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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, where you’ll always find more listings.
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  • ICYMI: The new (December) issue of The Practicing Writer has gone out to subscribers. It’s packed with additional calls and comps, none of them charging fees to submit/enter, and all of them offering cash payment/prizes. (It also features what has come to be an annual December feature: book recommendations from and for practicing writers. Perfect as you work on those lists of books to give others–or yourself–at holiday time.) Subscribe (if you haven’t already) and be sure to give the issue some of your time.
  • Also now available: the December-January-February “Where to Submit” list from Entropy. NB: Payment (or lack thereof) is NOT typically indicated here (cash prizes for contests and residency stipends excepted). But I simply have not (yet) had the time to sift through this massive list for the paying opportunities—you may be able to do so before I can! On the definite plus side, the list DOES indicate entry/processing fees. So that’s a real plus.
  • Re-opened for submissions: Event, “one of Western Canada’s longest-running literary magazines,” which welcomes “submissions written in English from around the world.” NB: “Please note that during our open submissions period, if our maximum number of submissions per month in Submittable is exceeded, there may be a temporary cut off until the beginning of the following month.” Pays: “For poetry we pay, upon publication, a minimum of $35/page, up to a maximum of $500, along with two copies of the issue. For prose we pay, upon publication, a minimum of $30/page, up to a maximum of $500, along with two copies of the issue.” (Presumably, this is all in Canadian dollars.)
  • Seattle’s Hugo House, “a place for writers,” is currently receiving scholarship applications for Winter Quarter. “Tuition assistance requests for Winter Quarter must be received by December 7, 2018. A limited number of scholarships are available each term. These are need-based scholarships.”
  • For New York State writers and artists from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts: “Our application portal is now open for our free summer residencies! Deadline: January 2, 2019. We offer one month and two week residencies that include a studio, a private living space and vegetarian meals cooked by our in-house chef. The best part: there is no submission fee and no cost to attend if accepted. NEW in 2019: a short, free, 6-night residency specifically for New York State artist/writer parents who have at least one dependent (under 18) child at home.”
  • “The HistoryMakers – the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive – invites proposals for one of two $5,000 Creative Study Fellowship awards created from funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the period of Summer 2019 (April–August 2019). Submission is open to both established and emerging artists (faculty and students) at all stages of their careers. Applicants work must come out of their use of, and/or be inspired by, content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. The HistoryMakers Creative Study Fellowship awards will be awarded to composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers or other kinds of artists or humanists working in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), performance (theatrical productions, documentaries, monologues) and poetry, to enable recipients to set aside time for writing; provide research, travel, and project support; as well as general career advancement. The fellowship awards are expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation. Finished products generated by awardees will be featured on The HistoryMakers website, and will compete for inclusion in The HistoryMakers 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Library of Congress (November 6-7, 2020).” NB: “Applicants must be currently enrolled students or faculty members at one of The HistoryMakers subscribing institutions [see the announcement for a list of these institutions]. Applicants must be either U.S. citizens or unconditional permanent residents. Applicants need not have special expertise in African American history.” Application deadline: March 1, 2019.
  • In New York, “The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for the position of Book Editor. We seek an energetic, creative individual with exceptional editorial skills. The Book Editor is responsible for a broad range of materials published by the Morgan, including but not limited to exhibition catalogues, exhibition brochures, wall panels, exhibition labels, and other didactics. The Book Editor will collaborate closely with curators and outside authors to rewrite, reorder and correct content. This position will organize and shepherd publications through each stage of production, i.e., manuscript, galleys, page proofs, composed proofs, and printing. It will also provide direction to outside vendors, such as freelance editors, proofreaders, designers, and printers. This position reports to the Publications Manager and supervises an Assistant Editor and Editorial Assistant.”
  • Harvard magazine [Massachusetts] is looking for a Staff Writer/Editor.
  • In Ithaca, New York, “the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking an associate editor to produce the Cornell Lab’s Online Bird Guide, a premier destination for North American bird information on the All About Birds website, which reaches more than 14 million visitors per year. The associate editor will join our Birds of the World digital publication teams generating authoritative, accessible information about birds for education, citizen science, and conservation.”
  • At Stanford University [California], “the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program are conducting a search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor fiction writer. Candidates are expected to have a record of distinguished publication, including two completed books of fiction. Of these, both may be published, or one may be published and the second not yet published but under contract.”
  • “The Department of English at Hartwick College [New York] invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Creative Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting in August 2019, pending final administrative approval. We seek candidates with expertise in teaching fiction and creative nonfiction.”
  • “The English Department at Western New England University [Massachusetts] seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor with experience as a practitioner and teacher of Creative Nonfiction to contribute in that area to our undergraduate Creative Writing and MFA programs.”
  • “Shenandoah University’s College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of English and Writing beginning August 2019. This is a full time benefited faculty position located at our main campus in Winchester, Virginia….We seek a professional writer who will serve Shenandoah University’s mission to educate and inspire students to be critical, reflective thinkers who have the ability to make responsible contributions through effective communication across fields, disciplines, and communities. Primary teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate first-year composition, professional writing, creative writing, writing courses targeting non-English majors, and courses in the candidate’s area of specialization.”
  • “The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay seeks a tenure-track faculty member in Creative Writing, specializing in one or more of the following: electronic literature, digital or interactive storytelling, screenwriting, scriptwriting, and/or writing for narrative media (podcasting, animation, comics, videogames, film, and/or television).”
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