Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

I’ve pre-scheduled this post because the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah began at sundown last evening, and I will be offline until tonight (some of us observe one full day of Rosh Hashanah; other observe two). In any case: I won’t be monitoring this post for comments/corrections today, so please be patient if there are any unanticipated problems.

Now, on to 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).

  • The American Psychoanalytic Association’s Award for Excellence in Journalism “recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena. However, the $1000 award is broadly conceived. Nominated work need not be specifically about psychoanalysis or psychotherapy per se but can advance or challenge our understanding of human relationships/behavior and/or the life of the mind.” NB: “To be eligible, work must have been written in English, intended for the layperson, and must have been first published between July 1 and June 30th” (presumably, 2017 and 2018, respectively). Deadline: September 18, 2018.
  • Canadian writers: The University of Alberta Press publishes books of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction by Canadian authors. Short fiction and cnf appear to be open for submissions year-round. The website and the Submittable page for poetry offer differing deadlines for poetry, but it would appear that the earliest deadline for poetry-manuscript submissions is September 30.
  • Speaking of Canada: Created in Calgary, filling Station Magazine “accepts singular or simultaneous submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, critical non-fiction (about literature and occasionally about visual art), and visual art.” Pays: “In addition to a complimentary 3-Issue Subscription ($25 value) and a discount on future renewals and subscriptions, filling Station offers each of its contributors a $25 honorarium.”
  • It appears that Southern Indiana Review has instituted a fee for its submissions via Submittable. However, fee-free submissions are available to subscribers and to writers who are currently enrolled in graduate school. “SIR pays contributing authors at two rates: $75 (five layout pages or fewer accepted for publication) and $150 (six layout pages or more accepted). Featured visual artists receive a stipend of $250. Contributors also receive two complimentary copies of ‘their’ issue (with the option to buy additional copies at a reduced rate) and a year’s subscription to the magazine.”
  • A Single Parent Scholarship is available for the Tin House 2019 Winter Workshops. This scholarship is “intended to help support single parents who have at least one child under the age of 18 living at home, and who might otherwise find it challenging to devote time, space, and resources to writing. In addition to covering the full cost of tuition and room/board, the recipient of this award will also receive a $500 stipend for childcare.” Application deadline: October 14, 2018.
  • Poets & Writers has announced that it’s West Virginia’s turn: “Writers from the state of West Virginia are invited to apply for the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. One fiction writer and one poet will be selected. Winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary professionals, including editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers. This year’s judges are to be announced. The submission deadline is January 7, 2019.” Award also confers on each winner a $500 honorarium and a one-month residence at Jentel (Wyoming). NB: To be eligible, entrants “must have never published a book, or; have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying, and; have resided in West Virginia for at least two years prior to the date they submit their manuscripts.”
  • Inkbeat Arts has announced a “Writer in Residence Fellowship” for “a young, English-language creative writer who is passionate about developing his or her own craft and the craft of others. The fellow will be based in Beijing, China and will receive a stipend for room and board. S/he will lead writing workshops in schools and learning centers around Beijing, and will serve as an editor on the InkBeat Youth Journal and BLANK. It is our hope that this experience will launch the fellow into careers in the creative arts and inspire the fellow to pursue his/her craft.” This is a six-month fellowship; the monthly stipend is 3,600RMB/month (which I believe converts to about USD$525 each month). No application deadline indicated when I last checked, but perhaps one will be added.
  • Harvard Magazine (Massachusetts) seeks a Senior Editor.
  • “The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) seeks a Youth and Community Programs Coordinator (“Coordinator”) who will help conceptualize and execute workshops in New York City high schools and in Asian American immigrant senior centers….This role is envisioned as a three-day-a-week position but we are open to considering candidates who are interested in full-time.”
