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).

  • “The Creative Nonfiction Standing Group of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in partnership with Writing on the Edge announces the 2018 Donald Murray Prize for creative nonfiction. We are seeking original, unpublished works of creative nonfiction with a preference for essays on writing, teaching, and teaching writing, but will consider quality entries on any subject, including topics related to social justice, civic action, and inequality. This prize was first established at CCCC in 2002 in honor of Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, professor, and author of numerous books and influential articles on writing and the teaching of writing. Entries will be judged by members of the CNF Standing Group and the editors of Writing on the Edge. Peter Elbow will serve as final judge.
    The winner will receive $300 in the form of an AMEX gift card and publication in the Spring 2018 issue of Writing on the Edge. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal.” No entry fee. Deadline: December 1, 2017.
  • The Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award will be granted to an LGBTQ writer who has shown exceptional talent and the potential for continued literary success and significance in the future. This award includes a cash prize of $1,500.” Writers may self-nominate. No entry fee. Deadline: December 5, 2017 (via
  • Ouen Press is running a Short Story Competition on the theme of “Taste.” First prize: £300; two runners-up: £100 apiece. No entry fee. Deadline: December 31, 2017.
  • Coming this week: the December issue of The Practicing Writer. As always, it will be packed with still more no-fee competitions and calls for work that also pay writers! It’s never to late to subscribe to our free newsletter!
  • great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies.” Payment: “one contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA. International writers receive two copies.” Deadline: January 15, 2018.
  • Reminder from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP): “Essays on academic careers & nonacademic careers for writers appear in the Career Advice section of our website. Career Advice publishes articles about academia and job opportunities for MFA graduates. We are always seeking well-researched articles regarding opportunities for our members to succeed in the corporate or nonprofit sectors. Payment rates are the same as those of the Writer’s Chronicle ($18/100 words). These articles should not run longer than 3,000 words, and they should include the elements of good investigative reporting. They should not rely on personal anecdotes alone.”
  • “The University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is seeking a half-time Librarian for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This position serves as the Librarian and Library Outreach Specialist for the Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives as well as the Frank Conroy Reading Room in the Creative Writing Department.”
  • “The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is seeking a full-time Director of Public Programs to join its small but growing team.” (The same organization is also looking for an Awards and Relationships Manager.)
  • The team at Book of the Month Club is looking for a (temporary) brand copywriter in New York.
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) “now seeks an Associate Editor to help edit articles, write news reports, and publish the association’s many projects in print and on the web. The Associate Editor reports to AWP’s Director of Publications. Duties include: identifying literary and intellectual currents to shape timely content, soliciting articles for publication, research and writing of news articles, copyediting a wide array of projects, coordination of literary award competitions, and layout and design of publishing projects….This position would be ideal for a team-oriented person with a love for contemporary literature, higher education, and creative writing.” Job location: College Park, Maryland.
  • Center for Community Change [Washington] is “looking for an experienced writing coach to work with a senior level staffperson on business writing, persuasive writing – for both internal and external audiences. Experience in social justice organizational settings and with bilingual speakers is preferred.”
  • “The Baruch College Writing Center (City University of New York) anticipates openings for 2-3 professional writing consultants to join our engaged staff of writers and teachers for the Spring 2018 semester. The priority deadline is December 4, with the hopes of scheduling interviews before the winter break. We understand that this only leaves a few weeks, though, and we’ll continue to review all applications until the positions are filled.”
  • “The Department of English at Kutztown University [Pennsylvania] invites applications for a tenure-track position with an emphasis in poetry writing and creative writing beginning Fall 2018.”
  • “Drew University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing – Poetry. Teaching load to include creative writing workshops and literature courses, as well as co-direction of the Creative Writing emphasis of the English Major and the Writers@Drew reading series.”
  • “The Department of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College invites applications for a part-time three-year position in Creative Writing beginning in Fall 2018. The successful candidate will join a thriving undergraduate Creative Writing program at a liberal arts college that has long been committed to promoting creative writing, hosting the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and The New England Review. Responsibilities will include teaching fiction and/or non-fiction workshops, as well as literature courses, along with advising senior thesis students and other forms of college service. The faculty member appointed will teach two courses per year and a one-month long January term course every other year. The contract may be renewable upon administrative approval.”