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).

  • February ends this week, which means that the March issue of The Practicing Writer is almost ready to go out! Subscribers get first access to all of the fee-free, paying competitions and calls that are packed into each issue.
  • “The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an annual award for adventure writing….This award is split into two separate categories – a prize for the best published adventure novel and a prize for the best unpublished manuscript by a debut author submitted for consideration. The Best Published Novel category will accept entries published between 1st January 2017 and 30th April 2018. Proof copies will be accepted. The winner of the prize will receive £15,000. The winner of the prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript will receive the Writer’s Adventure Research Award. This award is an exceptional opportunity in the form of a £7,500 grant allocated for the winner to travel to undertake research for their next story. They will also be offered a mentoring relationship with Wilbur Smith’s agents at Tibor Jones & Associates.” NB: “The competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English.” Deadline: March 12, 2018. No entry fee.
  • The Philadelphia Writers’ Contest (PWC) is offering a fee-free competition that awards a prize of a 50% discount “on the cost of the standard 2018 PWC tuition, excluding Master Classes and dinner events. (That’s a $175 value!)”; also included is “the only featured slot in our annual open mic reading.” To enter this competition, follow the rules for the “Spring will Spring” challenge as explained here. Deadline: March 15, 2018.
  • From the UK: “MARGŌ COLLECTIVE is open…to submissions for the anthology Chains: Unheard Voices. In honour of the centenary of the women’s vote, we’re launching an open call for short stories exploring the idea of chains. A hundred years ago women were chaining themselves to the grille partition that kept them separate and ‘out of the way’ at the House of Commons. So, in light of this, we want to read compelling interpretations on the theme of chains from the unheard voices of today. We’re hungry for your stories on the theme of chains in whatever capacity that might be. Whether it’s your gender, age, location, race, sexuality, we want to expose the truth of your individual worlds. Winning stories will be published in an anthology and each author will receive a flat fee.” Deadline: March 29, 2018.
  • “The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists and a grant resource. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art in re-forging the links between spirit, earth and society, for art and its makers create the space for changing minds and the world. With this in mind, BEI endeavors to bring together a group of artists who are activists, whether in their own fields or in general causes, to foment change.” The current call for new fellows offers many more details, including information on stipends. Applicants’ letters of intent must be received by April 15, 2018. There is no application fee indicated.
  • Canadian publication The Capilano Review is looking to hire a dynamic Managing Editor, beginning June 15th, 2018 for a one-year maternity leave coverage. Annual salary: $28,000 for part-time status (24 hours/week), with flexibility to work from home.”
  • “The Boston Globe seeks an exceptional art critic for its award-winning arts and entertainment department. The right candidate is deeply knowledgeable, ambitious, and passionate about the visual arts, able to generate ideas that will attract readers both in print and online. Creative energy, high standards, and superb writing skills are a must. Three years’ experience as an art critic for a major newspaper or magazine is required, and ability to illuminate how the visual arts connect with other subjects across the cultural landscape is especially welcome. Candidates should also be adept at social media, with a knowledge of how to promote their work and engage an audience.”
  • An experienced reporter is sought to write articles for the campus newspaper that covers news of interest to staff and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. The University Times serves the campus by reporting news in the areas of shared governance, research, teaching, and instruction and intellectual activities, as well as national, state and metropolitan topics concerning higher education that has bearing on Pitt and its community. The University Times covers the activities and meetings of the deliberative bodies of the University, including the Board of Trustees, the University Senate and its committees, and the Staff Council. Other content includes coverage of faculty announcements, appointments and promotions, honors, and program and organizational change.”
  • “The College of Arts and Sciences at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, seeks a visiting writer for the academic year of 2018-2019. This is a part time sabbatical replacement position, which includes a salary and support for presenting original work, but does not include fringe benefits. This position will entail teaching two sections of composition in the fall, creative writing courses in poetry and fiction in the spring, and working with students involved in the production of our literary magazine, Eclipse during both semesters.”
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