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).

  • LOTS of fresh info on current/upcoming contests and calls will be included in the February issue of The Practicing Writer, which will go out to subscribers midweek. It’s never too late to subscribe to this free resource!
  • The Lascaux Review accepts stories, poems, and essays of literary quality. Pieces that are comprehensible and that appeal to a broad audience are most likely to be accepted. We consider previously published material and we assume all submissions are simultaneous.” Pays: “Payment is $100 per published story, poem (or group of poems), and essay.” (I know that I’ve shared this before, but when I caught a recent mention via @Duotrope, I figured it was worth another mention.)
  • St. Anthony Messenger, published by Franciscan Media, is a Catholic monthly magazine in continuous print since 1893. We seek to promote deeper faith, stronger family life, good citizenship, and greater economic justice—all in the spirit of St. Francis.” They consider fiction submissions and “pay 20 cents a word on acceptance for first worldwide serial rights. We do not publish reprints or stories simultaneously submitted to other publications.” For poetry, their needs are “limited”; they pay “$2 per line for each poem purchased—and no less than $20.”
  • Atlanta’s White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails (WOKC) is offering a Prize in Southern Poetry. Entries must be poetry on the topic of “faith.” Eligible poets must “currently reside in and have had residency in one of the following states for a minimum of 12 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.” NB: “Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible.” Poems must run no longer than 40 lines. Note also: “All poems submitted will become the property of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and can be published without further approval of author.” Prize includes $1,500; the winning poem will also be published on the WOKC Valentine’s Day Menu. There is no entry fee. Deadline: “Manuscripts must be received prior to February 4, 2018. (Thanks to for the tip on this one.)
  • Applications are currently invited for “five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry, both fiction and nonfiction.” Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age; living within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop; and currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program.” There is no application fee. Deadline: February 9, 2018.
  • Spring-semester applications for the Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship, offering $1,000 toward educational expenses, are due by February 18, 2018. NB: “Your application must include the first chapter (1,500 to 7,500 words) of an original novel you are currently writing, or have written but not yet published.” Applicants must be United States, Canada or Australia Citizens or Permanent Residents and must be “accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States, Canada or Australia.” There is no application fee.
  • “Wild Salmon Center, an international organization working to protect the Pacific’s salmon strongholds, seeks a strong writer and content creator to work part-time in our Portland, OR office. This person will work with our communications team to develop content for our organization and our partner campaigns, and work with our regional partners to post content across digital channels.” Pays: “Salary starts at $25,000” for this half-time position.
  • In New York, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) “seeks a part-time, in-office Communications Manager to join our small and dynamic team. This single position reports to the Executive Director, manages and produces content for CLMP’s social media platforms and website, and works collaboratively with CLMP staff.” Pays: “The position is part-time at approximately two days/week, paid at the rate of $25/hour, includes access to TransitChek and has the option to contribute to a 403(b) retirement plan.”
  • “Slate is looking for a staff writer—a standout voice whose prose crackles with verve and insight. We will consider applicants who write on any of our key subjects: politics, culture, technology, or business. You could be an expert on presidential polling, the economics of television, tech regulation, or the breeding habits of emus. (Probably not the emu thing. But who knows!) This is a rare opportunity to be a star writer at an institution that knows how to develop and showcase them. Our only requirements are that you have an unsurpassed ability to make what you’re interested in interesting to readers and that you are hungry to be the definitive voice in your area of coverage. This post is open for all regions.”
  • Smith College (Massachusetts) is hiring a Poetry Center Director. (via Stanza)
  • “The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Creative Writing beginning August 16, 2018. The fellowship salary is $53,000 for the academic year, plus benefits and a research stipend. The fellowship recipient must have received a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing within five years prior to the start of the appointment. We are seeking applicants working at the intersections of prose narrative and new media. The ideal candidate will have emerging expertise in one or more of the following areas: digital literary arts, video essays, interactive fiction or nonfiction, graphic narrative, or other avenues of electronic artistic production.”
  • “The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in creative writing-poetry. The Department of English has 34 full-time faculty members in creative writing, literature, linguistics, composition and rhetoric, and professional writing and we offer a full range of academic programs (B.A., M.A., M.A. in Professional Writing and Editing, M.F.A., and Ph.D.). The teaching load is 2-2 with teaching opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
  • St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) is looking for an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing-Poetry. This is not a tenure-track position.
  • “Wilson College [Pennsylvania] is seeking applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Instructor of English. The main area of emphasis for this position is Poetry, teaching coursework in both creative writing and introductory and survey-level literature. The successful candidate will also teach first-year composition, media writing, and will act as the College’s Student Media Advisor. Two years of college-level teaching required. Record of creative publication required. Ph.D. preferred, MFA satisfactory.”