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).
The April issue of The Practicing Writer has already gone out to subscribers. Subscribers get first access to all of the fee-free, paying competitions and calls that are packed into each issue (and each newsletter lists at least 20 such opportunities). The issue remains online until it’s replaced by the next month’s edition.
The Sustainable Societies Short Story Competition from the U.K.’s University of Wolverhampton is “looking for short stories – up to 3,500 words – that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. We will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of sustainable practices and/or societies. Most stories set in the future are dystopian – they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Sustainable Societies website to write your story. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.” There’s no fee to enter and cash prizes will be awarded (1st Prize: £200; 2nd Prize [by a student]: £50; 2nd Prize [all eligible]: £50). You’ll find lots more information/suggested directions for stories on the website. Deadline: April 19, 2018, 10 pm GMT.
Shared by Kaitlin Menza on Twitter: “Hello there! I’m editing features for @cosmopolitan this spring and we are looking for pitches. Please send ideas for reported features and personal essays to me at kmenza(at)hearst(dot)com.”
Cornell College [Iowa], a private undergraduate liberal arts college, “invites applications for a two-year fellowship appointment. The fellowship is a half-time varied-hours position to be held over the nine months of each academic year. Responsibilities include helping administer the Center for the Literary Arts, helping run the Visiting Writers Series, assisting with the publishing of Open Field, the college’s long-running literary journal, public readings, and teaching two courses, typically a combination of an Introduction to Creative Writing and a First Year Writing course. MFA in Creative Writing or Ph. D. with creative writing dissertation, some teaching or administrative experience, and publication in literary journals required; experience with a letterpress printing press desirable. The fellowship offers an annual salary of $25,000 and benefits, including an affordable on-campus housing option. Appointment to begin in August 2018.” NB: “Formal consideration of applications will begin April 13 and will continue until position is filled.”
“The New York Post Features Department is looking for a full-time Entertainment Critic to review movies and theater, as well as generate smart, opinionated takes on trending pop-culture topics. The ideal candidate has a strong, singular point of view, razor-sharp wit and a lively, engaging writing style. Critic will be responsible for reviewing blockbuster films and Broadway shows, as well as weighing in on everything from awards-show telecasts to the latest Hollywood controversy. Should be willing to go against the grain, while demonstrating a keen understanding of the history and influences behind today’s pop culture. Must be organized and on top of all important film/theater release dates, as well as a team player who can coordinate coverage with entertainment and web departments. An ability to generate, pitch and produce a constant flow of stories for both web and print is crucial.”
“Kramerbooks, a busy and vibrant bookstore in Washington, DC, is seeking an Assistant Book Buyer. This is the perfect opportunity for a highly organized and detail-oriented book lover with a creative side. This position is full-time (approx. 40 hours/week) and salaried, including health and vacation benefits. We are looking for someone smart, motivated, flexible, focused and careful!”
From Bridgehead Media: “We are hiring experienced freelance writers, bloggers and book reviewers to write about books for a daily newsletter. Ideal candidates will have at least 3 years of professional experience writing about books. Publishing and other book industry experience a major plus. Only candidates with professional writing experience about books will be considered. Genres covered include: Mystery, Romance, Erotica, SF, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction. Writers must bring fresh perspectives, a strong voice, and be up to date on new and classic titles. The ideal candidates will have availability and flexibility to accept assignments during weekdays. All work will be done remotely.”
Southern New Hampshire State University is looking for online adjunct instructors for its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
“Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School invites applications for a full-time one-year fixed term 60% proportional appointment with a concentration in Poetry in the Department of Literary Studies, beginning July 1, 2018.”