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.

  • Rebel Mountain Press “is now accepting writing and artwork from disabled and disabled-identifying creators for their forthcoming Disabled Voices anthology.” Pays: “$20-30 CAD per published work. All contributors will be sent one free copy of the anthology.” Deadline: October 31. (via @Duotrope)
  • “Each year, The Lindenwood Review offers an open contest with no entry fee. In past issues, we have offered contests for lyric essays, flash fiction, prose poetry, and novel chapters. For issue 9, we are happy to announce our Flash Nonfiction Contest, for creative nonfiction/personal essays/lyric essays that are no longer than 500 words. The winner will receive $50, publication in issue 9 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies.” Deadline: November 1.
  • From Rachel Louise Martin: “I’m a guest editor for @Narratively, & I’m putting together a series about the politics of memory. Details are in the thread.” Deadline: November 12.
  • From Corinne Segal: “I’m very excited to say I’ll be joining @lithub as a senior editor next month, writing and publishing stories on writers, writing + literary culture! Say hi (and pitch me).”
  • The Frontier New Voices Fellowship “exists to give opportunity and access to poets often excluded into the margins of our community. We’re seeking emerging writers traditionally under represented by mainstream magazines and presses, in order to make that ‘breaking in’ a little easier. Twice a year, we will award a poet with the Frontier Fellowship: $500 grant meant to be used toward covering industry submission costs, multiple publications (original poetry and prose) in Frontier, participation in our editorial community, and introductions to agents and presses. We customize our fellowships to meet the needs of our chosen fellow: hours per month, number of publications, and publication involvement will vary based on our fellow’s availability.” NB: “For the Winter Fellow of 2019, we are accepting applications from poets who are from native nations and/or identify as an indigenous writer.” Deadline: November 30.
  • Coming this week: a new (November) issue of The Practicing Writer. It will be packed with additional calls and comps, none of them charging fees to submit/enter, and all of them offering cash payment/prizes. Subscribe (if you haven’t already) and be sure to give the current (October) issue a final look for opportunities that are still open.
  • Atlas Obscura is hiring two new Editorial Fellows to join our team and craft original content about history, science, geography, exploration—any subject that’s filled with wonder and surprise. You’ll write short articles as well as longer, more deeply reported pieces, and contribute to our databases of wondrous places and foods. This entry-level position is paid, and lasts six months, from a start date of January 2, 2019. It is based in our offices in Brooklyn, New York.” NB: Application deadline is November 9. (via @MEOJobs)
  • In Charlottesville, Virginia Quarterly Review is hiring a copy editor.
  • In Washington, “Air & Space/Smithsonian Magazine seeks an experienced Departments Editor in our Washington, D.C. office to coordinate and oversee the production of the magazine’s departments to keep them lively, informative, and entertaining. This key role has specific responsibility for front-of-book columns.”
  • In New York, “the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) is seeking a razor-sharp opinion editor to launch a robust opinion vertical for our famed global Jewish news service. This editor will commission op-eds and first-person essays that provoke conversation around issues of Jewish affairs on topics including politics, policy, pop culture, religion, and the arts. The ideal candidate will have experience in opinion journalism and digital media as well as an eye for what people are talking about and a deep knowledge of Jewish issues and understanding of Israel affairs. We are looking for op-eds that offer innovative solutions to current or persistent problems; unexpected ways of thinking about a familiar topic; or skillful articulation of a topic that is of great current interest. We are also committed to reflecting the complex ideological and religious diversity of the English-speaking Jewish world.”
  • Also: “Signature Theatre, one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theatres, is seeking a Content Coordinator to join our Marketing team.”
  • In Ohio, “the Department of English at John Carroll University invites applications for a one-year Hopkins Postgraduate Fellowship in Fiction/Non-Fiction, specifically in fiction with a secondary specialty in nonfiction, starting in Fall 2019. The teaching load will be two courses per semester.”
  • “The Writing Program at NYU Shanghai is pleased to invite applications for the Emerging Writer Teaching Fellowship in Creative Writing. In addition to core first- and second-year writing courses, the Writing Program offers a creative writing minor, and a robust culture of readings and student engagement in the literary arts. The Emerging Writer Fellow will teach a 2:1; all classes will be creative writing workshops. The writer is expected to undertake research and writing for a current project-in-development. The writer must be in residence in Shanghai for the duration of each semester and should participate actively in the literary life of the university, including one or more public readings. Writers with expertise in any genre or combination of genres may apply.” Eligibility guidelines, including some associated with Chinese visa regulations, are outlined in the announcement.
  • “The Department of English at the University of Southern Indiana invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in creative writing specializing in Poetry to begin in August 2019.”
  • In New York, “St. Bonaventure University invites applications for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, with responsibilities to begin with the fall 2019 semester. The successful candidate will teach courses in creative writing, primarily in poetry, but also in fiction, and will also teach additional courses in first-year writing and advanced composition or literature, depending on qualifications and departmental needs.”
  • In North Carolina, “the creative writing department of Warren Wilson College seeks a creative nonfiction writer to join our faculty and assist us in shaping our growing program. The department enjoys a close relationship with the renowned Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, including an undergraduate course where students participate in an MFA residency and a twice-yearly Writer-in-Residence drawn from the MFA faculty. We offer a creative writing major and minor with emphases in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. In addition, we host a reading series and the College supports a literary journal and an undergraduate research journal.”
  • In Texas, Sam Houston State University is hiring an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing – Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction).
  • 8 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Jolie Kanat says:

      Howdy Erika!

      Thank you so much for the lead for submissions for Hannukah Lights on NPR. I just wanted to let you know I sent in a submission in the window of the deadline and have received only radio silence. No pun intended.

      No acknowledgement, even of receipt, which seems unusual.

      Perhaps I am suffering from WSA (Writer Submission Anxiety), or perhaps Madeline is just not that into me. Either way, I wanted to make sure the address was correct: mclement and that she is getting submissions. Since you offered the original lead (no good deed goes unpunished), I was hoping you could confirm that we have the correct conduit.

      Thank you! And thank you for your great posts.

      Jolie Kanat

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Jolie, I checked with Madeline, and she says that she indeed received your story. Moreover, “everyone will have a response one way or another within the next few weeks.” Good luck!

        1. Erika,

          I was just going to write to you with the same question Jolie asked. I had also submitted a story to Madeline with no acknowledgement of receipt. I’m glad to know the email was indeed correct.

          Thank you for this and all your other fantastic listings of opportunities for writers.


          1. Erika Dreifus says:

            Thanks for your kind words, Linda.

    2. Looking forward to November’s newsletter. Thanks for all you do to support writers.

    3. Csilla Toldy says:

      Dear Erika,

      I just wanted to thank you for your hard work in collecting material and compiling the weekly newsletters. Having found out about the opportunity through you, I pitched a personal essay to Ploughshares which was accepted and it is now published on their blog.
      I am delighted and very grateful to you.

      Best wishes,


      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Csilla, thank you so much for this marvelous news! I will go look for your piece when I can, but please feel free to share the link yourself. Many congratulations!

        1. Csilla Toldy says:

          Thank you, Erika.

          I am sharing it here, being aware that it is a timely read, sadly.

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