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 Coffee House Press: “Our next open reading period will begin September 1, 2017. We will cap the number of submissions we accept at 300, so if you plan to send us work, please do so early. We will be reading novels, essays, and book-length nonfiction only.” (Thanks to @TheFreeMFA for the tip.)
  • “The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute awards grants to support research or artistic projects on Jewish women’s and gender issues across a range of disciplines.” Deadline for the current round is September 14, 2017. No application fee.
  • Over on Trish Hopkinson’s site, you’ll find an interesting profile of a new poetry contest: The PersonalLordSaviorJesusChrist Poetry Contest is sponsored by Chris Rice Cooper’s blog. (Cooper plans another contest, with different subject matter, within the year.) Cooper says: “This contest is not limited to Christians–in fact I want to hear all voices on this contest. I think it would be awesome to write a poem in Satan’s voice about Jesus; I think it would be awesome to have a person write to Jesus in anger in this contest. I want to hear from heterosexuals, gays, lesbians, transgender, drug addicts, atheists, prostitutes, immigrants, Jews, Scientologists, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics, all religions, and all people, especially those who feel marginalized. And of course from those who love Jesus Christ.” Prizes: $300/$200/$100. Deadline: October 6, 2017. No entry fee.
  • Almost Fearless is “an adventure + travel magazine for parents. We want your stories. We work with first-time authors and seasoned pros. Our travel content is aimed at experienced travelers, who have read it all and want something new. Don’t pitch us Morocco, pitch us a multi-sport excursion with tweens across Morocco. You know? For our adventure side we’re looking at US and Canada destinations and ways to make your favorite sport accessible. If you’re a pro-cyclist you already have some ideas about how to get your four-year-old out on the trails with you, but for the rest of us we need some help wrapping our brain around making it accessible. Our parents definitely didn’t do multi-day hikes with us nor kayaked around alpine lakes for the weekend, so the more practical (but not dumbed down) information, the better. We also want essays and think pieces on what it means to be a parent, raise kids and live a fullfilled life — many of our readers have traveled the world or deep dived into the outdoors and this influences everything. Tie together these themes, share your ah-ha moments, bring in some smart science writing or fascinating interviews and show us what you can only see once we’ve lived in your shoes.” Pays: “Generally we offer $1/word for print and between $50-$250 flat for the web. Print submissions are opened quarterly (check back in September). We also send out a monthly call for submissions here:” Detailed guidelines here.
  • Argot magazine is “interested in writing and visual art that spans the worlds of queer culture, the feminine narrative, marginalized communities, and politics and culture.” NB: “This is a queer-focused website, and we have a strong preference for work created by queer writers and artists.” Pays: “We compensate all of our contributors on a sliding scale, with shorter poems and single panel comics starting at $35 and long form investigative pieces (4000> words) peaking at $250.” (via @Duotrope)
  • Coming SOON: the September issue of The Practicing Writer. As usual, this issue will be loaded with opportunities that don’t charge fees to writers and pay for winning/published work. (Plus, we’ll have a Q&A with poet Matthew Zapruder.) It’s never too late to subscribe to this free resource!
  • Paid internship with Kirkus Reviews: “The intern will work with Kirkus’ editors, as well as the rest of the Kirkus staff. Duties include, but aren’t limited to, receiving and cataloging submissions for review that arrive at the Kirkus office in both the fiction and indie departments, assisting the editorial staff in fact-checking and maintaining editorial calendars for the Kirkus site and its bimonthly print issues, and contributing to Kirkus’ social media channels. The intern will have clerical duties but will also be given the opportunity to write for the publication. The intern would be expected to be at the Kirkus office in New York, 20 hours per week.”
  • “The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers traveling fellowships to cover the cost of attending the annual New Horizons in Science briefing for journalists. The annual conference brings together top-rank scientists and leading science reporters for an in-depth look at seminal developments in science, medicine and technology that are likely to make news in the coming months. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in the day-long professional workshops sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers that immediately precede the briefing. The fellowships are intended primarily for reporters from smaller metropolitan print and broadcast news outlets, freelancers and webcasters with a demonstrated interest in science writing. They offer a unique introduction to science reporting that will prove of long-term benefit to the individual and the profession. CASW will, upon request, assign a veteran science writer to serve as personal mentor to the fellowship recipient.” There is no application fee. Deadline: September 8, 2017.
  • Speaking of science journalism: Check out @JohnUpton‘s Twitter thread with lots of job openings (thanks to @katzish for the tip).
  • “Newsweek seeks an entertainment journalist to report and write news and feature articles covering pop culture, with an emphasis on film and television. The ideal candidate should be a voracious consumer of pop culture with at least two years experience of daily reporting and writing at an entertainment website. A deep well of sources is a must. We are particularly interested in imaginative ways to tackle well-covered topics and breaking news. Stories will be published on the Newsweek website and in the magazine, at varying lengths.” This job is located in New York.
  • Maryland Humanities, “a nonprofit organization based in Baltimore that serves the state with free public humanities programs,” is looking for a Communications Specialist. This person will be “primarily responsible for managing both programmatic and institutional marketing and promotional efforts, including media and public relations, advertising, and copywriting, as well as overseeing the weekly Humanities Connection radio essay.”
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts) seeks an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing.
  • “Bowdoin College’s [Maine] English Department invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of creative writing nonfiction beginning fall 2018. Successful candidates will have a strong record of publication (preferably at least one book published, or under contract) and teaching, including teaching that reaches beyond specific fields of specialization to connect with other fields of English and other disciplines on campus.”
  • 7 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Sandra says:

      You do an amazing job, Erika! I re-post several of your postings on my tiny “Get Published? Submit!” weekly roundup at my website (with credit to you).

      Thank you for what you do.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Barbara, how wonderful to see you here! Thank you for the comment.

    2. Wow, how do you do it? Thanks to your listings, I got another short story published! Thank you for all that you do!

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Oh, this is marvelous to hear! Please tell us more! Where can we read the story?

        1. It’s called “Sleeping with Wolves” in the lit journal Typewriter Emergencies

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