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).

  • Here’s a challenge awarding a prize package worth $10,000 (“including a trip for two to Tokyo”): “At 4:58am on June 28th, 2017, the passengers on board ANA Flight 008, en route from Tokyo to San Francisco, are cruising at an altitude of 37,000 feet, approximately 1,500 nautical miles off the West Coast of the United States. A small bump, otherwise noted as a barely perceptible bout of turbulence, passes Flight 008 through a temporary wrinkle in the local region of space-time. What these passengers will soon find out as they descend into SFO is that the wrinkle has transported them 20 years in the future, and the year is now 2037.” The challenge is to “write your own story from the perspective of the passenger in Seat 14C.” There is no entry fee. Deadline: August 25 at 11:59pm PDT. Lots of details about this “Seat 14c” contest on the website. (via
  • Motherwell is planning an essay series on motherhood and ambition: “What happens to a woman’s career after kids? We are looking for fresh perspectives, up to 1,400 words, that tackle the emotional and practical issues involved in combining being a mom with pursuing a career. Interpretations might include: the decision to stay home (or not) when the kids are young; the realities of the part-time or work-from-home experience; re-entry (or not) into the workforce once the children are older. We are open to a range of styles and this is a paid opportunity.” No fee to submit. Deadline: September 1. (via Judy Bolton-Fasman)
  • ICYMI: My new piece for the AWP “Writer’s Notebook” discusses “Making Poetry Pay: Five Ways to Increase Your Poetry Income.” And if you’ve got something that you think might make a good Writer’s Notebook submission, check those guidelines; AWP pays $100 per post.
  • From Carol Tice of “It’s open-pitch time! Now accepting guest post pitches. Pay $75-$150. Read my guidelines first:”
  • “Graywolf Press seeks to increase access to publishing by offering a paid, ten-month Citizen Literary Fellowship.” Details: “The Citizen Literary Fellowship is a paid, comprehensive fellowship over ten months designed to support a person who is interested in learning more about the publishing industry through an introductory, hands-on experience. It is intended to attract candidates who otherwise would not have access to publishing, and to therefore increase the diversity and inclusivity of the industry. We are flexible regarding the educational background of the candidate, but this position is not intended for those attending school full time. This fellowship is grounded in our belief that while diversity in the books and authors we publish is vital, it is equally important that the people publishing these books reflect that diversity. Throughout the year, the fellow will receive active coaching and encouragement from the whole Graywolf team. Our hope is that this fellowship will serve as a doorway to a successful career in publishing or a related literary field. The fellowship will be based in our Minneapolis office, and is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt ten-month position with a start date in September 2017. Compensation includes $20,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance.” No application fee. Deadline: 5:00pm CDT on July 31.
  • Located in Clermont, New York, “Residency 108 invites emerging and established artists, writers and thinkers of all disciplines to immerse themselves in their creative practice. We particularly welcome those who work with nature, ecology and the installation of temporary outdoor land-art works. The residency is free apart from the cost of travel and material expenses which must be assumed by the individual. Two four week-long residencies are offered each year, one during the month of October and one in May. The program accommodates three artists at a time. Each resident is provided with a room, working facilities and a weekly stipend for food, participants are responsible for cooking their own meals. Each resident will be asked to present their work during the residency and weekly critiques are held as a group, sometimes with a visiting critic.” There is no application fee. Deadline for the fall session: August 1, 2017.
  • The Jewish Book Council is looking for a Digital Manager.
  • In New York: “Girls Write Now seeks a full-time Senior Program Coordinator to join the Programs team that manages all facets of our mentoring programs, including: recruitment and enrollment, pair support, volunteer management and engagement, curriculum development, program evaluation, and coordination of communications and fundraising through program participants and activities.”
  • “Behind the Book seeks a part-time program coordinator to run our innovative programs in schools. The program coordinator will be responsible for designing and implementing programs that align to the Common Core Learning Standards, fit into the teacher’s curriculum and meet our four program goals….Every program is built around a book and its author and is designed in partnership with the author and the classroom teacher.” This job is located in New York.
  • “The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as Teaching Artists for BookUp NYC, a free, after-school reading program for middle school students. BookUp participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through author visits and field trips.”
  • “The Department of Writing at the University of Victoria [British Columbia] invites applications for a tenure-track position in creative nonfiction at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2018.
  • “The Department of English at the University of Arizona is seeking adjunct lecturers on a part-time basis to teach creative writing courses at the undergraduate level for Spring 2018. Anticipated needs are in fiction and nonfiction. We seek candidates able to work with diverse students and colleagues and who have experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. Please note: this position may teach additional semesters dependent on departmental need.”