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).

  • The Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism is awarded to one rising journalist of outstanding character and ability each year. Recent college and journalism school graduates, and working journalists with less than five years of professional experience, are welcome to apply. The Rago Fellow receives a nine-month internship with the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal, along with a salary of approximately $5,000 per month from The Fund for American Studies. The Rago Fellow will also take part in the annual dinner and retreat of the TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program and will be included in that program’s alumni network. The internship at The Wall Street Journal provides the opportunity for experience with many facets of the editorial craft, such as editing op-eds; writing stories under one’s own byline; writing as part of the Editorial Board; working with outside contributors at every stage of submission, from pitching to publication; contributing headlines and other story components; fact-checking and research; and more.” There is no application fee. Application must be received by May 14, 2018.
  • “Dr Heike Bartel is leading ‘Hungry for Words’ an AHRC-funded interdisciplinary research network on male eating disorders at the University of Nottingham. The research network would like to feature poems about male ‘disordered’ eating on the ‘Hungry for Words’ website, as printed material and/or as audio or video recordings. We are interested in all perspective: sufferer, relative, friend, GP, teacher, distant or close observer, male, female or transgender.” This is not labeled as a contest, but the announcement notes that “a number of poems will be chosen for featuring on the website, £100 will be awarded for the best poem, £50 for each of two runners-up.” NB: “Every submission should include permission to feature the poems in print and/or audio/video on the project website as well as at related events.” Deadline: May 18, 2018.
  • In Slovenia, Ljubljana, “a UNESCO City of Literature since 2015, offers two one-month residencies for writers at the newly restored Švicarija/Swisshouse Creative Centre, which is part of the International Centre of Graphic Arts.” NB: “The residency is aimed at foreign published writers with a palpable, factual relation with any of the other UNESCO Cities of Literature that has to be apparent and described as part of the application. The applicant must have published at least one book of fiction (be it prose, poetry or drama) in their language. There are no restrictions regarding age, race, gender or nationality. Though writers of all genres are currently welcome to apply, a specific focus might be chosen for calls in the following years.” The residency award confers “a stipend of €650. Up to additional €350 is available for travel costs (costs exceeding this sum are to be paid by the applicant). Each resident will stay in their own, separate and fully equipped apartment with a kitchenette at Švicarija/Swisshouse, along with other artists-residents, artists, and exhibitions. Local public transportation costs will be covered. Access to the Internet will be provided. Through targeted activities and networking possibilities, suited to each resident’s profile, the organisers will help them get to know the vibrant art and literary scene in Ljubljana. Opportunities for public presentation of the residents’ work will be made possible, as well as meetings with translators, if necessary and/or applicable. During the resident’s stay, some group activities, such as meetings with the organizer, publishers etc., may be scheduled. Residents are required to take care of medical insurance and are responsible for their meals and household. Additional guests cannot be hosted.” There is no application fee, and the deadline is May 31, 2018. (Thanks to @A_WritersStudio for the tip.)
  • “Can We Rewrite Our Children’s History?” That’s the question at the heart of this year’s Sapiens Plurum & Future of Life Institute: Earth-Day Short-Fiction Contest. There’s no fee to enter, and there will be cash prizes: $1,000/$500/$300. Deadline: June 1, 2018.
  • Logic, “a magazine about technology and society that publishes three times per year,” is soliciting pitches for an issue on “Play,” which “will look at the games people play with technology—and what happens when we let technology play us.” They’re seeking “reported articles, features, essays, and profiles. We pay $150 for shorter essays of 1000-1200 words, and $400 for longer features of 2000-3000 words and up.” Deadline: June 1.
  • Mslexia, a self-described “magazine for women writers,” currently invites poetry, stories, and short scripts on the theme of “Cooking” for its Showcase section: “Making a meal can be an act of love and sensual pleasure – or an act of hatred and grudging resentment. It can also be source of intense anxiety. Can I afford it? Will there be enough? Will they like it? Will it be on time?” Deadline is June 4, 2018. Pays: “We usually pay £25 for each piece published in Mslexia,” except where noted otherwise.
  • “Do you love books, and bookstores? Do you shop for books online? Do you have a background in writing? Then you might want to work for a new online boutique, MidCenturyBooks.Net, your source for modern books and midcentury style!” They’re looking for a Publicity Assistant for “a part-time, project-based position opening”; “can work remotely.”
  • Fractured Atlas, “a national organization that supports folks at every level of the cultural ecosystem,” seeks a social media specialist who is “passionate about being a storyteller and changing the world we live in. They will heavily participate and assist in content creation, execution, analysis, and maintenance of several social media accounts. Knowledge of digital tools, social media platforms, content creation and distribution, and strong creative writing skills are strongly preferred.” NB: “Our office is in New York City, but this position is open to being 100% remote. You can be anywhere in the United States that has a reliable internet connection. Because we are primarily based on the east coast, you must be available to attend meetings during a 9am-6pm EST window.”
  • “CHOICE, a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of the American Library Association), and the publisher of Choice Reviews and ccAdvisor, the premier sources for reviews of new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, is seeking an associate editor, social sciences.” This full-time job is located in Middletown, Connecticut.
  • Across the pond: “We are seeking applicants for the newly-created role of Events and Programme Manager at The London Library – one of the UK’s most important literary organisations and the largest independent lending library in the world.” And they’re also hiring a Digital Marketing and Communications Manager. (Thanks to @NYSocLib for the lead.)
  • “Vermont College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing Program. The Director has primary academic and administrative responsibility for the MFA in Writing & Publishing program.
  • “The Department of English at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in Creative Writing-Fiction to begin Fall 2018. Evidence of secondary genre is welcome. At least one novel or collection of short stories published by a national press and evidence of excellent teaching is required. Applicants must have a MFA or Ph.D. in Creative Writing.”
  • “The Department of English at Appalachian State University invites applications for a three-year visiting assistant professorship in Creative Writing, specifically in fiction and creative nonfiction, to start August 21, 2018, pending final administrative and budgetary approval.”
  • The Department of English at Southern Utah University “invites applications for a one-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, with an emphasis in fiction.”
  • 3 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Thanks for doing all the research!

    2. Interesting to see all the jobs possible for English majors!

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Yes, I try to find and share opportunities that seem congruent with the interests and skills of English majors/MFA grads!

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