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).

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  • March ends SOON, which means that the April 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.
  • From Parks & Points: “In April, we will host an online poetry series in honor of National Poetry Month. We invite poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection.” Pays: “We will offer an honorarium of $10 per poem.” Deadline: March 30, 2018.
  • The Rush is a literary magazine edited by the graduate students at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. We seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life. We’re delighted to be able to pay writers.” They’re open for submissions until April 15 and, as with everything else I’m listing here, they do not charge writers fees to send in work.
  • The Forge Literary Magazine publishes one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors….We prefer stories below 3,000 words but will consider work of rare quality up to 5,000 words. We love flash and micro prose. Please send one previously unpublished piece per category and wait to hear from us before submitting another. Reprints are by solicitation only. Literary excellence is our only criteria. We are open to all genres and voices, and stories with any background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual and personal identity from all over the world.”(You can also check out the current editors’ “wishlists.”) Pays: “We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50”; contributors outside the U.S. are paid via Paypal.
  • Attention, Houstonians: express grants from the Houston Arts Alliance “are designed to encourage artists and creative individuals to take creative risks that may not qualify for more traditional funding opportunities. Awards will support innovative ideas that redefine artistic boundaries, reshape the conversation about art and art experiences, and/or establish unique opportunities to experience art.” There are four deadlines per year (the next one is July 2, 2018). Maximum grant: $2,500.
  • From One Story: “We’re seeking energetic, inspired interns to join our team for the summer. Interns will gain experience in all aspects of a small non-profit literary publisher, including reading submissions, assisting with educational programming, helping out at events (including our annual summer writers conference), social media, and more. This position requires a 3-day a week commitment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in our Brooklyn office. Applicants should be current students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or expect to graduate in spring 2018. We offer a modest stipend.”
  • “The Wall Street Journal seeks an experienced writer for its popular 10-Point newsletter. The right candidate will work directly with editor-in-chief Gerard Baker to distill our best scoops and stories into an engaging daily must-read for a loyal subscriber audience. We’re looking for a creative self-starter who can work with minimal supervision to prepare the newsletter for early-morning publication and look for opportunities to grow its audience.” This position is located in New York.
  • Position in New Jersey: “The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing is seeking a dynamic and supportive Program Associate to work closely with the Faculty Director, Lewis Center Executive Director, and additional colleagues to provide administrative support to the extraordinary poets and writers on faculty at Princeton University. This individual serves as the central point of contact for faculty, students, staff, and visitors while overseeing the day to day operations of the Creative Writing program. The Program Associate works within the academic context as a liaison with the field of contemporary literature and is a key contact for visitors including world-class poets, novelists, and translators. The Program Associate is the lead support for two reading series that bring in between 12 and 16 visiting writers annually and the main contact for all visiting faculty.”
  • In Northampton, Massachusetts, “Orion magazine, a nonprofit quarterly publication about nature and culture, seeks a Features Editor to join our creative and hard-working team.”
  • The University of California, San Diego is looking for a Lecturer, Creative Writing.
  • “The English Department at Illinois College invites applicants for a one-year full time Instructor (if M.A.) or Visiting Assistant Professor (if Ph.D. or M.F.A.) beginning Fall 2018. Strong preference for background and interest in teaching creative writing. The position will teach two sections of Principles of Writing (first-year college writing) each semester and one additional course. Likely courses are Introduction to Creative Writing and an upper-level poetry workshop. Other courses possible depending on expertise of successful candidate. A record of demonstrated success in teaching composition required; publication in poetry preferred.”