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).

  • 150 Words for 150 Years–A Canada 150 Writing Contest: “What do you have to say about Canada? Do you have a story to tell, a point of view to express, an experience to share — and can you make it short? Enter your story, 150 words or less, to win $150. Choose one of three categories — if you are 20 or younger, enter your short piece of writing, fiction or nonfiction, in the Youth category. If you are 21 or older enter either to win the Fiction category or the Nonfiction category. Write about nature, about our history, about your life; write about canoes or computers, hockey or Habitants, ulus or the underground city. Maybe your grandmother was an immigrant — or you are. Maybe your ancestors have been here for thousands of years. Take 150 words to take stock of where we came from and where we are now. Write about what Canada means to you.” No entry fee. Deadline: March 30, 2017 (via
  • The current submission window at Third Point Press closes March 31. “We pay $10/contributor via PayPal.”
  • “Hippocampus Magazine is awarding two scholarships to HippoCamp 2017. For this scholarship competition, we’ll consider quality of writing and financial need, so we’re looking for a writing sample and some additional information. Essay theme: Lessons Learned – up to 500 words.” No application fee. Deadline: March 31, 2017.
  • March 31 is also the deadline date for several scholarship opportunities offered by Grub Street’s The Muse & the Marketplace Conference. No application fees indicated for the Visiting Writer Scholarship, Writers of Color Scholarships, or the Scholarship for a Writer Living with a Disability.
  • “Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words. Our 2017 contest launches on March 10th, and closes April 10th. The theme for 2017 is ‘Renewal.'” Prizes: “The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $50, $30, and $20 respectively; everyone who is chosen for publication will receive a free copy of the eBook. No royalties will be paid.” NB: “Authors agree to first publication rights on the blog if chosen as a winner or as a “Judge’s Choice”. Authors agree to exclusive publication in QSF anthology for 12 months, with author’s right to publish elsewhere returned after the end of the 12 months after publication date. MCB/QSF retain the right to sell the work for 36 months after publication.” No entry fee.
  • Coming soon: April issue of The Practicing Writer. You’ll find plenty more no-fee, paying opportunities within.
  • Tin House Books is looking for an Assistant Editor. (This position is located in Portland, Oregon.)
  • “Bitch Media seeks a Senior Editor to join our editorial team. The right candidate is a dynamic, energized, and experienced editor who is comfortable assigning and editing across print and digital platforms, and who has an ear to the ground when it comes to under-the-radar and mainstream feminist pop culture.” NB: “This job can be performed from a remote location.”
  • “The Department English at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applicants for a full-time one-year position in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences….Candidates must be active, published poets with M.F.A. in hand. Significant teaching experience is recommended. Teaching load is four courses per semester. Teaching assignments will likely include Introduction to Creative Writing (both poetry and fiction writing), Introduction to Poetry (a course in close reading and interpretation of poetic texts, required of all English majors), a 300-level Poetry Workshop, and a creative writing capstone (Writers’ Workshop).
  • Miami University (Ohio) is looking for a “Visiting Assistant Professor in Poetry to teach and develop traditional and online undergraduate and graduate creative writing courses and provide service to the department and university. Typical load is three courses/semester.”