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).

  • Call for microfiction from Zathom, “the brainchild of Francisco Orvanaños, a literary app for smartphones, tablets, and computers designed to inspire users to write (and read!) pieces of microfiction using very specific constraints.” From the guidelines: “Stories must be 48-55 words long, and they must use 3 words, called ‘Fathoms,’ from the lists [provided].” Pays: “Writers will be paid $10.00 (via PayPal) for each story accepted for publication.” Deadline: September 8, 2017.
  • Reminder: The Outlook Springs Creative Nonfiction Prize, which will award $500 to its winner, closes September 16. No entry fee.
  • The Writing District runs a no-fee short story writing contest with a monthly deadline (the last day of each month). “We accept short stories up to 3,000 words. Open theme.” Prize: $50. (via @Duotrope)
  • Received via email: “Rascal, a journal of ecology, literature and art, is open for submissions. No fee to submit, pays $20 per acceptance for poetry, prosetry, photography and art, and $0.02 per word for essays. All contributors are automatically considered for annual editor’s choice awards and various prize nominations. See full guidelines at:”
  • The Last Line is currently open for submissions of short stories that conclude with this line: “Benjamin was a man of his word.” Stories may run 300-5,000 words. Pays: $20-$40. Deadline: October 1, 2017. (Thanks to Cathy’s Comps and Calls for the reminder about this one.)
  • Arkansan poets and fictionists, your turn has come! If you have never published a book (or published no more than one book in the genre in which you may be applying) AND have resided in Arkansas for at least two years before you send in your application, you may be eligible to try for the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Prize confers a $500 honorarium; a trip to New York City in October 2018 to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers (and to give a public reading); and a one-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. There is no fee to apply. Deadline: January 8, 2018.
  • Reminder! The month is young! If you haven’t yet seen the new issue of The Practicing Writer, you’ll find lots more no-fee, paying opportunities listed there.
  • The Maine Humanities Council (Portland) seeks a Program Assistant.
  • Yellow Scene Magazine in Boulder, Colo., is looking for a Part-Time Associate Editor.
  • “The Humanities Council at Princeton University welcomes proposals from journalists and writers who wish to teach seminars in journalism as visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism, or seminars in other kinds of non-fiction related to journalism as visiting McGraw Professors of Writing. Both residential (full-time) and commuting (part-time) positions are available. Appointments are for one semester only: fall 2018 (September 1 through January 31) or spring 2019 (February 1 through June 30)….Seminars meet once per week for three hours, with enrollment limited to 16 students. Students are expected to devote four to six hours per week to class preparation. Every one or two weeks they submit assignments, which are critiqued by the professor during one-on-one writing conferences with the students. Professors often invite guest speakers and arrange a class visit to their newspaper or magazine.”
  • From St. Lawrence University: “Fiction or creative non-fiction writers with significant publications and teaching experience are invited to apply for the position of Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the academic year 2018-2019. Publications and teaching experience in a second genre would be preferable. The individual hired will teach two genre-specific courses each semester and be an active participant in the English Department. Departmental activities will include giving a reading as part of the St. Lawrence University Writers Series, serving as a reader on a senior honors thesis and possibly directing a senior independent project, and leading occasional workshops for senior writing majors or giving a craft talk on writing. Evidence will be sought of a proven record of innovative pedagogy in creative writing and an enthusiasm for teaching. Minimum two years of undergraduate teaching experience required.”