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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).

  • Based in the UK, Shooter “publishes work in English by writers from anywhere in the world.” For its next issue, submissions “should relate to the theme New Life. As always, the theme is open to interpretation; in addition to the subject of birth, consider themes to do with renewal, invention and reinvention. ‘New Life’ might conjure starting over later in life; giving someone a chance at a critical time; rescuing animals or people, perhaps through adoption; second chances and opportunities that radically change someone’s circumstances. Non-fiction to do with trying to get pregnant, birth or parenting (from either a personal or political perspective) is particularly welcome. Poetry should incline to the observational rather than experimental end of the spectrum.” Deadline: November 5, 2017. Pays: “Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors whose work appears in the magazine will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.”
  • “Reminder: “New York Encounter is sponsoring its second annual poetry contest to celebrate the theme of its 2018 event, ‘An “Impossible” Unity.’ The Encounter is an annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City. It strives to witness to the new life and knowledge generated by the faith, following Pope Benedict’s claim that ‘the intelligence of faith has to become the intelligence of reality.’ The Encounter’s poetry contest invites all poets writing in English to submit up to 3 poems (maximum 40 lines each), related in some way to the theme.” Prizes: “Cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place poems. The winners will be invited to read their poems on the New York Encounter stage at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street during the 3-day festival which will take place January 12-14, 2018. Winners will also have the option of having their poems published on the NYE website after the reading.” Deadline: November 7, 2017. No entry fee.
  • ICYMI on Twitter: Robert Lee Brewer is looking for pitches for the next volumes of both Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market.
  • Understorey Magazine is a Canadian online magazine of literary writing and visual art. Submissions are open to writers and artists who identify as women and live in Canada (or are Canadian citizens living abroad).” Now receiving submissions for an issue on the theme of “blood” (deadline: February 28, 2018). Pays: “We offer a small honorarium ($30-$60) to writers and artists whose work is accepted for publication.”
  • Coming (VERY!) 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!
  • Here’s a job announcement that’s been drawing a lot of buzz: The New York Times is advertising for a Writer at Large, Travel.
  • The Poetry Project is hiring an Executive Director.
  • “New York City Ballet seeks a full-time Coordinator, Social Media to join a dynamic digital team within the Company’s Marketing & Media Department.”
  • The College Board [New York] seeks a Proofreader.
  • “Interlochen Center for the Arts [Michigan], one of America’s most prestigious institutions for arts education, public broadcasting, and fine arts presentations, seeks a Director to lead its Creative Writing program, a 12-month position providing leadership for two preeminent arts education programs: Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy. Position to be filled no later than June 1, 2018. The new Director will assume leadership of the Creative Writing program for the 2018 Summer Arts Camp season, which commences the last week of June.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Memphis seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in creative nonfiction writing, with a secondary strength in fiction writing or poetry writing. The position begins August 2018.”
  • “The Cedarville University [Ohio] Department of English, Literature, and Modern Languages invites applications for a tenure-track eligible position teaching composition, introductory literature courses, and creative writing. In particular, we seek a specialist in teaching poetry writing.”
  • The University of Scranton is advertising for an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & English, American, or Anglophone Literature (Tenure Track). “Teaching load will include poetry writing workshops, occasional advanced courses reflecting interests & specializations, & general-education writing & literature courses.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing-Poetry, secondary field open, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing and other areas, depending on secondary interests.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing-Fiction, secondary field open, to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in creative writing and other areas, depending on secondary interests.”
  • “The University of Florida invites applications for two tenure-track appointments in English at the rank of assistant professor, effective August 16, 2018.” Both positions appear to be for fiction specialists.
  • Ball State University (Indiana) is hiring an Assistant Professor, Fiction Writing.
  • The Department of English, Creative Writing, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate/Full Professor level…. Applicants must have a strong background in contemporary fiction and creative nonfiction and hold an MFA, Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree in creative writing or a related field. Substantial publications in two genres from major presses are required, with at least two book publications (one or more novels, story collections, or books of creative nonfiction). At least two books of fiction or nonfiction from major publishers or presses are required for applicants at the Associate level; for a more senior appointment a correspondingly larger body of work is required.”
  • From Whitworth University [Washington]: “We seek a non-tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor in creative writing-fiction, to begin Fall 2018. Must be a critically-engaged writer with a strong publication record, whose primary genre is fiction and/or alternative narrative forms, including, but not limited to experimental fiction, graphic fiction, digital arts, genre fiction, and translation. Teaching will include fiction writing (upper division), introduction to creative writing, first-year composition, and literature courses appropriate to preparation. Preference given to candidates prepared to teach US ethnic literatures or courses contributing to the women’s and gender studies program. May be asked to teach in Whitworth’s Core/Worldview Studies program.”
  • “Hanover College [Indiana] Department of English invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor (with the possibility of renewal) in Creative Writing with the ability to teach American Literature starting in August 2018….This position will support our Creative Writing minor and English major by teaching a 3-3-1 schedule that currently includes a fiction and poetry workshop; creative non-fiction workshop; sections of the college’s writing requirement; and upper-level American Literature courses to include African American and Minority Literature. The individual will also serve as advisor to the college’s literary magazine Kennings. Candidates are required to have their PhD or MFA in hand at the time of application.”
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    1. Anyone applying for the positions at University of Florida should be prepared to negotiate hard for a good starting salary. UF is notorious for giving no or miniscule raises to existing employees. There seems to be more leverage on the front end when first hired.

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