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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).

  • ICYMI: The July issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers late last week. It includes no fewer than 20 fee-free, paying opportunities. This issue will remain online until the August edition replaces it. As with everything shared in the newsletter and these Monday Markets post, the opportunities are all fee-free and paying.
  • Just a few days remain to apply for the Gloria Burgess Fellowship, which offers “a fully funded Poets on the Coast Retreat registration (approx $500 value) to provide a weekend of writing and critiquing.” NB: “Accommodations are not included.” The retreat will be held in September in La Conner, Washington. The fellowship is open to all women, and partial scholarships for finalists will be awarded. Deadline: July 6, 2018.
  • Attention, North Carolinians: “The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who not only identify with North Carolina, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, and the many cultures of North Carolina. The winner of the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2018.” No application fee indicated. Deadline: July 13, 2018.
  • Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction—a print anthology of flash fiction and craft essays—will be accepting submissions of flash fiction and flash craft essays from July 1-31. This call for submissions is open exclusively to writers of color. Thanks to Mythic Picnic (@mythicpicnic), all writers with work selected for publication will receive $50, and Jon Chaiim McConnell (@JonMcConn) has generously funded our first print run!” NB: Essays must be unpublished. A story submission “can be a new, unpublished work or a story published or selected for publication in 2016, 2017, or 2018.”
  • Also open for submissions until July 31: Virginia Quarterly Review. Pays: “For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, we usually pay $1,000. For short fiction, we generally pay $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, we generally pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. For investigative reporting, we pay at a higher rate, sometimes including pre-approved travel expenses. For long-form journalism, we often seek funders to support our writers directly, in addition to our own payments. Book reviews are generally 2,000-2,400 words and are paid at a flat rate of $500…Online content is generally paid at $100-$200, depending upon genre and length.”
  • Foundry re-opened for submissions yesterday (after hitting a Submittable cap). They publish “a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are drawn to poems that feel as much as they think.” Pays: “We pay $10 per poem via Venmo or Paypal shortly after publication. We also promote our authors on social media and submit nominations for prizes.”
  • Lots of submission info was shared last night on a summer-submissions edition of the Twitter #PoetParty. Check the hashtag!
  • “Grove Atlantic is looking for a full-time Social Media Coordinator to join its marketing team. Candidates should be fluent in the wide, ever-changing world of social media (in particular, its more literary corners) and able to use their expertise on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to market 80+ titles each year with passion, tact, and creativity. Strong candidates will have a deep knowledge of Grove Atlantic’s backlist and history, as well as an affinity for its publishing mission today. The Social Media Coordinator will work closely with the marketing and publicity departments, joining the teams in weekly brainstorming sessions, assisting in the execution of long-term marketing projects, and ensuring that publicity is shared in a timely manner with enthusiasm and accuracy.”
  • Hofstra University (New York) “is seeking an Instructor for a new 1-credit course ‘Creativity: An Introduction.’ Through readings, creative writing exercises, journaling and individual and group activities, this seminar will explore what it means to be creative and how to access and use creativity in learning and scholarship, for problem solving and for artistic pursuits. At the end of the seminar, students will have learned techniques that allow them to generate ideas, think through problems and potential solutions, and apply creative thinking to academic and creative work. Readings will include current and classic scholarship on creative thinking as well as some fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.”
  • “The MS in Publishing program within Dyson College of Arts and Sciences of Pace University invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Lecturer (non-tenure track) to begin September 2018. The Publishing Department offers a graduate program in publishing located at Pace University’s Midtown Center campus at 5th Avenue and 45th Street in New York City, where the position will be located. Applicants must have earned a Master’s in Publishing or Fine Arts or the equivalent in a publishing related area, such as Creative Writing; must have been working in the publishing industry for at least ten years (within the past 2 years); and must have some college teaching experience. We are seeking a colleague with a wide breadth of knowledge about the industry and extensive contacts with a variety of publishing professionals.”
  • “The University of Toledo Department of English Languages and Literature invites applications for an instructional position in Creative Writing to begin Fall Semester 2018. The position is a one-year non-tenure-track visiting appointment, renewable for two subsequent years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and instructional need. The visiting assistant professor will teach introductory and advanced courses in creative writing, and other courses as assigned. Specialization in poetry or creative nonfiction preferred, but the search is open to all disciplines.”
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