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).

  • Until April 18, Iron Horse Literary Review is receiving submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry relating to “The Apocalypse.” Pays: “We pay $100 for stories and essays, $50 for poems and flash prose.”
  • “All US Military Veterans are invited to submit original poetry to the 2018 Heroes’ Voices National Veterans Poetry Contest.” The competitions seeks work on the following theme: “The Soldiers’ Journey: Poems about the experience of being in the armed services and/or being a veteran. Poems may be inspired by personal triumphs or tragedies, relationships, health, spiritual insights, community, family and social issues, affected by your service in the military.” Prizes: “First Prize $1,000 ♦ Second Prize $500 ♦ Third Prize $250 ♦ Fourth Prize $100.” NB: “Winning submissions and other selected poetry will be featured in public readings in San Francisco, California and at George Mason University in Virginia in the spring of 2018. Heroes’ Voices will publish Winning poems and other poetry in a chap book (a limited-edition booklet).” The deadline is April 20, 2018, and there is no entry fee. (Thanks to for the lead on this one.)
  • “Soft Skull Press is an independent publisher of books that engage art, culture, and current events in new and radical ways. During the month of April 2018, Soft Skull Press is accepting book-length manuscripts of literary fiction under 50,000 words of length. Please do not submit partial manuscripts or proposals. Before submitting, please take time to read some of our previously published works.”
  • “The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites applications from early-career creative writers for the Trias Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship. The appointment begins July 1, 2018 with classes beginning at the end of August. The position is open to writers of any genre who have completed an MFA or a PhD with creative dissertation in the last three years. The Trias Postgraduate Teaching Fellow will teach a 2-3 course load consisting of four introductory creative writing courses and one more flexible course of their own design (in consultation with the department chair) in either creative writing or literature. The appointment is renewable for three years contingent on successful annual review. The Fellow will give a reading as part of the Trias Reading Series during the first year at HWS and will be expected to participate in the cultural life of the Colleges by attending readings and other departmental and campus literary events and contributing to our thriving creative writing community. The fellowship includes a competitive salary and benefits, a research and travel stipend, and formalized mentoring from a tenured creative writing faculty member.” Eligibility: “Candidates will have completed an MFA or PhD with creative dissertatiuon between January 1, 2015 and August 31, 2018. They must have previous creative writing teaching experience with evidence of the ability to teach multiple genres at the introductory level. This position is geared toward emerging writers and does not require a book publication, but candidates should have a record of publication in literary journals.” NB: “Review of the applications will begin on April 13 and continue until the position is filled.”
  • Book of the Month “looking for a brilliant writer to help us conceptualize and execute marketing campaigns and a variety other important customer facing communications for Book of the Month. From the site and emails to Facebook and Instagram to physical packaging and print collateral, your concepts and communications will deliver a fun and delightful experience to our member and potential members. The successful candidate is a talented writer, who brings an iterative, data-driven approach to the creative process. She/he is also a great storyteller who understands how to bring ideas to life by matching written word and visuals to an underlying strategy. *We are ok to start with a freelance/temporary arrangement, but the goal it to shift to a permanent, full-time role.**” This position is located in New York.
  • “The Writer’s Center (TWC) in Bethesda [Maryland], a nonprofit literary arts organization, seeks an Executive Director with a strong background in management, including experience in grant writing, fund raising, balancing budgets and marketing.”
  • DC-based First Book is looking for a Communications Coordinator “to support…content efforts across social media, web, blog and other channels.”
  • The University of Chicago is seeking applicants for part-time lecturer positions: “During the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the 2018-19 academic year the Humanities Collegiate Division may have teaching opportunities in various courses in Creative Writing in the genres of poetry, non-fiction, or fiction. Applicants must have at minimum an MA or MFA in the field and experience teaching creative writing at the university or four-year college level. We seek experienced and diverse applicants whose intellectual and creative interests are proven by a comprehensive teaching and publishing profile.”
  • “Earlham College [Indiana] will be hiring a 1-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (open genre) for the 2018–2019 academic year. This position is also renewable for an additional year. The teaching load will be 2–3 with oversight of campus readings by visiting writers and support for the student editors of the arts and literary journal, The Crucible. The typical semester load will be one advanced creative writing class in the area of the person’s choice with one mixed-genre introductory creative writing course. In the semester with 3 courses, the person may also teach an upper-level literature course. Interdisciplinary programs at Earlham include, among others: African and African-American Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Peace and Global Studies; Latin American Studies; Environmental Studies; and International Studies. Applicants should have either an MFA or PhD/ABD.”