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).

  • REMINDER: You’ll find no fewer than TWENTY no-fee, paying competitions and litmag calls featured in the still-new (June) issue of The Practicing Writer.
  • Call for pitches from Lilly Dancyger for her forthcoming Seal Press anthology on anger, featuring women and non-gender-conforming writers. “IMPORTANT NOTE: I am NOT looking for pitches from cis white women at this time. Seeking #marginalized writers, especially (but not limited to) Latinx, Arab, and Indigenous writers, refugee and immigrant writers, & trans women and nonbinary folx.” Payment: “The pieces will be in the neighborhood of 2,000-2,500 words, and the rate for most will be $300 (there’s some flexibility in rate for writers with “platform” — I’m sorry I know that shouldn’t be such a big factor in this world but it is).” Pitch window closes June 11.
  • For Maine writers: “Maine Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are informed by an applicant’s work.” Maximum award is $5,000. Application deadline is June 14, 2018.
  • Subprimal Poetry Art “looks for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truths. We’re looking for work that enables the reader/listener to experience something that they might not otherwise in their regular life and causes them to think. We like pieces that use language in new ways. We have a special fondness for prose poems. Voices outside of the status quo keep us awake at night.” Their next deadline is June 15, for July publication. NB: “If your work is accepted, we’d like to get a photo of you, a third person bio, and (for poetry/flash pieces) an audio (or audio/video) recording of you reading your piece. As you (hopefully) already know from perusing Subprimal Poetry Art, we create custom musical compositions to complement an author’s recording.” Pays: “$20 for each published work that has not been previously published. For reprints, we pay $10. Payment is made upon publication. You must be able to receive payment via PayPal. Please note that we do not offer payment for book reviews at this time.”
  • News from Barrelhouse: “In our 19th print issue, we are going to exclusively publish work by previously unpublished writers. This is a call for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics by currently unpublished writers.” Check the guidelines for definition of “unpublished.” Pays: “Each contributor will receive the standard Barrelhouse payment of $50. Contributor fees for this issue are donated by our sponsor Mythic Picnic, and we thank them for their generous support for new writing and writers. In addition, each selected piece will also be eligible for the Mythic Picnic Prize, a total pool of $500 that will be distributed and selected by Mythic Picnic.” Deadline: June 30, 2018.
  • From Lindy Alexander/The Freelancer’s Year: a list of 8 paying publications to pitch writing on social justice, international development, human rights or humanitarian issues.
  • From Avital Chizik-Goldschmidt, Life & Features Editor at the Forward: “Accepting pitches now for @jdforward stories related to: (1) High Holidays (2) Bar/Bat Mitzvahs (3) Aging Jewishly. Either reported features or personal essays (with relatable, insightful messages that are broader than “My bubby died,” please).”
  • Poets & Writers, Inc., has posted announcements for three half-time fellowship positions in New York.
  • 826 Boston, “a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life,” is currently looking to fill “three full-time, salaried positions and two Commonwealth Corps service member positions for the 2018-2019 academic year.”
  • “Triple Canopy, a nonprofit magazine located in New York City, seeks a senior editor. The editor will work closely with Triple Canopy’s editors, designers, and technologists to research, commission, edit, and publish and present new projects in a variety of media and platforms. We expect the editor to work approximately thirty-two hours per week at Triple Canopy’s office in Manhattan. We’re looking for someone who is especially concerned with essays and fiction (as well as genres that aren’t so easy to classify), has a significant amount of experience as an editor, and possesses substantial ideas about the kind of work that Triple Canopy should be publishing. That said, the magazine typically publishes essays and fiction alongside (or situates them within) artworks, performances, and conversations; we hope to find an editor who has formidable enthusiasms but catholic interests, and who is excited to forge relationships between seemingly disparate forms.” (Employment opportunities overview; direct link to full job announcement.)
  • “Avid Bookshop is seeking a frontline bookseller to work at both the Prince Avenue and Five Points shops 5 days/week, 40 hours/week. Avid Bookshop is a community-focused independent bookstore with two locations in Athens, Georgia. Frontline booksellers are the face of Avid, engaging with the community by sharing a love of the written word, curating our shops to suit their neighborhoods, and fulfilling orders for virtually any book in print.”
  • Part-time opportunity (beginning July 1, ending January 15) for a Book Festival Manager in Florida: “WordSmitten turns 20 in 2019 and to celebrate, we are opening our office in the hills of North Florida in the historic town of Quincy, Florida. And, we are partnering with for this and other author readings and workshops. For more than 20 years, we have hosted authors, readings, and writing conferences. We are seeking a professional manager to organize author events, fun side trips, and manage our volunteers for the festival….The festival is held in Quincy, Florida and requires an individual who resides in the Tallahassee (North Florida) region. This event benefits literacy programs in North Florida.”
  • “The Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College invites applications for a full-time Assistant Adjunct Professor in English specializing in Creative Writing, Fiction / Creative Nonfiction to beginAugust 1, 2018.”
  • Rowan University (New Jersey)’s Department of Writing Arts “seeks qualified adjuncts to teach an undergraduate Creative Nonfiction course and a graduate level Creative Nonfiction workshop.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Alyssa M Walker says:

      Hi Erika,

      Many thanks for your continued dedication to The Practicing Writer! I look forward to it every week.

      I just pitched Avital at The Forward with an essay that I’ve been itching to write for a while. Fingers crossed.

      Hope you’re well,

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thanks, Alyssa–hope you hear good news back from Avital!

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