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).

  • Samarkand, launching in August, “is an exercise in curiosity. We find the world far too interesting and the human condition far too complex to be defined exclusively by a single culture’s point of view, hence, we’d like for Samarkand to be a platform for unexpected voices from unexpected places. We are particularly interested in the immigrant experience and anything representing the periphery of mainstream America.” Considers “fiction (up to 6,000 words), non-fiction, translations, poetry and photography, in digital form only.” Pays: “Samarkand pays upon publication a $25 honorarium and 2 contributor’s copies.” (Found this one via @Duotrope)
  • “Got a story about a scary/challenging incident in the wild that might work for @Sierra_Magazine’s “Survive” department? Hit me with it! @ me, or write to paul dot rauber at sierraclub dot org. $150 for ones we accept.”—@PaulRauber
  • “If you have any bird-related conservation, science, climate, policy, or culture features or essays, pitch me! We’re doing cool stuff and always looking for great stories.”—@AndrewDelColle (Audubon magazine).
  • “Just a friendly reminder: we’re looking for contributors for global opinions at @washingtonpost.”—@elopezgross.
  • New Rivers Press is “looking for manuscripts of creative nonfiction, essays, and mixed-genre work between 70 and 120 pages in length.” Selected authors receive standard publishing contract with royalties, 25 copies and author discount for additional copies, and “the opportunity to receive travel funding to visit Minnesota State University Moorhead campus to give a reading and/or a master class on craft of writing or the manuscript’s subject matter.” Deadline: May 31, 2018.
  • “Poets & Writers presents the Amy Award each year to recognize promising women poets, age 30 and under, living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive a modest honorarium and give a reading in New York City. The award was established in 1995 by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman’s daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet.” The deadline is June 1, 2018, and there is no entry fee.
  • “Calling all short story writers: Are you a short story writer interested in gaining more exposure and a bigger audience for your creative work? Would an extra $1,000.00 USD in your pocket be a great thing right now? If so, our ServiceScape Short Story Award is the perfect way to achieve both. For this award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.” There is no entry fee, and the deadline is November 30, 2018.
  • “Rolling Stone magazine’s research department seeks an enthusiastic and resourceful Assistant Editor to join their team. The person in this role will be responsible for researching, fact-checking and assisting in editing feature pieces for the magazine and liaising regularly between writers and editors. This person must have demonstrated experience researching and fact checking large, multi-sourced features under tight deadlines. In addition, candidate must have impeccable judgment and a genuine interest in and understanding of a wide variety of subjects such as politics, science and hard news.” (Location: New York.)
  • From Roger Williams University (Rhode Island): “The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing seeks qualified applications for semester-length appointment in Fall 2018 to teach introductory course in narrative as part-time faculty in the Creative Writing program. CW 220 Narrative in Writing the Short Story will meet Mon/Thurs 3:30pm – 5pm plus office hours. Enrollment 20. First year majors take this foundation course; enthusiasm and knowledge are required. It should be taught as lectures, guided readings from the required text: Best American Short Stories. Instructor will guide sharing of writing assignments in class, but this is not a workshop-based class. Successful applicants will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching. Requirements: Master’s (MFA or MA from a CW program) and a publication history of short fiction in literary journals, or a publication of a short-story collection or novel. Recent college-level teaching experience is highly preferred.”