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). These posts are intended to complement/supplement monthly issues of The Practicing Writer newsletter (current issue here).

  • Black Rabbit is accepting submissions for Issue No. 6. Deadline: August 30. “For this issue, the Editors are looking for fiction, poetry, and visual art pieces, as well works including but not limited to installations, public art, GIFs, bathroom graffiti, and other forms that cross disciplines.” Pays: “As always, Black Rabbit offers all artists and authors twenty five dollars for their work.”
  • Barnhouse, “a bi-annual literary journal in print,” is looking for “the pastoral / the industrial / the cultural.” Pays: “$20 if accepted + contributor copy.” Deadline: September 1, 2018.
  • For an upcoming issue on poetry in the age of mass incarceration, Poetry magazine is seeking “the best poetry written by incarcerated poets, as well as work by family, friends, and others affected by mass incarceration.” Pays: “Poetry pays $10 per line plus two complimentary copies of the issue.” Deadline: September 3, 2018.
  • Helpful list from Trish Hopkinson of a number of literary magazines with deadlines from August 31-September 30, 2018. Everything in this particular list is fee-free and paying.
  • “The Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest is free [to enter] and awards cash prizes to winners.” Deadline: September 1, 2018.
  • Call for applications: “Founded in 2004, the International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has hosted over 100 writers from more than 50 countries. They invite applications from interested writers to join the IWW 2019 Residency Programme from 17 February to 17 March 2019. This year’s programme culminates in the IWW Literary Festival: ‘The Many Worlds of Science Fiction.’ Applicants are welcome to address how their work connects to the theme, but they are not required to do so.” IWW will provide “roundtrip economy class airfare; accommodation on HKBU’s campus for 4 weeks; a per diem.” Open to writers who reside outside of Hong Kong, who have published at least one book, and who “have a functional command of English or Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese).” Application deadline: August 31, 2018. (Thanks to Tammy Ho Lai-Ming for the tip about this one.)
  • Seattle Arts & Lectures is advertising for a Marketing Coordinator.
  • The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, New York, is looking for a Bookstore Manager.
  • In New York, the Academy of American Poets is hiring a Development Coordinator.
  • “Split Rock Books is a brand new bookstore in Cold Spring, NY in the Hudson Valley. Summer is bustling and we’re seeking an energetic and independent individual to work as a part-time bookseller. We are a teeny tiny staff and are looking for someone excited to contribute to the store and the community.”
  • “Kepler’s Literary Foundation in Menlo Park, CA has an opening for an Event Manager with a strong background in event marketing. Kepler’s Literary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization producing over 200 literary events each year hosting top writers and thinkers, including Margaret Atwood, George RR Martin, Al Gore, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini and John Green. As we expand our programming, we’re looking for someone to bring a passion for ideas, culture, and current events to a leading San Francisco Bay Area literary and cultural events producer. Event Managers report to the Executive Director and work at our office in downtown Menlo Park, Monday through Friday, including evening events. Compensation range is $18 to $24 per hour — part time to full-time, depending on background and experience.”
  • “Vermont College of Fine Arts welcomes applications for the Director of the MFA in Writing Program. The Program Director is a managerial, administrative position reporting to the Academic Dean.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Chicago invites applications for two assistant professorships for the Program in Creative Writing in the Department of English Language & Literature. We seek writers of literary fiction and/or nonfiction whose work, through innovations in form and genre, engages questions of race and ethnicity, particularly in relation to African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Native American contexts. Applicants should have a record of significant publication in prose genres, including at least one book from a respected publisher, and show evidence of talent and commitment as a teacher with the ability to shape the future of an ambitious creative writing program in a major research university. A goal of the search is to increase faculty diversity in the departments of English and Creative Writing and we therefore encourage applicants who come from groups historically underrepresented in the academy such as black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native.”
  • The University of Michigan (Dearborn campus) is seeking an “experienced writer focused on non-fiction storytelling, reporting and scripting to teach a three-credit hour Journalism and Screen studies course for fall 2018 term.”
  • Meantime, in Ann Arbor, “the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in the Department of English at the University of Michigan invites applications for a fiction writer to join the MFA faculty at the level of a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We are looking for a colleague of distinction with a strong record of publication (a minimum of one book published or in press) and demonstrated promise of excellence in teaching. As a member of our department, the candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate fiction workshops and other courses reflecting his/her interests and departmental needs. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1st, 2019.
  • At the same time, “the Helen Zell Writers’ Program in the Department of English at the University of Michigan invites applications for a visiting appointment in poetry. This is a non-tenure-track position with a university-year appointment. The appointment term is three years, with the potential for renewal for an additional two years.” (And don’t forget yet another Michigan teaching job that was listed in this space last week.)
  • “Hey fiction writers, Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana (near Indy) is looking for a visiting writer this spring. Apply!” (See Cathy Day’s tweet for more info.)
  • “The Department of Writing, University of Victoria, invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of creative writing. The appointment, effective July 1, 2019, will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.” NB: “In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from this designated group should self-identify in their cover letter in a transparent manner.”