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

  • “hello! we’re the pretty cool poetry thing. we make little index card zines of poetry and organize the occasional poetry reading. we’re based out of Rochester, NY, but are focused on mailing out our zines to anywhere you want ‘em. we don’t publish online – there’s plenty of very good online lit mags that do that. we don’t publish bound books or glossy magazines – again, plenty of good lit mags that do that. we publish our poems on good ol’ index cards because they’re cheap, cute and pocket-sized. because it’s so cheap to make, we’re able to pay our poets.” Pays: “we pay. depending on sales / number of poets, the amount will fall between $10 to $20. it’s not much, but it’s not zero! and of course, you get a contributor’s copy. i mean, of course.” (Thanks to @Duotrope for the tip about this one.)
  • From Curiosity Magazine: “Hi writers! We’re looking for #essays about travel+love and/or #food+love for February. Be creative in your interpretations. Send drafts or detailed pitches with writing samples to Our rate for these is $200.”
  • From Catapult’s Megha Majumdar: “I’m looking for personal essays with an aspect of research/fieldwork! Writers, if you’re developing a nonfiction book, and want to try playing w a piece of it in an essay, pitch me. I acquire for magazine & books, so I’m excited about the *possibilities!* Examples follow. We pay.” (HT @WeisChoice)
  • Conditionally Accepted, an Inside Higher Education column, is “once again looking for pitches. We pay (promptly) and hope to showcase the work of scholars on the margins.”
  • Per the editor’s mention in the latest newsletter, Funds for Writers is open to pitches. Pays: “$50 for unpublished original articles; $15 for reprints.”
  • From Brooklyn Poets: “Each workshop season, we award fellowships to promising students in need to take a workshop for free. We also award fellowship finalists with a deep discount on registration. Applicants must not be enrolled in a degree program with access to creative writing instruction or have previously published (or had accepted for publication) a book of poems. Additionally, applicants who hold a graduate degree in creative writing (MA/MFA/PhD) will be considered separately for only one fellowship award per season. All applicants are limited to one fellowship lifetime.” Deadline: January 27.
  • Reminder: The month’s about half over, but plenty of listings from January’s Practicing Writer newsletter remain open for entries/submissions.
  • The Los Angeles Times is looking for two op-ed editors.
  • In Washington, “The New Republic is looking for a clever, industrious, and experienced digital journalist to join our team as our social media editor.”
  • In New York City, “the National Arts Club is seeking an enthusiastic and self-motivated candidate for a full-time Media/Marketing Communications Coordinator position. Applicants must be responsible, digitally and technically savvy, detail-oriented with strong communication and writing skills, as well as the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.”
  • Also in New York, “70 Faces Media is seeking a smart, detail-oriented editorial assistant to join our suite of Jewish lifestyle brands — Kveller, Alma, and The Nosher. The ideal candidate is an excellent writer with an interest in pop culture, politics, parenting, food, feminism, and issues that impact women at all stages of life. Excellent editing and writing skills, strong attention to detail, a keen visual eye, and the ability to stay on top of a variety of tasks are key to success at this job. We are also looking for someone who is social media savvy, can keep a finger on the pulse of trends and Jewish news, and has a love of all things internet-y (and who can come up with a better word than internet-y).Some familiarity with Jewish culture and traditions is helpful.”
  • In Holyoke, Massachusetts, an “education program for teen mothers needs poetry teacher for classroom instruction, anthology editing and writers series organization.”
  • “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. MFA in Creative Writing or ABD/PhD in English or Creative Writing must be completed by hire date. Applicants should have a book and/or a strong record of poetry publications.”
  • At Chatham University in Pittsburgh, they’re seeking an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Literature. “The preferred candidate will be a versatile writer of prose, preferably creative nonfiction, and scholarship. The department seeks to expand our focus within English literature to include, for instance, Caribbean, American Indian/Native American and someone who can teach environmental literature from a non-white perspective.”
  • Chatham University is also looking for an Associate Professor/Professor and Chair of Humanities.
  • “The English Department of Bowling Green State University [Ohio] seeks a fiction writer to serve as the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer.”
  • At the University of Baltimore, “the Klein Family School of Communications Design seeks a half-time lecturer specializing in digital platform writing and editing including public relations writing and social media writing.”
  • 2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    1. Lanette D Sweeney says:

      My virtual writing buddy and friend Elaine Thomas sent me this newsletter to tell me about a job that was listed — but I love the whole newsletter and would be thrilled to receive it regularly. Thanks very much for putting this together for us!

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        Hi, Lanette, and welcome! If you scroll down the right side of our home page, you’ll see an option to “Subscribe to Practicing Writing.” Occasionally, though, that feed misfires. There is also an option to subscribe at, but at this time, that will subscribe you to BOTH the Practicing Writing and My Machberet blogs.

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