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.

  • Michigan Quarterly Review is receiving fee-free submissions until November 30! “Payment is $100 per prose piece and $25 per poem.” UPDATE: ALTHOUGH I WAS MYSELF ABLE TO SUBMIT WORK YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), MQR HAS ALREADY ENDED THE SUBMISSIONS PERIOD (EARLY).
  • Barrelhouse has re-opened for nonfiction submissions. Remember: “Barrelhouse is interested only in essays that deal, in one way or another, with pop culture, though pop culture here is defined in a fairly broad way.” Pays: $50.
  • For those who are (or who teach) college students in the greater Pittsburgh area: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards “are open to all high school and college students in the Pittsburgh area and any remote CMU locations. We seek personal narratives dealing with individual experience of racial or cultural difference or personal reflections on Dr. King’s legacy that rely on concrete detail. The top three winners receive cash prizes.” Deadline: November 23, 2018.
  • Paper Darts’s Third Micro-Fiction Award will be judged by Leesa Cross-Smith: 200 words on the theme of “bright.” Prize: $100 and publication. Deadline: November 30, 2018. (Thanks to @largeheartedboy for the tip on this one.)
  • From Headway Quarterly: “We are excited to announce that submissions are open for our inaugural writing contest—which we hope will be the first of many. The details: We are accepting entries of any previously unpublished writing on the theme of ‘mutants and mutation.’ In addition to a $100 prize, we will solicit Process Materials from the winner and will publish the winning entry in the next issue of Headway.” Deadline: December 1, 2018 (via
  • Fellowship position with Poets & Writers: “The Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Online Editorial Fellow will work with the editorial department, assisting in the production of content for This paid fellowship will provide experience in the production of online content and the management of a dynamic, highly trafficked website.The position is best suited to a graduate student or an individual who has recently completed a graduate degree; however, other qualified and motivated candidates will also be considered. The fellow will work twenty hours per week for ten months, providing valuable support as well as fresh insight and creativity to our team. In turn, Poets & Writers will provide a comprehensive apprenticeship in online editorial work.” NB: “This half-time fellowship begins in late November or early December 2018 and ends in September 2019. The required office hours are 9AM to 1PM, Monday through Friday. The salary is $12,400 for the term of the fellowship ($15.50/hour). P&W will be pleased to cooperate with the fellow’s school to provide credit, if so requested.” This one has an imminent application deadline: November 20.
  • ICYMI: I shared some fellowship opportunities in Jewish journalism last Friday over on the My Machberet blog.
  • The Los Angeles Times is looking for a Books Editor.
  • In Chicago, the American Library Association “is seeking an Associate Editor to join the Books for Youth department of Booklist Publications, a unit of ALA publishing.”
  • In New York, “Library of America, an acclaimed nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, is seeking a qualified person with a recent MA or PhD degree for a full-time, two-year Position in Public Humanities funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Scholar in Public Humanities (SIPH) will assist in the development and implementation of Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters Today, a national public humanities initiative comprising a groundbreaking anthology, public conversations with poets, literary scholars, and historians in public libraries, museums, and other venues around the country, and a website and supporting materials that will explore the multifaceted African American poetic tradition, its place in the history of American culture over 250 years, and its continuing vitality and importance. The program is presented in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Poetry Society of America, and the Academy of American Poets, among other organizations. The SIPH will be exposed to various aspects of nonprofit humanities publishing and a broad range of public programming and will form an integral part of the project team, involved in strategy, planning, and execution, under the direct guidance of experts in the field of public humanities.”
  • “The MFA Low-Residency Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University [Massachusetts] seeks a creative, innovative individual with significant professional accomplishment to serve as the Director. This is a 12-month permanent faculty appointment, at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank, with administrative and teaching responsibilities, beginning July 1, 2019.”
  • “The University of Alaska Fairbanks English Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing with a specialization in Poetry and a strong publication record. Position to start August 2019. The department offers both an MFA and an undergraduate creative writing minor.”
  • An assistant professorship here: “The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) and the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) seek a dynamic writer and educator working in experimental or innovative prose, including speculative fiction, fabulist fiction, cross-genre memoir, lyric essay, or other hybrid forms, and in poetics that inquire into the social, cultural, and/or technological aspects of writing. Individuals whose work speaks to social, environmental, and/or racial justice, and/or indigenous issues are particularly encouraged to apply.”
  • “The Department of Writing in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Pratt Institute invites applications for the full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in creative writing to begin Fall 2019. The newly-created Department of Writing, located on Pratt’s historic 25-acre campus in the vibrant neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, offers an MFA, BFA, and minor in creative writing.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Tom Ray says:

      Hi, Erika. The Michigan Quarterly Review webpage says, as you do, that they are accepting submissions until November 30. However, when I hit the “Click here to submit” button I was sent to their submittable page, which says, “There are presently no open calls for submissions.”

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Hi, Tom. Yes, someone else made me aware of that earlier this morning. All I can tell you is a) I was able to submit my own work as late as yesterday and b) I have asked MQR to clarify: I’d hoped to have more info already, but while I wait for MQR to respond, I’ll just update the post to reflect what I know!

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