Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying 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).

  • Blue Mesa Review reopened for submissions earlier this month. (And, as they announced last year, they’re now a paying journal.)
  • Nonfiction and poetry submissions at Redivider are currently fee-free (and will remain so for the rest of this month). Payment: “Contributors receive two copies of the issue featuring their work and a $20 honorarium. We hope to increase this number in the future.” (via @GrubWriters)
  • Shared last week by Mensah Demary: “Now accepting narrative essays for @CatapultStory. Any form. Length up to 3,000 words. (Keep it brief.) We pay.”
  • Attention, Vermont residents! “Entries are being accepted for the Vermont Writers’ Prize, an annual competition sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine that provides an opportunity for Vermont writers to showcase their talent….The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. Entrants may be amateur or professional writers.” Prize: “The winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and will be published in a special section of the March/April 2017 edition of Vermont Magazine. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,500.” There is no entry fee. Deadline: November 1, 2017.
  • “The £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best eligible published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” There is no entry fee. Submission materials must be received (in Swansea, UK) by November 6, 2017. (Thanks to for the reminder about this one.)
  • For a new program cycle to launch in January 2018, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is seeking Public Artists in Residence (PAIRs) for: the NYC Department of Correction, specifically for Rikers Island; NYC Department of Probation; and NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Applicants must be New York City residents, eligible to work in the city, who are not currently enrolled in school. Pays: For each PAIR, DCLA appears to split the artist fee with the relevant partner agency, with the combined fee in each of the three settings “not to exceed $40,000.” There is no application fee, and the application deadline is November 12, 2017.
  • Coming soon: November’s issue of The Practicing Writer. As per usual, loads more no-fee, paying competitions and calls will be shared there. Not yet a subscriber? We have a link for that!
  • The National Park Service seeks a Writer (this position is located at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, Arizona). NB: Applications close October 25.
  • The Peace Corps (Washington) is looking for a Writer-Editor. NB: Applications close October 26.
  • Also in Arizona: “The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is seeking a Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for planning and organizing readings and talks through the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series, coordinating logistics for the conference NonfictioNOW, and other administrative and programmatic responsibilities as assigned. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in English literature, creative writing, or similar filed and three years related experience; a graduate degree in creative writing and experience planning conferences and literary events are preferred.” Applications close October 31.
  • “San Francisco State University, Department of Creative Writing, invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in fiction beginning August 2018. M.F.A. or equivalent in Creative Writing required. At least one novel or short story collection published.”
  • Position available at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for an Assistant Professor of English who will “teach M.A.- and Ph.D.-level courses in fiction and creative non-fiction; teach introductory and upper division courses in literature, composition, and creative writing.” “Desirable” qualifications include “any combination of the following teaching and scholarly interests: Filipinx or Filipinx-American literature; translation; any regional literature of the Pacific.”
  • “The Department of Literature, Journalism and Modern Languages at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, welcomes applications for two tenure-track positions in writing, with specializations in fiction and nonfiction, beginning August 2018. Both positions are open due to retirements.”
  • Heidelberg University (Ohio) seeks an Assistant Professor of English. “All full-time faculty members in the Department of English teach first-year writing, so training and experience in composition is essential. Courses taught may include basic writing, professional writing, creative writing, advanced poetry writing, advanced fiction writing, advanced creative non-fiction writing, and other courses as needed. Faculty member will also advise the Morpheus creative-writing magazine.”
  • “The English Department at Bates College [Maine] seeks an emerging poet and/or creative non-fiction writer for a one-year lectureship. Required qualifications include an MFA, one book of poetry or creative non-fiction with a nationally-recognized press, additional publications in the secondary genre, and at least two years of undergraduate-level teaching experience by the time of appointment.”
  • “Centenary College of Louisiana invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in English, beginning August 2018….
    Candidates should be prepared to teach workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, as well as have experience in teaching literature and First Year writing classes.”
  • Berry College (Georgia) is looking for a Visiting Assistant Professor: “The successful candidate will teach courses in fiction and creative non-fiction in our Creative Writing major; the ability to teach a course in Young Adult Literature for majors across the curriculum including Education, English, and Creative Writing is desirable.”
  • Colby College [Maine] is also hiring a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing: “We seek a passionate teacher and writer of poetry with interest and publications in a second genre to join a thriving English major with concentrations in creative writing for both majors and minors.”
  • “Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina invites distinguished nonfiction writers to apply for a one semester, non-renewable professorship, the McGee Professor of Writing, for appointment in the spring of 2019.”