  • Part-time position at West Side Community House (Cleveland, Ohio) for an Anisfield-Wolf Associate: “The associate will create a plan within the Sisterhood curriculum for the Literacy Project. The project will include interactive workshops, guest speakers and an introduction and explanation of the Anisfield-Wolf Awards competition designed to capture the girls’ interest and enthusiasm. The associate also will engage participants in reading selected award winning literature that is pertinent to the girls’ environment, to their challenges and their “designated” place in society. The associate will work with participants one-on-one and in groups toward the following goals: to develop writing skills (poetry, fiction and non-fiction), to use writing as a form of self-expression, and to read their works and those of other writers aloud in a public setting with confidence. The associate will coordinate a small onsite event during Sisterhood hours for all participants to present their works to friends, family and members of the community at the end of March.”
  • carte blanche, the official online magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, has announced two open positions—fiction editor and publicist—to join “the Montreal-base editorial team.” NB: “Both positions receive a modest annual stipend. These are ideal positions for any individual not depending on it for a full-time living, but nevertheless committed to contributing to and being part of a flourishing community online.” Application deadline is “before” September 21, 2018; “duties will formally commence January 2019, but will include a transitional training period starting October 2018.
  • Drake University’s English Department [Iowa] “seeks an outstanding teacher and poet to join Drake’s Diversity Fellows program, which provides career mentorship and development opportunities for a small cohort of early-career faculty from historically underrepresented groups….The program begins August 2019 and fellowships are renewable for up to 3 years. Positions may be converted to tenure-track pending budgetary and performance review; credit toward tenure may be granted for teaching, scholarship, creative work, and service conducted by fellows during their appointment. We seek candidates specializing in African-American poetics to teach courses in reading, writing, creating, and performing poetry, including performance, slam, and spoken-word. Candidates experienced in building and sustaining community partnerships; producing performances and exhibitions; and/or teaching courses in text-based poetry are especially welcome.” Apply by October 15.
  • “The Department of English at Bates College [Maine] seeks an emerging poet for a three‐year lectureship. Required qualifications include an MFA, one book of poetry with a nationally‐recognized press, secondary publications in creative non-fiction, and at least two years of undergraduate‐level teaching experience by the time of appointment.”
  • At Spelman College [Georgia], the Department of English “invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Writing to begin August 2019….Specializations in one or more of the following areas preferred: screenwriting, fiction, creative-nonfiction, and/or diasporic literatures.”
  • “The English Department of Lafayette College [Pennsylvania] invites applications for a full time tenure-track position in fiction writing and screenwriting at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are particularly interested in candidates who also could teach literature, rhetoric, and/or interdisciplinary courses.”
  • At the University of California, San Diego, the Department of Literature “invites applications for an experienced Associate Teaching Professor (officially termed Lecturer with Security of Employment) in Creative Writing with specialties in one or more of the following areas: Speculative Writing, Experimental Forms, Digital Writing, Translation, Gaming, Editing, Multimedia, Humor, Screenwriting, Essay, Film. The successful candidate will serve as a core member of our Writing faculty and will be expected to teach primarily at the undergraduate level, with occasional teaching in the MFA program.”
  • The Department of English at Christopher Newport University [Virginia] invites applications for a tenure-track position in creative writing, effective August, 2019….The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in introductory creative writing, long-form nonfiction, especially essay writing and advanced prose, as well as digital storytelling and literary journalism. All faculty teach first/second year composition seminars and other lower division courses in support of the Liberal Learning Core Curriculum.”
  • “The Department of English at Old Dominion University [Virginia] invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Fiction), with an expected start date of July 25, 2019….Preference will be given to applicants with a record of successful teaching in multiple or hybrid genres, particularly nonfiction prose.”
  • “The Department of English at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Poetry/Nonfiction), with an expected start date of July 25, 2019. The position is open to a writer whose primary interest is poetry but who also publishes in nonfiction…. Candidates with a background in nature/environmental writing would be at an advantage.”
  • From St. Mary’s College of Indiana: “The Department of English invites applications for a visiting assistant professor of creative writing, renewable, with possibility of conversion to tenure-track, who has a primary specialization in fiction and secondary expertise in creative nonfiction.”