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).

  • From Islanded Quarterly: “We are looking for poetry, prose and photography that responds creatively to the theme of being islanded.” Pays: “If we select your work for publication, we will pay: £15.00 for the first 1,500 words, then £0.01 for each word thereafter, up to a maximum of £45.00 per piece of prose/£15.00 per poem/£15.00 per photograph.” (Thanks to AuthorsPublish for the tip on this one.)
  • The “My Mother, My Hero” Essay Contest recognizes the following: “In the world of addiction, it is often the families who help pull a loved one out of the clutches of substance abuse. It’s through their support that many people find healing, and quite often it is a mom (or a mother figure) who is always there in a time of need. Of course, it’s also likely that a mom has been hurt most in watching her child suffer the pain of addiction, which doesn’t just affect the addict, it touches everyone in their life.” This year for Mother’s Day, “in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest with a $200 prize for the winning essay. In 250 words or less, tell us why your mother is your hero.” Note: “Mother doesn’t have to be biological mother, it can be anyone who has acted as a mother figure as long as essay stays on topic.” Deadline: May 1, 2017.
  • “Southern Fried Karma seeks unpublished fiction for its 2017 Novel Contest. We focus on cultivating the artistic voices of the new millennium with a Southern accent. The successful manuscript will go beyond stereotypical depictions and illuminate the multiplicity of the Southern experience; past, present, or future; the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected.” Prize: “The winner will receive a $1500 advance on a book publishing contract with SFK Press.” No entry fee. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
  • “Anesthesiology proudly introduces the Letheon, its first annual poetry prize. As anesthesiologists who engage in scientific inquiry and clinical practice, we discover that creativity flourishes in the tension of science and art as we navigate the liminality, if you will, of body and soul. So we have decided to embrace our heritage. Writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit poems somehow related to the perioperative setting.  Are you a medical professional or related to one? Perhaps you have been anesthetized recently, or you are overly acquainted with the waiting room. If you are connected to the world of anesthesia, we encourage you to share your experience with us. One winning poem will receive a $500 prize and will be published, along with other finalists, in the ‘Mind to Mind’ section of Anesthesiology.” No entry fee. Deadline: June 30, 2017.
  • Reminder: A new month is coming! Which means a new issue of The Practicing Writer will soon be released. As per usual, it will include even more no-fee, paying opportunities for poets, fictionists, and writers of creative nonfiction. If you’re not yet a subscriber, please join us! Subscriptions are free and we don’t sell/rent/disclose our subscriber list.
  • “Tablet is hiring a paid, full-time summer editorial intern. If you have experience in journalism and are familiar with the landscape of American Jewish life, we’d love to hear from you. Interns contribute blog posts and feature articles for our online magazine, and assist the editorial staff with research and fact-checking. The spring internships run from Memorial Day through Labor Day at our offices in Manhattan.” Deadline: May 5, 2017.
  • “YES! Magazine seeks a journalist for a one-year, full-time, in-house reporting fellowship based in our Bainbridge Island, Washington, office. Most editorial staff members commute from Seattle. The fellow will receive a salary of $40,000, plus vacation, commuting, and health benefits. YES! established this fellowship to support journalists from communities of color and to increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in our social justice reporting and writing.” Application deadline is June 1, 2017.
  • “Clear and credible science journalism is more important than ever. That’s why Science News is reaffirming its commitment to delivering readers the latest advances from across the scientific frontiers. To do so, we are growing our team of subject-specific reporters. Science News is seeking a Technology writer, Earth & Climate writer, and Neuroscience writer.” These positions are based in Washington.
  • “The College of Arts, Letters & Education at Eastern Washington University invites applications for an experienced professional in planning major community events to serve as the university’s Director of Get Lit!. The ultimate goal of Get Lit! programs, which includes educational outreach activities as well as an annual literary festival, is to engage the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of the written word and to encourage discussion, at all age levels, of literature in its many forms.”
  • From the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: “The Department of Creative Writing is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in Creative Nonfiction for academic year 2017-18. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Creative Nonfiction and serving as reader on a limited number of MFA thesis committees. The ideal candidate will have an MFA in Creative Writing or equivalent, substantial publications in the genre in national venues, a book of creative nonfiction, and a record of excellence in teaching creative writing.”
  • “The Department of English, Creative Writing, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, invites applications for a one academic year visiting Assistant Professorship-General Faculty. The appointment begins July 25, 2017. A strong background in contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction and an MFA are required. At least one published novel or story collection, as well as substantial publications in creative nonfiction, essays, profiles, reviews, etc. from major presses required. Teaching experience required.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Judith says:

      Erika, I just submitted to Anesthesiology’s “Letheon”.
      I’d never have submitted there on my own.
      Thank you so much.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Good luck, Judith!

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