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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).

  • This will be a relatively light post because the February issue of The Practicing Writer, packed with more competition and call listings, will be going out tomorrow. If you’re not yet subscribed, please join us!
  • matchbook is open for submissions (but just until tomorrow!):”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.” Pays: “At this time, matchbook is able to pay $20 per accepted website submission.” (Thanks to @Duotrope for the reminder on this one.)
  • The latest fiction contest from thirdspace closes February 1. “Send us your short fiction stories that center on experience(s) of medical education (including medical and dental students in training, pre-med students, or interactions with these students).” No entry fee. Prize: $350 and publication.
  • Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) is running an unusual poetry chapbook publishing opportunity. There’s no fee to send in work. “The poet will receive $1,000 and a nice stack of copies. The remaining chapbooks will be distributed to my postal club and on the road as I promote my forthcoming filthy novel All The Dirty Parts. If logistics permit, the poet and I will read together at least once.” Deadline: February 28, 2017 (received).
  • The 25th Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest is now open for submissions. NB: “Contest is open to Texans and non-Texans alike.” Prize: “$1,500 to be divided among the five winners. Manuscript to be published in The Austin Chronicle in June 2017.” Deadline: March 3, 2017. No entry fee.
  • From The Scythe Prize: For a “printed collection,” Rusty Scythe Publishing seeks “fiction and creative non-fiction from both current undergraduates and graduate college students.” Prize: “The top story AND essay will receive a $200 prize.” NB: “Other selected submissions (45 were selected for print in 2016) will be included in the printed book. No fee to send in work. Submissions welcome between February 1 and April 1, 2017.
  • “The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW)—an alternative arts space dedicated to literature at the intersection of race, migration and social justice—is hiring a Muslim Communities Program Coordinator who will lead and support programs engaging with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) communities in New York City, as well as nationally. The Muslim Communities Program Coordinator will (1) provide support to AAWW staff to execute Profile This!, our preexisting Muslim communities initiatives, and (2) help envision, organize, and launch new programs responding to the new political climate. We currently see this as a three-day-a-week position with health benefits, but we are fundraising to make this full-time.” (Thanks to @LikaLuca for the lead on this one.)
  • “The Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM invites applications for the 2017 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar or Writer in modern or contemporary literature, writing, and/or the arts of New Mexico or the Southwest for one week during late May 2017. The visiting writer or scholar will interact with students enrolled in joint undergraduate/graduate seminar in Taos, “Tourism & Taos: Rhetorical Invention and Intervention” (May 15-26). The scholar or writer also will be expected to deliver a public talk or give a public reading while in Taos and will be invited to do the same at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The honorarium is $5,000. In addition, the Center will cover the expenses associated with the recipient’s Stillwater stay.” No application fee. Deadline: March 10, 2017.”
  • “Catawba College [North Carolina] welcomes applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of English beginning August 2017. We seek a generalist with a strong ability to teach 20th century American literature and poetry writing.”
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