Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday 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).

  • The deadline (March 10) is approaching fast for this year’s Nantucket Directory Poetry Contest: “Your poem about Nantucket Island or about life on Nantucket Island could be on the cover of The Nantucket Directory. The winning poet will receive $250 and have his or her work published in the print and online editions of the Nantucket Directory.” NB: “All poems earning honorable mention will win no prize, but may be published online.” No entry fee.
  • Closing March 13 and open only to residents of North Carolina as explained in the guidelines: the 2017 North Carolina State University Poetry Contest. “Our Guest Judge this year is Richard Garcia. On April 13th, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a presentation of awards and a reading from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds at Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall on NC State’s campus.” Contest awards a grand prize of $500 and $100 to the best entry from an NC State undergraduate. No entry fee.
  • There’s much more time (deadline: September 30, 2017) to enter the latest Lilith Magazine Annual Fiction Contest. “When selecting what you’ll submit, please remember our tagline [‘Independent, Jewish and Frankly Feminist’]. The magazine proudly spotlights both emerging and established writers. Winner receives $250 + publication.” No entry fee.
  • Updated guidelines are now available from U.K.-based Mslexia, “the magazine for women who write,” including new calls for themed writing (poetry and prose, on the themes of “Yesteryear” and “Bewitched”) and information on a number of “other submissions” categories (including “Confession,” which is a flash memoir section, and “Hindsight,” a brief advice piece). A few submission categories are nonpaying, but generally speaking, “We usually pay £25 for each piece published in Mslexia,” except where/as noted. NB: “Please note that the deadline for most submissions for the June magazine (issue 74) is 10th April 2017”; the “Yesteryear” call closes in early September and “Bewitched” remains open until early December.
  • Some deadlines have already passed, but many remain within Erica Verrillo’s post listing “Calls for Submissions in March 2017—Paying Markets.” I haven’t vetted every listing there, but they seem to be fee-free as well as paying.
  • “Inside Higher Ed, the leading national daily online publication about the complex and compelling world of higher education, seeks a freelance writer to write two stories per week, about 1,000 words each, for its new newsletter, Inside Digital Learning. This is a remote position. Prefer experience reporting on technology in higher education or reporting on higher education or technology in general. Need to be flexible and be able to turn around copy and answer questions quickly.”
  • “Other Press, publisher of novels, short stories, poetry, essays, as well as timely nonfiction from around the world that represent literature at its best, seeks a Publicity Assistant to provide day-to-day support in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.” This position is located in New York.
  • Bennington College announces the search for the director of its renowned graduate writing program.
  • “As Sheridan [College, Canada] 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.”
  • “Rutgers University–Newark invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Distinguished Professor, although other ranks may be considered, in poetry writing, ideally to begin in Fall 2017.”
  • “Rutgers University–Newark invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, although other ranks may be considered, in nonfiction writing, ideally to begin in Fall 2017.”
  • “William Paterson University [New Jersey] invites applications for adjunct instructors in The Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program. Candidates must be able to teach graduate courses in writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) and literature (especially courses with an emphasis on craft) in-person, online or hybrid, particularly during our Summer Writing Institute.”
  • “Scripps College [California], a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a distinguished visiting writer for the Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Writing during the spring semester of 2018. The successful candidate will serve as the Mary Routt Chair of Writing throughout the spring semester (mid-January to mid-May). The Chair will teach one writing workshop course of her or his own design and will give two public readings or talks. We are looking for candidates with a significant record of publication in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry; we prefer candidates who can show evidence of outstanding teaching ability. Salary is $60,000.”
  • “The Creative Writing Program at Bowling Green State University [Ohio] seeks a fiction writer as the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. The successful candidate will be in residence spring 2018; teach one workshop in our BFA program and one workshop in our MFA program; give a public reading and a lecture; and advise theses.”