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).

  • Planned Parenthood is seeking submissions of 1-7 poems from the general public regarding the theme: ‘What it Means To Have a Voice: reclaiming power and agency in the face of sexual harassment/assault, misogyny, sex trafficking, rape culture, and gender-based discrimination.’ Accepted poems will be published and highly publicized as an online folio for the 45th anniversary of the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. This digital folio will be a space in which marginalized folx can reclaim their agency, reflect on social progress, and offer insight into their hopes for the future through the art of writing.” There is no submission fee. Pays: “All accepted poets will be paid $10 as compensation for donating their pieces to us.” Deadline: January 12, 2018.
  • Brick Road Press is open to book-length poetry-manuscript submissions (75-100 pages) until January 15. NB: “Although we publish poets from anywhere in the world, one of our passions is publishing and promoting the outstanding and emerging poets of the states of Georgia and Alabama.” No entry fee for these general submissions. (Thanks for for the tip.)
  • Introducing the Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program: “In honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of James Baldwin, the France-based nonprofit association Les Amis de la Maison Baldwin announces plans to award to an emerging writer a one-month fellowship in Saint-Paul de Vence, the village on the Cote d’Azur where for 17 years Baldwin made his home. The first Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence will be offered a house in the village center for the month of April 2018. The property, which is home to our Welcome Center, features a 3rd-floor bedroom suite with a sunny terrace overlooking the tiled roofs of the village and the valley beyond. The resident writer will also be provided a private writing studio and a full kitchen, stocked and replenished for breakfast. Daily lunch or dinner will be offered to the resident writer through partnerships with local restaurants and host families. The award does not cover travel expenses to and from Saint Paul.” Eligibility: “Emerging writers in English of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and theater, the genres in which Baldwin worked. For our purposes, emerging writers are defined as those with a solid history of publication or literary recognition but with no more than one published book or theatrical production. The resident will be selected by an independent panel of established authors, who will look especially for writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin. During their stay, the selected writer-in-residence will be asked to contribute to the literary culture of Saint Paul de Vence by offering a community event. This may include giving a reading, teaching a workshop, or designing some other creative public program. He or she is also asked to volunteer one afternoon per week greeting the public in our Welcome Center.” There is no application fee. Deadline: January 15, 2018.
  • From SPACE Studios in Portland, Maine: “The SPACE residency program provides a unique working environment for emerging and mid-career artists seeking support for their practice. Visual artists, filmmakers/media artists, writers, sound artists, collaborative groups and curators who are not currently enrolled in an academic program and live outside of Maine are eligible to apply. A civically and socially engaged arts organization, SPACE strongly encourages artists who understand themselves as being outside the privilege of heteronormative, white-centric identity to apply. Preference will be given to artists whose practices engage with contemporary issues and socially relevant concepts. In February of 2018, several artists will be selected for residencies lasting between two to four weeks, depending on the amount of time each project necessitates. Each resident is offered housing and 24-hour access to a private studio and living space. Additionally, each artist will be awarded a stipend. Other resources such as projectors, a/v equipment, hardware and tools are made available upon reasonable request. Residents are also granted free access to all SPACE programs (films, concerts, community forums etc.) during their stay. While in residence at SPACE, visiting artists are expected to make the most of their self-directed schedule. They are required to be involved with at least one public engagement program that connects their work to the community, which can take the form of an artist talk, a performance, a reading or other comparable event.” No application fee. Deadline: January 28, 2018.
  • “Since 2012, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize has been awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. ‘Place’ may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape. Like everything else we feature, we are most on the lookout for that rare combination of brilliance and clarity, excellence, and accessibility….The winning poet in 2018, as judged by the Zócalo staff, will receive $500, a published interview, and deliver a public reading of the winning poem at our annual Book Prize award ceremony in Los Angeles.” No entry fee. Deadline: February 2, 2018.
  • Publishers Weekly, the leading b2b news & reviews platform servicing the publishing industry, is seeking a Nonfiction Reviews Editor with impeccable editing and writing skills. Under the direction of the Executive Editor, this individual will primarily be responsible for assigning and editing concise, 200-word reviews of pre-publication nonfiction books for PW in print and on the web, assigning and editing author interviews, and contributing to our twice-yearly announcements issues and other features.” This job is located in New York.
  • Also in New York: the Junior Library Guild is advertising for an Editorial Assistant.
  • “Wesleyan University’s Shapiro Writing Center, in conjunction with the Department of English concentration in Creative Writing, invites applications for an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Creative Writing beginning September 1, 2018. Field of specialization is multi-genre. This is a 9-month position, for an initial three-year term, with the possibility of renewal and promotion, based on teaching and record of publication.”
  • Southern New Hampshire University is looking for online adjunct instructors for its MFA program.
  • From Colorado State University: “The Department of English hires Instructors in Composition, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, and Pedagogy from an applicant pool. Such instructors are hired for one semester or for the academic year. The teaching load for instructors is 1-4 sections each semester. Typically, instructors will teach College Composition, and a range of other composition and lower-division English classes. Instructors will be expected to meet departmental objectives for the courses they teach.”