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).

  • “Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti — the editors who brought you the groundbreaking anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape — are seeking submissions for a new book. Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World will ask and answer a question that will change the way we think about sexual violence: What if we believed women? See this call for pitches for a list of questions that essays might address. NB: “All contributors will be paid. The deadline for submissions is September 1.”
  • The Cleveland Review of Books is a regional arts, culture, and literature journal. We publish three broad categories of writing: commentary, coverage, criticism, and reviews of art and literature; critical essays and thoughtful reflections on culture; and a small amount of short fiction and poetry from regional writers.” They’re currently accepting material for their inaugural issue as well as pitches/submissions for online-only content. Pays: “All writers published, in an issue or online, will be paid, at least, 65 dollars (upon completion of final draft and our approval). Book reviewers, if requested, will also be provided with a copy of whatever book they are reviewing.” In addition to the link provided above, check this website page for pitching/submitting guidelines. (Thanks to Sonia Weiser’s newsletter for the lead on this one.)
  • Coming very soon: the August issue of The Practicing Writer. As always, it will be packed with timely information on fee-free and paying competitions and calls of interest to writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction Meantime, a number of the opportunities in the current (July) issue remain open for entries/submissions.
  • Berkeley-based job: “As the Bay Area Book Festival plans its fifth anniversary event this May 4-5, 2019, we’re seeking a new Program Director—an exciting, creative, influential, senior position in mounting the annual festival. The Program Director also works with the Executive Director in developing year-round evening literary events. The festival offers fast-paced, flexible, fun work with a tightly knit team. It requires committed self-starters who can collaborate well and are highly responsible. The perfect candidate has extensive experience in the literary industry, ideally in event programming; has deep knowledge of contemporary literature; and is an organizing wizard. Business development or fundraising skills are a plus but not essential.” NB: They also expect to hire a Program Assistant.
  • In Washington, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation “seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as its Executive Director.”
  • Also at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation: “The Nuestra Voz Program Associate is a new role within the organization. The person in this position will play an important role in helping the foundation develop and expand our bilingual English/Spanish Writers in Schools programming as well as deepen our relationship with Latinx writers, educators, and students, regardless of language background. This is an excellent part-time opportunity to work closely with a small, dedicated team within a nationally renowned nonprofit to help build a program from the ground up.” (Pays: $15/hour.)
  • “CLMP—Community of Literary Magazines and Presses—seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the national nonprofit service organization for independent literary publishing.”
  • Oregon Humanities (Portland) is looking for “a communications assistant to help us in our work of bringing people together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds–in person, online, and on the page. The communications assistant will work on following: print and digital content, including Oregon Humanities magazine, enewsletter, and website; collateral production; media and public outreach; social media; events; and special projects and administrative work as needed.”
  • Jewish Review of Books is looking for an assistant editor/assistant publisher. (Thanks to Martha Toll for bringing this to my attention before I caught it.)
  • “The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as Teaching Artists for BookUp NYC, a free, after-school reading program for middle school students. BookUp participants select up to 12 book to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through author visits and field trips. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus 2-4 weekend half-day field trips, and runs from October 2018 through June 2019 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). The program is held at partnering sites across the city. Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Director of Education.”
  • “Kennesaw State University [Georgia] is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) faculty position in the Department of English, which begins August 2019. Responsibilities will include teaching, scholarship, and service in the area of Creative Writing. A Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts in English, Creative Writing (Fiction), or related field, or its foreign equivalent is required.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Thanks, Erika, for these Monday posts. I’ve found great leads and success from them.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        I’m so happy to know that, Evelyn. Thank you for telling me!

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