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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

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; check it out for still-open opportunities before the October issue replaces it!).

  • From the Santa Fe Writers Project (SFWP): “We are always looking for great work from new authors, and from veteran authors who have gone out of print.” For book-length manuscripts, the window closes September 30. No YA or poetry. Considering books for 2019 and 2020. NB: Work need not be about New Mexico.
  • You’ve also got until September 30 to send work to Consequence: “an independent, international literary magazine…focused on the culture and consequences of war.” Pays: “We pay $10 per page for prose work, $25 per page for poetry, and $15 per page for translations that we commission. For the print magazine, we offer a contributor’s copy and a gift copy of the issue.”
  • Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre in Scotland “is inviting established international poets to apply for our International Writers’ Residency in 2019. This opportunity was established in 2018 by Moniack Mhor and the British Council to honour Muriel Sparks inspirational, international life and work. The successful candidate will receive a month-long residency with time and space to develop their work, as well as opportunities to expand their practice. This includes a stipend of £1000, a travel budget, accommodation and all subsistence whilst resident at the centre.” NB: “This international residency is open to international established/mid-career poets living or working outside of the UK. To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one major work.” Deadline: September 28, 2018.
  • Also with an October 15 deadline (materials must be received by this date): The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. This annual award supports “travel abroad for gifted American-born poets.” Eligibility: “Any poet of American birth who is able and willing to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.” NB: “The 2019-2020 Scholarship award will be approximately $59,000, adjusted for inflation. If there are two winners, each will receive the full amount.”
  • Hawaii writers: You may want to check out this Emerging Writers Contest from Honolulu’s Civil Beat: “Civil Beat is looking for smart, thoughtful writers with a passion for telling stories about Hawaii – and the issues that matter most to those of us living here. We’re seeking original columns, essays or commentary — nonfiction — written in distinctive and diverse voices that focus on local public affairs, social concerns or other topics that affect the daily lives of people in your community, so you need to live in Hawaii to enter.” Prizes: “The top three entries will win cash prizes: $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. The winning entries will be published in Civil Beat – and could lead to a paid, regular spot as a columnist.” Deadline: October 15, 2018. (Discovered this one via Sonia Weiser’s excellent newsletter.)
  • The Loft Literary Center has announced the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. These fellowships “provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their craft for a concentrated period of time. The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Four $25,000 fellowships are offered in alternating years to writers of creative prose and poetry. This year’s four awards will be in creative prose, which includes fiction and literary nonfiction such as memoir, personal essay, and autobiography. A $25,000 fellowship is awarded each year in children’s literature, including poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. This year’s award is offered to a writer for children 8 years of age or older. McKnight Fellows are also entitled to up to $3,000 in reimbursement to attend a writing conference or retreat during their fellowship year. These fellowships do not support the work of playwriting, journalism, or nonfiction that is written primarily for educational or technical use.” Check detailed guidelines for eligibility and other information. Deadline: November 16, 2018.
  • As mentioned above, these Monday posts are intended to complement/supplement monthly issues of The Practicing Writer newsletter, the current issue of which contains a number of other fee-free, paying calls/competitions that remain open to submissions/entries. Some do have deadlines coming up pretty soon, though—see in that issue, for instance, litmags Cherry Tree and Nashville Review, and the Marcus Harris Poetry Fellowship, all of which will close September 30.
  • And one other point of information: I’ve recently updated this list of post-MFA fellowships.
  • In Seattle, a Program Manager is sought for The Pongo Teen Writing Project, a 23-year-old, award-winning nonprofit that offers therapeutic poetry programs to youth (and others) who have suffered traumas, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. We work in the most sensitive institutions and agencies, such as detention centers, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Our mission is to help our authors, through personal poetry, to understand their difficult feelings, find their strong voices, and address their life challenges and best hopes.” NB: “30 hours/week; salary range $45,000-$50,000/year.”
  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) seeks an Assistant Managing Editor.
  • In New York, the Jewish Museum is advertising for an Editorial Associate.
  • Also in New York, the Queens Council on the Arts High School to Art School program “is seeking a Writing Instructor to conduct three writing workshops for up to 20 high school seniors during its Fall Session.” Pays: “The HS2AS Writing Instructor will be provided a $5,000 stipend for the planning and implementation of these three workshops.”
  • In London, the Society of Authors is “currently looking for an organised and conscientious Awards Assistant to help with the smooth-running of our busy Prizes department. You will assist with the full cycle of some distinguished prizes and help with the planning of our annual Authors’ Awards and other prize presentations.”
  • Also in London, the University of East London seeks a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing “to lead the development of BA Creative & Professional Writing, and to contribute to teaching on the programme.”
  • California State University, Monterey Bay, is searching for an Assistant Professor of Poetry/Social Action and Composition Studies.
  • At the University of Arizona, the Department of English “invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: Poetry for the Spring 2019 semester. This is a one-semester visiting position, requiring that the candidate teach two poetry courses in Spring 2019, including the graduate Poetry Workshop. Candidates may also be asked to serve on MFA thesis committees as needed.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Memphis seeks applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in fiction writing, preferably with a secondary strength in creative nonfiction writing or poetry writing, to join a dynamic MFA and undergraduate creative writing program. The position begins August 2019.”
  • Colorado State University is advertising for an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Fiction Writing.
  • “The Department of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Fiction Writing, to begin August 1, 2019. The successful candidate will teach a 3-3 load and should expect to teach courses at all levels of the curriculum. Candidates’ expertise must include the teaching and writing of fiction, including avid engagement with the professional aspects of the discipline, including publication; secondary expertise in Environmental Studies, oral storytelling and ethnography, science or technical writing, and/or literary journal production are welcome.”
  • In North Carolina, the Duke University English Department “welcomes nominations and applications for a distinguished fiction writer with a national or international reputation for a position as Full Professor or Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. We seek candidates who are committed to undergraduate teaching of fiction writing. Candidates should be committed to engage fully with the literary and intellectual life of the university and the Durham area. We welcome applications from writers working in any national, transnational, or diasporic Anglophone tradition. This position begins July 1, 2019 and may be either a tenure or non-tenure line, depending on qualifications.”
  • Also at Duke: The English Department welcomes applications “for a Lecturer or Assistant Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. We seek candidates who are committed to undergraduate teaching of fiction and/or creative non-fiction writing. Candidates should be committed to engage fully with the literary and intellectual life of the university and the Durham area. We welcome applications from writers working in any national, transnational, or diasporic Anglophone tradition. This is a non-tenure track, fixed term renewable position which begins July 1, 2019.”
  • In Vermont, the Department of English and American Literatures at Middlebury College “invites applications for a three-year position in Creative Writing (Fiction) beginning in Fall 2018…We are particularly interested in applicants with a secondary interest in one (or more) of the following fields: post-colonial and global literature in English, ethnic and minority literatures, environmental studies, disability studies. Candidates should provide evidence of commitment to excellent teaching and scholarly potential.”
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