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.
Canada-based Minola Review, which “features all women and is carefully curated for only the strongest, fiercest, most honest voices,” is open for submissions of poetry and prose. Pays: “We pay an honourarium of $20 per published piece.”
From Penina Roth: “Seeking pitches from POC hosts/curators for @lithub column on reading series, Reading Across America. Esp. interested in events outside of NYC. 800-1200 word essays, w/compensation.”
January 31 is the application deadline for residencies at Switzerland’s Villa Sträuli. “The aim of the Villa Sträuli stipend-supported residencies is to provide artists from all fields with an opportunity to work creatively and make new contacts in a stimulating environment. The residencies are designed to support international artists and to promote intercultural exchange. Artists whose main place of residence is Switzerland cannot be awarded residencies.” NB: “One residency will be awarded to an artist from abroad with a project that relates to the residency location (the city of Winterthur).”
“Since 2012, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize has been awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. ‘Place’ may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.” Prize: “The winner will be announced in March 2019, and the winning poet will receive $500 and a published interview. The winning poem will be published on zocalopublicsquare.org.” Deadline: February 4, 2019.
Another poetry contest: “In a continuing celebration of Southern culture and arts, WOKC [White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Atlanta] invites poets from across the South to explore the depths of ‘Wisdom’ this Valentine’s Day. Poems will be evaluated and judged by a university professor from a Southern state. The winning poem on ‘Wisdom’ will receive a $1,500 prize and their poem will be featured on our Valentine’s Day menu.” Eligibility: “The contest is open to all poets who currently reside in and have had residency in one of the following states for a minimum of 12 consecutive months: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)”; “Writers who have published 2 or more full-length collections of poetry or who do not meet the residency requirements are NOT eligible.” NB (and this could be deal-breaker): “All poems submitted will become the property of White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and can be published without further approval of the author.” Deadline: “Poems must be received prior to February 7, 2019.”
Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop? Between the ages of 18 and 30 years old? Currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program? If so, you may be interested in apply for one of “two $7,500 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry, both fiction and nonfiction.” Deadline: February 8, 2019.
In Chicago, “American Libraries magazine, the flagship membership publication of the American Library Association, seeks an Associate Editor to join the editorial and production team that produces the magazine, American Libraries website, American Libraries Direct e-newsletter, Dewey Decibel podcast, and other media products.”
“Counterpoint Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant to work in our Los Angeles office. This assistant will work with an impressive list of critically-acclaimed fiction and non-fiction titles. Reporting to Executive Editor and Vice President Dan Smetanka, the Editorial Assistant will provide administrative support, read and edit manuscripts, be a liason for other departments in the company, and help manage the entire editorial process on a list of about twenty originals per year.”
“Beacon Press, a 150-year-old independent, nonprofit book publisher in Boston that specializes in progressive nonfiction, is hiring a full-time editorial assistant, who will assist two senior editors (one based in Boston and one based in New York City).”
“The English Department at the University of Maine invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Creative Writing—Fiction, anticipated to start September 1, 2019. We seek a fiction writer with the ability to teach creative-writing workshops and literature courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We are especially interested in candidates with knowledge of and ability to teach Canadian literature. Our department has a commitment, both in its curriculum and its long-standing reading series, to innovative prose and diverse voices. Writers who bring new perspectives and/or work in experimental forms, such as speculative fiction, fabulist fiction, hybrid work, or autofiction, are encouraged to apply. The ordinary teaching assignment is 3/2.”
“The Department of English at Middle Tennessee State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with specialties in Fiction Creative Writing and Latino Literature. (#136120). Start date for this position is August 1, 2019. The successful candidate’s teaching will include introductory and advanced creative writing workshops, majors-level courses in Latino Literature and Culture and General Education courses.”
An Assistant/Associate Professor position is available at SUNY-Adirondack. “We seek an experienced teacher of writing with a background in journalism, feature writing and/or creative non-fiction. Applicants must have experience incorporating various learning styles and methods of delivery into their instruction and be committed to fostering freedom of inquiry, critical thought, imagination, and diverse perspectives. Excellent in writing and interpersonal skills are required. Preference will be given to individuals who have experience teaching at community colleges and in programs for at-risk students, including ALP and other forms of learning communities. There is a standard 5/5 teaching load with class sizes that range from 15 to 25.”