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).

  • Hidden Compass is an online, quarterly travel magazine that encourages the deep exploration of a destination through powerful storytelling. We believe that some of the most fascinating stories are the ones that bridge the gap between travel and other disciplines (e.g., science, history, and art). If you have an original, compelling and true story — told in words, photos or both — that pushes the travel genre and delves into the spirit, culture, history, ecology, perils or residents of a place, Hidden Compass might be the perfect home for it.” Check the guidelines for details on numerous departments. Pays: “Feature stories and feature photo-essays: $300. Stories and photo essays in other departments: $200. We are buying first rights to all stories and photos that we publish. If you have previously published your stories or photographs elsewhere, please do not submit them. Exceptions can be made for historical photographs when appropriate. If we source photos to accompany a story we already have, we pay $50-75 per photo.”
  • The current LitMag submissions window will close on November 30. Pays: “Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem, a group of short poems, or (the rare) short short. LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250.”
  • Applications for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Fellowship remain open until November 30. “The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be inspired by living in one of Europe’s oldest cities [Cork, Ireland] with a well-developed cultural infrastructure and a thriving literary community. The successful fellow would receive a monthly stipend of €2500, totalling €7,500 and self-catering accommodation. The costs of travel to and from Cork would also be covered.” NB: “The Short Story Fellow must have at least two full-length works of fiction published, of which at least one must be a short story collection. The successful candidate will be a writer respected by peers with experience in the coaching or teaching of other writers either through workshops and/or mentoring inside or outside a formal academic setting.” There is no application fee.
  • For the first annual “Geo-Lit” Writing Contest, entrants “are asked to submit short stories between 500 words and 1500 words set at a real location in New York City.” There will be a $100 prize and a $50 prize. “The stories can be in any style and all the finalists will be published in Literary Manhattan’s unique geo-library for stories meant to be read where they are set.” There is no entry fee, and the deadline is December 1, 2017.
  • Resident in the U.K.? You may want to look into the Royal Society of Literature’s new Literature Matters Awards, which “will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project. Priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters.” Pays: “The judges may give as many awards of whatever amounts they feel appropriate within the available budget. In 2018, we expect the available budget to be around £20,000, and we envisage making no more than six awards.” There is no application fee, and the deadline is December 4, 2017.
  • Atlas Obscura is hiring a new Editorial Fellow to join our team and craft original content about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. You’ll write short daily articles as well as longer, more deeply reported pieces. This entry-level position is paid, and lasts six months, from a start date of January 2, 2018. It is based in our offices in Brooklyn, New York.”
  • Maria’s Bookshop (Durango, Colorado) is looking for a Community Relations Manager.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington) seeks a Public Affairs Specialist (Writer/Editor).
  • “The College of the Holy Cross seeks applications for its Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters. Candidates should be dedicated teachers and creative writers with a distinguished publication record in any genre. Although the Jenks Chair is located in the Department of English, we especially welcome candidates whose work engages questions of diversity and extends across disciplines.”
  • “The Department of English at Eastern Illinois University invites applicants for a full-time instructor/annually-contracted position in Creative Writing, Fiction and/or Poetry starting Fall 2018. Full benefits and possibility of renewal. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.”
  • 3 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Gabi says:

      Hi Erika,

      Thanks for this week’s round-up. Quick question— why is the Atlas Obscura job crossed out?

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Because when I clicked on the link again about an hour ago there was a note indicating that the job is no longer open to applications.

        1. Gabi says:

          Ah, too bad. Thanks so much!

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