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).

I know that today is Christmas—it’s also the last day I’ll be posting for awhile. So let me again wish a merry holiday to those who are celebrating. And I’ll see you all back here a few days into the new year.

  • The Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities “will be awarded to the best monograph submitted to the Press in the broad field of environmental humanities. To compete for this award, manuscripts must emphasize interdisciplinary investigations of the natural and human environments and their fundamental interconnectedness, research in primary and secondary sources, and high quality writing in the tradition of Wallace Stegner. Preference will be given to projects that discuss issues related to the American West. We welcome book-length manuscripts that emphasize narrative form and draw on the humanities, as well as the particular methods and perspectives of history, geography, natural history, environmental science, creative nonfiction, or related disciplines to consider environmental subjects, broadly defined. These criteria reflect the legacy of Wallace Stegner as a student of the American West, as a spokesman for the environment, and as a teacher of creative writing. The winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize will receive a $5,000 award and a publication contract with the University of Utah Press.” Deadline: December 30, 2017. There is no entry fee. NB: “Submission deadlines are in odd-numbered years.”
  • The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction.” NB: “Books must be written in English and published and copyrighted in 2017 to be eligible for the 2018 prize.” Pays: “Award recipients traditionally receive $10,000 from the Anisfield-Wolf fund.” Deadline: December 31, 2017. There is no entry fee.
  • Are you a poet who lives in the DC Metro area? Check out the Moving Words Poetry Competition: “Six winning poems will be displayed inside Arlington Transit’s ART Buses for three months between April and September 2018 where they will be seen by thousands of riders. Each winner will also receive a $250 honorarium and will be invited to give a public reading of their work in April 2018. Winning poems will be also posted on this site and will be archived on the website.” The theme for this year’s submissions is “Ripped from the Headlines.” Deadline: January 12, 2018. There is no entry fee. (via
  • Also in the DC metro area: The National Trust for Historic Preservation is looking for an editorial intern who “will assist the Marketing Department’s Editorial Team in writing, editing, researching, fact-checking, and publishing a wide variety of digital and print content. Outlets include the website and Preservation magazine….For this internship, the National Trust is offering a stipend of $1,000/month to help offset expenses. The internship will last for up to 6 months from the start date, and offers some flexibility of schedule, Monday-Friday.”
  • 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.” Pays: “One contributor copy, plus $10 for writers based in USA.” NB: “International writers receive two copies.” There is no fee to submit. Deadline: January 15, 2018.
  • Although I won’t be posting here on the blog for a bit, there will be a January issue of The Practicing Writer going out to subscribers right on schedule. As usual, it will be filled with more opportunities for writers that don’t charge fees AND pay for winning/accepted work. Be sure to subscribe, if you haven’t already!
  • From Culture Trip: “We are looking for an ambitious and experienced professional based in our New York office to join our team of Genre Editors as a Books Editor. In partnership with the UK Books Editor, the ideal candidate will demonstrate a proactive, adaptable, and entrepreneurial spirit in their personal, independent, and collaborative work.
  • Outside magazine (Santa Fe, New Mexico) “is seeking a full-time editorial assistant to join the social media team.” They’re also looking for an assistant [gear] reviews editor.
  • California Poets in the Schools (San Francisco) seeks an Executive Director.
  • “Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, an undergraduate college of The New School [New York] invites applications for an Assistant Professor with a concentration in Fiction, on the tenure track, in the Department of Literary Studies.”
  • “The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a Full-Time Lecturer position in Creative Writing within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. This position requires a strong record of teaching excellence in poetry writing and first year composition that demonstrates the ability to work with underrepresented students in developing their voice through the use of innovative pedagogies in writing. Additional experience teaching creative nonfiction is preferred. Successful candidates will also have experience working with literary journals. Experience teaching courses on spoken word poetry, the military experience and/or literary editing & publishing is a plus.”
  • 7 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Clive Collins says:

      Happy holidays to you, too, Erika, and thank you for yet another year of inspiration and help to the international writing community.



      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thank you, Clive!

    2. Jill Clark says:

      Thank you Erika for keeping us informed!

      Have a wonderful New Ya

      1. Jill Clark says:

        And a New Year, too! lol

        1. Erika Dreifus says:

          Thank you!

    3. Gargi says:

      Wishing you happy holidays and a Happy New Year in advance! Thank you for all that you do for writers.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thank you, Gargi!

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