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.
tabletop with computer keyboard, coffee, and wallet; text label that reads "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply and Paying gigs only

  • The Commuter, Electric Literature’s “home for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives,” is accepting prose flash fiction submissions between January 28 and February 4. Writers may submit up to three pieces of prose that together total no more than 1500 words. Pays: “If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.”
  • freeze frame fiction, which publishes “digital flash fiction,” is open for submissions until January 31. Pays: “$10 per accepted piece.”
  • ICYM this when I shared it on the My Machberet blog last Friday: The Jewish Women’s Archive has issued a call for submissions, to be addressed to their blog editor, on Twitter. “We accept: Op-Eds, essays, listicles, interviews, reviews, and occasional poetry submissions!” (I asked about payment: “We DO pay our writers! ? Rates vary, so it’s best to contact us!”)
  • New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is currently seeking Public Artists in Residence for four agencies: NYC Department for the Aging, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Records and Information Services, and NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “The selected artists will have demonstrated experience and excellence in socially engaged art or collaborative art practice addressing social and political issues relevant to the host City agency. Artists working in all media welcome to apply.” Be sure to check the detailed descriptions pertaining to each of the sites for the specific challenges/issues the agencies seek artists to address. NB: “Artists may apply to multiple open calls, but can only be selected for one position. A separate application must be submitted for each agency.” The application deadline is February 24, 2019. Payment: “PAIR funding per residency is $40,000: $20,000 for the Research Phase and $20,000 for the Implementation Phase. Funding is inclusive of related project expenses (e.g., printing, materials, equipment, video production, etc.). All funds are paid directly to the artist, who is responsible for managing their own project budgets and submitting invoices on a timely basis. No additional funding is provided. We recommend that the artist take a $20,000 artist fee and use $20,000 for the project budget. However, it is up the to the artist’s discretion to use the fee as they see fit.”
  • Via Allison Joseph’s CRWROPPS-B list, I found news of a new set of opportunities from [PANK] (and I’ll admit that I’m delighted, if shocked, to see no fees indicated): “We are pleased to announce the inaugural [PANK] Books Contest!” Each grand prize (for full-length books in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) will include $1000, plus a $500 publicity campaign, plus an invitation to a book launch/signing/reading at AWP 2020, plus an invitation to a New York City book reading, plus 25 author copies. Grand prize winners will also serve as contest judges the following year. NB: There is *also* a “Little Book” prize for “chapbooks of any genre: Poetry, Novellas, Short Stories Collections, Essay Collections, Long-form Essays, Lyric Essays.” The cash award in this case is $500. Deadline is September 1, 2019, so you’ve got lots of time to learn more.
  • Coming this week: the February issue of The Practicing Writer newsletter. Until then, you can still make use of many of the listings in the current (January) issue.
  • From Poets & Writers: “We are currently accepting applications for three part-time Literary Outreach Coordinators, one each in Detroit, Houston, and New Orleans. As part of a pilot project funded by the Hearst Foundations, Literary Outreach Coordinators will be equal parts community organizers and local correspondents, responsible for increasing awareness of Poets & Writers’ tools and resources for writers with a special focus on the availability of grants through our Readings & Workshops Program. With extensive support from Poets & Writers, Outreach Coordinators will have a unique opportunity to strengthen the literary community and help writers in their city.” Pays: “Outreach Coordinators should anticipate committing an average of seven to ten hours per week, and will be paid a stipend of $500 per month. Work will begin in February 2019 and end in December 2020. There will be an in-person training in New York City in late February or early March; travel expenses will be covered.”
  • The Center for Fiction (Brooklyn) is looking for a Writing Programs Manager. They’re also seeking part-time booksellers.
  • “The Guardian is now looking for an Assistant Editor, Books and Interviews to join the New York team.”
  • The literary journal Witness is seeking a Managing Editor: “This is a year-round, part-time position (approximately 10 hours/week, no benefits). Pay is dispersed via a flat monthly stipend, commensurate with experience. This is a Las Vegas based position. Applicants should have at least two years of managerial experience and three years of editorial experience, preferably in the role of Managing Editor.”
  • Announced via Oklahoma State University: “The Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM invites applications for the 2019 Jim and Linda Burke Visiting Scholar or Writer in modern or contemporary literature, writing, and/or the arts of New Mexico or the Southwest. The visiting writer or scholar will interact with students enrolled in a joint undergraduate/graduate creative writing seminar in Taos, “Writing the New Mexican Landscape,” (May 20 – 31, 2019). In this course, participants will read, write, and workshop creative nonfiction that integrates the physical, cultural, and historical landscape of New Mexico….The scholar or writer also will be expected to deliver a public talk or give a public reading while in Taos and will be invited to do the same at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. The honorarium is $5,000. In addition, the Center will cover the expenses associated with the recipient’s Stillwater stay.”
  • “Scripps College, a women’s liberal arts college with a strong interdisciplinary tradition, invites applications for a distinguished visiting writer for the Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Writing during the spring semester of 2020. The successful candidate will serve as the Mary Routt Chair of Writing throughout the spring semester (mid-January to mid-May). The Chair will design and teach one writing workshop course and give two public readings or talks. We are looking for candidates with a significant record of publication in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry; we prefer candidates who can show evidence of outstanding teaching ability. Salary is $60,000. Recent Mary Routt Chairs include Chris Kraus (current), Rachel Kushner, Sarah Manguso, Andrew Sean Greer, William Deresiewicz, Danzy Senna, and Meghan O’Rourke.”
  • From Eastern Michigan University: “The Department of English Language and Literature announces courses available for the Fall 2018 Semester. The program anticipates that we may need instructors for Creative Writing 201, a general education course that introduces students to diverse genres in creative writing. Instructors are expected to introduce students to fiction and poetry as well as one other creative writing genre in the areas of performance writing, new media, or creative nonfiction.”