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).

  • “Red Giant Books and United Labor Agency announce a joint publishing project: an anthology of writing and art centered on the theme of ‘working.’ We all work or have worked. We often spend more waking hours at work than any other activity. We’ve been employees or we’ve employed people. We’ve spent time looking for work, thinking about work, or trying to avoid work. Some work is disappearing and some has been evolving. We worry as a society if we will have enough work or if we have the qualifications to fill the jobs to come. We define ourselves by the work we do or the work we’ve lost. Our thesis for the project is an assumption that a small collection of writers and artists must have something compelling to say about this concept. We want to know what is happening in the offices, factories and shops from those who are working for a living or even thinking about what it means to work for a living.” They are looking for “fiction, non-fiction, essays, memoir, poetry, photography, comics and art” and will consider previously published submissions. Pays: “$100.00 per poem, $100.00 per photo or art reproduction, $250.00 for prose piece up to approximately 5,000 words. $500.00 for prose piece approximately 5,000 to 10,000. Works over 10,000 words will be considered and payment will be $600.00. In addition, each contributor will get one free copy of the anthology.” Deadline: January 2, 2018.Update: The Submittable page now seems to indicate that there are no open submissions.
  • Southern Fried Karma’s latest publishing venture creates opportunities for authors and artists to have their work featured in our literary zine, The New Southern Fugitives.” Pays: $60 for fiction and creative non-fiction; $25 for poetry; $25 for photography and visual art. “Each Wednesday, The New Southern Fugitives features a blog post alongside a piece of prose or poetry, and photography or visual art. If you’re interested in submitting your work to us for consideration, whether you’re an emerging or widely published author or artist, we encourage you to read a few of our issues (they’re free!), and then check out our submissions guidelines.”
  • Via @MeghaMaj on Twitter: “Submit submit! I’m looking for researched essays for @CatapultStory—social justice, arts, science, technology and futures, food, and places, incl. from international writers and esp. from women and POC, as always (we pay).”
  • From Jane Friedman: “For the next AWP annual conference in Tampa, I’m assembling a team of writers who will help me cover the show from the perspective of business, money, and writing income. We’ll be attending specific, business-oriented sessions, walking the Bookfair exhibits, and talking to a range of attendees/speakers to pull out the most helpful information and advice as it relates to making a living from one’s writing. If you’re planning to be at AWP and are enthusiastic about the topic of writing and money, I’d love to hear from you. You will be paid if you become part of the team.”
  • Pitches welcome for an “Unreading” appearance with the Butler University MFA program in Indianapolis. “Imagine yourself in a room full of enthusiastic readers and writing students. For the next hour or so, they are in your hands. You can do whatever you want—teach us, incite a conversation, illuminate the exciting possibilities of literature—as long as you don’t give a straight reading. So what will you do? Pitch us your innovative answer. If we select your pitch, we’ll pay for your travel, room and board, and give you a small honorarium. But most importantly, we’ll give you that room, those readers, and that electric hour.” No application fee. Deadline: January 31, 2018.
  • “The Cleveland State University Poetry Center is accepting applications for the Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship in Writing & Publishing, a two-year post-graduate fellowship that offers an emerging writer time to work toward a first or second book and an opportunity to gain experience in editing, publishing, literary programming, and outreach in collaboration with the staff of the CSU Poetry Center….The fellowship will encompass two academic-year (9-month) residencies of 30 hours per week, divided between writing, work at the CSU Poetry Center, and an outreach project of the fellow’s own design. Poetry Center work will include reviewing submissions, attending editorial meetings, and assisting with Center contests. Possible outreach projects include (but are not limited to) developing an anthology incorporating authors from an underrepresented community; organizing community writing workshops; developing a reading series to engage previously underserved communities; or working with a local organization involved in education, social justice, and the literary arts. The project should be designed and completed in the two years in which the Fellow is residence. It is expected that this work will further engage an already enthusiastic writing community at Cleveland State University and throughout Cleveland. Additional professional development opportunities for the Fellow will include participation in Cleveland Book Week and public readings of their work for the Cleveland literary community. This fellowship is named for and supported by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that promotes equity and social justice and are administered through the Cleveland Foundation. Through the creation of this fellowship, Anisfield-Wolf and the CSU Poetry Center hope to support writers from backgrounds and with perspectives historically underrepresented in publishing and creative writing programming. By providing editorial experience and opportunities at a literary press, the fellowship also aims to help address the longstanding lack of diversity in the U.S. publishing workforce.”
  • The Paris Review is receiving applications for the position of Editor.
  • The Yale Review is also searching for an Editor.
  • “WNET’s forthcoming ALL ARTS network is a cable channel and digital, on-demand platform presenting world-class cultural content, highlighting younger, emerging and diverse art and artists, and re-framing more traditional art so that it is accessible and relatable to a younger generation. A new opportunity is available for an Online Editor to join our team. The Online Editor will assist in building an online community around ALL ARTS, helping to maintain editorial quality and consistency across media platforms, driving increased traffic and brand visibility. The Online Editor assists in implementing the editorial strategy for ALL ARTS and contributes to editorial updates, including social media accounts, website, e-newsletter and OTT apps.” This job is located in midtown Manhattan.
  • Part-time, temporary position with the National Book Foundation: “The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking a part-time project coordinator for a new grant-funded initiative, Raising Readers. This partnership with the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) aims to ignite or reignite a love of reading among two constituencies served by the DYCD: 1) out-of-school time provider staff, through a series of professional development training sessions; 2) parents/guardians, through reading circles, author talks, family events, and book giveaways. Raising Readers will empower adults who work with and raise children to better model the habit reading for pleasure with the young people in their lives while simultaneously expanding their own love of books and reading.”
  • Part-time job with the Book Club of California: “The Programs & Publications Coordinator works collaboratively with the Executive Director and the Programs Committee to identify, develop and execute programs including talks, exhibitions, field trips, and book-related events for the club membership and public audiences; produce and develop publicity and marketing materials; and generate revenue from programs and events. From beginning to end, the Programs & Publications Coordinator supports projects by working with volunteers, staff, members, and vendors. The Programs & Publications Coordinator is a non-exempt, part-time (24 hours/week) position with standard hours, typically Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-5pm. On Monday evenings with public programs the hours would be 12pm-8pm. Additional evening or weekend hours may be added based on committee meetings and other activities. Compensation: $20-25/hour DOE.”
  • “Drew University [New Jersey] 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.”
  • Another Assistant Professor position: “The Department of English & Rhetoric at Georgia College invites applications for a distinguished poet to teach in the Creative Writing Program. This is a tenure track position, requiring: an MFA or Ph.D. by time of employment; at least one book of poetry and critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation; demonstrated knowledge of African American or Latin American literary traditions; and evidence of outstanding teaching. Teaching opportunities include courses in creative writing and literature. Teaching duties will vary but include graduate level poetry workshops and undergraduate creative writing and literature classes, serving as faculty poetry editor for the university’s journal, Arts & Letters, and advising graduate theses. Additionally, there will be the expectation of developing a new course in the faculty member’s area of expertise.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Cathy says:

      The Working Anthology seems to be open. There is a Facebook event and it says you can submit via email to until January 2.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Okay, thanks for the update.

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