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).

  • From @sara_crowley: “I’m looking for submissions to @forge_litmag – I love flash (non-fic and fic) and longer stories (up to 3,000 words only please) & really would love to read something I haven’t read before. I’ve read a LOT of subs & the same subjects come up over & over. Send something fresh.” From The Forge website: “We pay, upon publication, $0.05/words up to 1,000 words, with a minimum payment of $25 and a maximum of $50. We request exclusive worldwide English language rights to publish in the Forge Literary Magazine, an online journal, for a period of three months, after which all rights revert to the author. Authors outside the U.S. must be able to receive payment via Paypal.”
  • New publication Alt-Minds Literary Magazine is looking for “fiction and non-fiction/memoir (1,000 to 3,000) of any genre and poetry (no more than 40 lines) that is related to mental health, in theme, subject matter, characterization, whatever ‘mental health’ means to you.” Pays: “We are a small, independently owned literary magazine. As such, our funds are very limited. However, we know your work is worth being paid for so we can happily pay $50.00 CDN per fiction, non-fiction, and memoir piece, and $20.00 CDN per poem.”
  • Flash-fiction magazine Vestal Review is welcoming fee-free submissions from writers who are 60 years of age or older until May 31. Pays: “Accepted stories get $25 and a print copy.”
  • May 31 is also when Winter Tangerine will close to prose and poetry submissions. Pays: “Contributors to WT issues, regardless of genre, are compensated with $50USD.”
  • “The second cycle of the Canadian Women Artists’ Award is now open, with applications being accepted through Wednesday, May 30 at 11:59 PM EST. The $5,000 award is designed to provide financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in any discipline, and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further their artistic goals….The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is open to women Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. All applicants must be able to provide proof of Canadian citizenship.” There is no application fee.
  • Entries for the I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Contest are fee-free until May 31. “Time to type up those travel articles, travel stories and travel reflections. We want to read about that place that changed you, about the experiences you can’t wait to share with other travelers. Whether your work is humorous, informative, quirky or profound–if it’s 1000 words or fewer, send it in.” Prizes: “The Top entries will be published at I Must Be Off! with authors’ permission. Authors retain copyright. First place prize: €300. Second place prize: €50. Readers’ Choice Award: €50 based on unique hits and comments tallied on October 30.” NB: “Open to anyone worldwide, but you must have (access to) a PayPal account if you enter after May 31 and in case you win.” (Thanks to for the reminder/update on this one.)
  • Catapult is looking for “a creative, experienced, and highly organized managing editor to work on our online magazine and help manage the day-to-day operational flow for the web editorial team. This individual will report directly to the web editor-in-chief.” NB: “We prefer candidates in New York City area. Remote candidates may be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they have prior experience working remotely.”
  • At The New York Times, the Obituaries desk “has an opening for a full-time reporter. Candidates should have solid reportorial experience, strong narrative writing skills and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity. The ideal candidate would be an eager and engaged quick study with fast hands. In one week you might be asked to write about a politician, a poet and a biomedical researcher, in each case pulling together the various threads of a life and weaving them into a cogent short-form biography, often on deadline. You’d be asked to take on bigger projects as well – advance obits requiring deeper research and reporting on the some of the major figures of our time. Lovers of language and sticklers for detail are particularly welcome. And deft digital skills are a plus.”
  • The Bogliasco Foundation “currently seeks qualified candidates for a part-time Development and Communications Associate position in our NYC office. The new associate will work in our midtown office with oversight from the President, and in collaboration with the NY-­‐based Program Director. We are looking for candidates who are personable, cheerful and comfortable wearing many hats. The ability to work independently without onsite supervision is crucial, as is the willingness to be a team player. The position will be responsible for the Foundation’s various communications and marketing initiatives, assist with fundraising/development tasks, manage the Foundation’s NY events, and assist the president in working with the Board of Trustees.” NB: “Ideally, the candidate should have grant writing experience, international travel experience, and be comfortable communicating with Fellows and alumni from around the world. Those with knowledge of Italian are highly encouraged to apply. Salary for three days per week is commensurate with experience. A benefits package will be available after one year of employment.”
  • St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia) “is seeking to fill a one one-year term appointment for a Visiting Professor of English to teach first-year composition and professional writing. Depending on departmental needs, candidate may also be assigned to teach upper-division courses in creative writing, journalism, and/or professional writing. The departmental load for visiting professors is 4/4 and may include a course or courses in the evening program.”