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).

  • Weird City is a literary magazine dedicated to strange things in dense places”—and it’s open for submissions for its next issue. Story payment ranges from $20 to $75. (Thanks to @Duotrope for the lead on this one.)
  • Recommended Reading is the weekly fiction magazine of Electric Literature, and with over 92,000 subscribers in just five years, it’s one of the fastest growing literary magazine around. Every week the magazine publishes one story, a mix of reprints chosen by today’s best authors and editors, and original fiction. Though we publish both, we only consider previously unpublished stories during our open submission periods. We’re looking for short stories that are bold, affecting, and presented with a distinct style. For fall 2017, we’re opening general fiction submissions for previously unpublished work for two weeks from September 20th to October 4th.” Pays: $300.
  • Based in Toronto, The Puritan expects to remain open until September 25 for fee-free poetry and fiction submissions for its fall issue. Pays: $50/work of fiction and $15/poem (“or pages, capped at $60 for poems running four pages or more”). (Payment presumably in Canadian dollars.)
  • “The Kraemer Intergenerational Story Contest, powered by Pass it Down, is an outgrowth of a contest started by the organization Intergeneration Month and its founder, Sandy Kraemer. In early 2017, Bridges Together ‘merged’ with IG Month, and we are proud to be continuing the efforts of Sandy and the organization he founded.” Contest-entry options include “the written word,” among others. Prizes: “$500 to 1 ‘grand prize’ winner,” “$250 to 4 winners (1 in each category),” and “Honorable Mentions.” NB: “Bridges Together has the non-exclusive right to to distribute and publish these works.” Deadline: September 30, 2017. No entry fee.
  • Just learned about this Global Poetry Contest in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Rape of Nanjing (Nanking). “This poetry contest, presented by the Chinese Culture and Art League, Washington Poetry Club and Chinese Writers Association in North America of the United States Capital Chapter, encourages poets of all ages, genders, racial origins and cultural spectrum to compose poems in English and classical Chinese languages respectively for paying a tribute and memory to/of these victims, as well as to numerous Western and Chinese unsung heroes who risked their lives at time to save tens of thousands Chinese females and refugees in the Nanjing (Nanking) Safety Zone set up by the American, German and other Western, and local residents in Nanjing (Nanking), then the capital of China.” Prizes: “First Prize: No less than $1,000 for both English and Chinese category.” NB: “All authors whose entries that win prizes shall allow ‘the presenter’ to publish those prized entries on the presenter’s dedicated website, printed program at the award ceremony and via various channels of the media. All finalists will also be recognized at the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.” There is no entry fee. Deadline: October 15, 2017. (Thanks to Winning Writers for the tip about this one.)
  • From the New York Public Library: “The Schomburg Center Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long-term and short-term fellowships to support scholars and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Center’s extensive resources for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture.” Deadline: December 1, 2017. No application fee.
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) seeks a Researcher/Writer, Arts and Culture.
  • “Newsweek is looking for a Senior Politics Writer with a record of breaking news, holding government officials accountable and filing beautifully written stories that make us excited about journalism.” (This job is based in New York.)
  • Urban Libraries Council (DC) plans to hire a Communications Manager.
  • Philadelphia magazine, an award-winning city and regional magazine, is seeking a senior editor to focus on service and lifestyle coverage.”
  • “AFAR is looking for a senior travel guide editor to join our digital editorial team. The right candidate will have a strong background in travel-guide curation and play a key role in developing and expanding our destination coverage online, both for our award-winning website ( and for our strategic partners. This position can be based in our New York or San Francisco office.”
  • Washington and Lee University (Virginia) is looking for a Shenandoah Editor-in-Chief and Visiting Assistant Professor of English: “Three-year position beginning Fall 2018, with a possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will serve as Editor-In-Chief of the distinguished online literary magazine Shenandoah, with technological assistance from the Digital Humanities Action Team (DHAT). In addition, the position involves teaching two courses per semester plus, every other year, a seminar in our four-week Spring Term. Two of those 4.5 annual courses will be practicums in literary publishing: the Shenandoah internship. The others will be workshops, preferably including fiction writing, with a first-year writing seminar every other year. The biannual Spring Term course may involve publishing, Digital Humanities, or a related field, with innovative approaches welcome.”
  • Kennesaw State University [Georgia] is advertising for a Director of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing Program, and for an Assistant Professor of English in Applied and Professional Writing, and for an Assistant Professor of Writing for Stage and Screen.
  • Murray State University [Kentucky] is looking for an Assistant Professor-Creative Writing, someone with an “MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing with a specialization in fiction and secondary expertise in creative nonfiction.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Minnesota invites applications for an assistant professor of Creative Writing: tenure-track, 2/2 course load, beginning fall semester 2018. We are looking for a writer with strengths in both creative nonfiction and poetry.”
  • Villanova’s [Pennsylvania] English department is seeking a tenure-track assistant professorship beginning Fall 2018 in creative nonfiction to teach courses at the undergraduate level. The teaching load is 3-2, and courses will include creative non-fiction workshops, fiction workshops, and literature courses.
  • From California State University, Fresno: “Poets are invited to apply for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English in the College of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Fresno. Appointment begins August 2018.”
  • “Augustana University [South Dakota] invites applications for a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of English and Journalism beginning in August 2018…The preferred applicant should expect to teach courses in the FYS (First-Year Seminar) program, as well as literature components of the SOPHIA (general education) program, and the Civitas Honors Program. Additionally, the ideal applicant will have a background in multicultural literature and advanced composition. Knowledge of pedagogical approaches to young-adult literature is also desirable. The typical load for members of the department is three courses per semester, plus a course in two out of every three January terms.
  • “The Amherst College [Massachusetts] Department of English invites applications from poets for the position of writer-in-residence, to begin July 1, 2018….The position entails teaching three courses per year (two writing courses and one literature course of the writer’s design), in addition to advising senior theses. The writer-in-residence also is responsible for planning the Creative Writing Center’s annual reading series. The initial appointment is for three years, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. Candidates must have published at least one book of poetry and should have previous teaching experience.”
  • Open for a new season: the Job Information List: “Published by the MLA as an electronic database and as printable PDF editions, the JIL is the recognized professional source for announcements of full-time faculty positions available in the fields of English and foreign languages in North American colleges and universities. Access to search the JIL is free to all users. Listings primarily announce full-time academic job openings in postsecondary departments of English and foreign languages. The job openings range in rank from instructor to full professor and include faculty positions, administrative posts, vacancies abroad, and some opportunities for nonacademic employment.” NB: I’ve consulted the JIL and curated for this post a selection of what’s offered there—in particular, if listings duplicated those I’ve already posted in recent weeks, I’ve chosen not to include them [again] today. If you are seeking an academic job in creative writing, I highly recommend that you follow the JIL yourself.
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