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, where you’ll always find more listings.

  • Today’s the last day to send pitches for articles to appear in the 2020 editions of Writer’s Market and the Guide to Literary Agents. Payment: “We do pay competitive rates for freelance articles. However, I don’t discuss those rates until the piece is assigned. Freelancers for the book do receive a contributor copy, and we pay reprint fees for articles that are included in other editions of the book. Plus, we buy first rights–so it’s a writer-friendly deal.” Although the same verbiage does not appear on the call for pitches for the next Poet’s Market—which aren’t due until October 31, I’m guessing that the same payment holds for those.
  • Call for “essays and poetry on the theme of ANGER for Voices, Brain Mill Press’s digital magazine platform. Don’t pull punches. Pitches will be reviewed and responded to within 24 hours by Brain Mill Press staff. This call is for femme writers, writers of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, First Nations writers, and disabled writers. If your pitch is selected, you will be given a mutually-agreed period of time to write your essay or poem (if it is not already completed). You will receive editorial feedback on your submitted piece, a negotiable contract granting Brain Mill Press the limited right to reproduce your piece on Voices, and payment at industry-standard rates upon publication. You will retain all other rights to your work. Window for essay pitches/poetry submissions closes October 19, so hurry, if you’re interested.
  • From the UNReading Series at Butler University in Indianapolis: “Imagine yourself in a room full of enthusiastic readers and writing students. For the next hour or so, they are in your hands. You can do whatever you want—teach them, incite a conversation, illuminate the exciting possibilities of literature—as long as you don’t give a straight reading. What will you do? Pitch us your innovative answer. If we select your pitch, we’ll pay for your travel, room and board, and give you a small honorarium. But most importantly, we’ll give you that room, those readers, and that electric hour.” Pitches remain open for the rest of October.
  • “The Creative Nonfiction Standing Group of the Conference on College Composition and Communication announces the 2019 Donald Murray Prize for creative nonfiction. We are seeking original, unpublished works of creative nonfiction on any subject, with a preference for essays on writing, teaching, and teaching writing. (Essays may not have been published in any form, electronically or in print, including blog posts.) This prize was first established at CCCC in 2002 in honor of Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, professor, and author of numerous books and influential articles on writing and the teaching of writing. Entries will be judged by members of the CNF Standing Group and the editors of Writing on the Edge. Kathleen Yancey will serve as final judge. The winner will receive $300 in the form of an AMEX gift card and publication in the Spring 2019 issue of Writing on the Edge. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal. Length limit: 8,000 words maximum (2500–4500 preferred) Entry fee: None. Deadline: November 1, 2018.
  • “The £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize is awarded to the best eligible published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” Deadline: November 7, 2018 (received). Check the detailed guidelines for info on what makes a literary work “eligible.”
  • Resource alert: I spent a chunk of time last week updating this list of venues that publish flash nonfiction/micro essays. Please note that this list is NOT limited to fee-free/paying venues, but I’ve done my best to indicate which ones charge fees/pay.
  • The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) seeks “a marketing intern! Editorial experience a plus, you’ll help with emails, social, & events.” Per the thread: This 3-month, one-day-per-week NYC internship offers a $500 stipend.
  • “The Los Angeles Times is looking for a reporter to cover books, publishing and literary Los Angeles. The books reporter will cover stories local and national about books, authors, the publishing industry, reading, writing and the roles books play in our present moment. The ideal candidate should have experience reporting about culture and a love of books. They will break news swiftly as well as write reported features, and should have an insatiable curiosity about the cultural life of Los Angeles.” (Noticed this one via The Freelance Beat.)
  • “The International Writing Program, University of Iowa, is seeking to hire a 100% time Summer Institute Coordinator (Program Coordinator PAD1) to design, plan, promote and conduct the International Writing Program’s new Summer Institute. This is a three-year specified term appointment with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of three years, pending grant funding.
  • “GrubStreet is currently looking for writing consultants of all genres. Must have experience teaching and/or consulting with clients in their area of expertise, and at least one of the following: for writers, an MFA or MA in Creative Writing and/or publications in recognized journals, magazines, or online publications; for other literary professionals, experience in the publishing world or their area of consulting. You do not need to have published a full-length work to be considered for a consulting position.” (I checked on this one, which I discovered via the GrubWrites blog’s latest opportunities post, to see if they’re open to applicants who live outside GrubStreet’s Greater Boston area—they are.)
