets who have completed an MFA or PhD with creative writing experience are eligible to apply, provided they do not yet have more than one full-length book of poetry or other creative writing published or under contract by the application deadline.” No application fee.
  • The Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers recognizes LGBTQ-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. The award includes a cash prize of $1000. Two Emerging LGBTQ Writer prizes will be awarded.” No application fee. Deadline: January 31, 2017 (received).
  • The Kentucky Foundation for Women’s Summer Residency Program, “Voice Lessons,” June 11-17, 2017, “invites applications from Kentucky women writers who wish to work closely with Writer-in-Residence George Ella Lyon to develop their artistic skills.” Deadline: 5pm EST on March 3, 2017. No application fee. “This residency is offered free of cost to participants. KFW provides housing, a food stipend, instruction and mentoring and any other activities related to this residency.”
  • New prize: “The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) is pleased to announce a new Jewish fiction award for adult readers. The award will include a $1,000 cash prize as well as support to attend the AJL conference to receive the award. Books published in 2017 will be eligible for the 2018 award, and the award winner will be announced in late February or early March 2018.” There is no entry fee. No deadline announced yet–stay tuned! UPDATE: DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1, 2017.
  • Astoria Bookshop (New York) is hiring a part-time bookseller.
  • PEN America (New York) is advertising for a Social Media Coordinator/Manager and for a Web and Multimedia Producer/Project Manager.
  • “St. Francis College is pleased to announce the planned launch of a Low Residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program beginning in the Summer of 2017. The College is therefore recruiting creative, innovative teacher-practitioners who have significant professional accomplishment to teach MFA courses as a member of the College’s part-time faculty. Please note that hiring is contingent upon funding and enrollment.”
  • Point Loma Nazarene University is advertising for “a tenure-track position in fiction writing with experience teaching advanced English grammar and usage to begin in Fall 2017.”