  • From Colby College in Maine: “Applications are invited for a two-year position as a Faculty Fellow for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years. We seek candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching fiction, and significant published creative work, which should include one book-length work of fiction (either novel or a collection of short stories) or a record of significant short story publications.”
  • “The Department of English invites applications for a tenure track position in creative writing, with an emphasis in fiction.”
  • “Spalding University has an opening for a tenure track appointment as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Director of BFA in Creative Writing in the School of Liberal Studies starting July 1, 2019….Specialization in two or more of the following areas preferred: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and/or Screenwriting. Because the BFA program at Spalding is in transition, the successful candidate will also have experience in at least one of the following areas: Digital Storytelling, New Media Writing, Graphic Novel Writing, or other forms of hybrid or digital creativity. Experience in teaching African American and/or non-western literatures is also preferred.”
  • “The Department of English at Ashland University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with emphasis in creative writing. This position reports directly to the Department Chair of English within the College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will demonstrate an excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to undergraduate education, significant publications, and an active creative writing agenda in more than one genre–preferably fiction and nonfiction, and be expected to contribute to the life of Ashland University. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in first-year composition, undergraduate creative writing workshops, graduate creative writing workshops as needed, and other courses as needed.”
  • In New York, “Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment with a concentration in Poetry in the Department of Literary Studies, beginning Fall, 2019.”
  • Another tenure-track poetry-focused position is open at the University of Central Missouri. “Duties will include teaching composition, literature surveys, and all levels of creative writing, as well as editorial responsibilities at Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Pleiades Press.”
  • At Eastern New Mexico State University, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking qualified candidates to teach as a full-time tenure-track, 9 month Assistant Professor of English Creative Writing….Ideal candidates will have a strong academic background in and experience in creative writing. Experience with one or more of the following areas is a plus, including but not limited to: poetry, creative nonfiction, and film.”
  • Montclair State University (New Jersey) seeks a “creative nonfiction writer of national reputation to teach two workshops per semester for a two-year appointment. Secondary field in cultural studies preferred. Open Rank. This is a visiting, half-time, non-renewable appointment.” Montclair State University is also looking for a “young adult/children’s book author of national reputation to teach two fiction workshops per semester for a two-year appointment. Open Rank. This is a visiting, half-time, non-renewable appointment.”
  • “The Department of English at West Virginia University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction Writing. This visiting position is for the Spring 2019 semester (January 7, 2019 through May 10, 2019) with the possibility of renewal for the 2019-2020 academic year. We seek candidates who will add to the diversity of approaches and perspectives in a thriving undergraduate and MFA program in Creative Writing. Anticipated areas of teaching include undergraduate and graduate courses in fiction writing, the capstone course for the undergraduate creative writing concentration, and genre courses in literature (novel and short story). The teaching load for the Spring 2019 semester is three courses.”
  • “The English Department at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma invites applications for a part-time/adjunct position teaching primarily Creative Writing courses in poetry and fiction. The Department seeks an accomplished teacher and writer who can help develop a new Creative Writing Emphasis within the English Major, as well as a new stand-alone Minor in Creative Writing. Preference will be given to candidates with terminal degrees in Creative Writing, expertise in poetry, and additional experience teaching first-year writing. The candidate will teach rotating courses in the Creative Writing curriculum-Beginning Poetry, Advanced Poetry, Beginning Fiction, and Advanced Fiction-as well as periodic sections of first-year composition as scheduling allows. The candidate will teach 2-3 courses (6-9 credit-hours) every Fall and Spring trimester.
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Brendan Missett says:

      Hi Erika,

      I look at these listings every Monday and have never said thank you. Thank you. This is such an excellent resource.


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Thank you for that very kind message, Brendan!

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