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.
Cascadia always looking for compelling stories, great journalism, and photographs that express what it’s like to be a human being in the Pacific Northwest. As a new publication, we’re interested in working with both new and established creators.” NB: “We’re looking for work by and/or about the Pacific Northwest. We’re a regional publication and seek to publish work by writers living in or from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, southeast Alaska, northern California, Idaho, and western Montana.” Pays: “For fiction and essays, we pay between $50-100 per piece. We pay $50 total for poetry (including selections of multiple poems by one author). Payment for feature articles ranges from $100-$350 depending on length and depth of reporting. We pay between $25 and $50 per photo or illustration.” (Hat tip to @Duotrope for introducing me to this one.)
Rialto, based in the UK, is open for poetry submissions until February 14. Pays: “We currently pay £20 per poem on publication.”
ProPublica’s Diversity Scholarship program is offering “need-based scholarships for 20 students to attend an eligible journalism conference in 2019. Anyone who is a U.S. resident is welcome to apply. We especially encourage students from an underrepresented group — including people of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities — to apply.” Deadline: February 15, 2019. NB: “High school, college and grad school students are all welcome to apply. You must be a student at the time of application, but it’s OK if you’re graduating this spring.” (Thanks to @bostonbibliophl for the lead on this one.)
Wisconsin residents and students: You, as well as registered participants of the 2019 Lakefly Writers Conference, may wish to take note of writing contest opportunities for flash fiction, poetry, and essays. Cash prizes will be awarded. NB: “Winners must be able to attend our awards ceremony,” which is scheduled for May 11 in Oshkosh. Contest entry deadline: March 1, 2019.
“From July through December 2019, Springboard for the Arts’ Hinge Arts Residency program (Minnesota) welcomes U.S. writers, filmmakers, musicians, visual, performance and interdisciplinary artists for career development or project-based residencies. Three types of residencies are being offered: Career Development, Homecoming or Alumni. One artist participates in the residency at a time, with a total of approximately 9-20 participants throughout the year.” NB: It appears that some travel funds are available to residents from out-of-state. Deadline: March 1, 2019. (Thanks to FundsforWriters.com for the lead on this one.)
“The Ida B. Wells Fellowship promotes diversity in journalism by helping to create a pipeline of investigative reporters of color who bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, and interests to their work. The one-year fellowship helps reporters complete their first substantial work of investigative reporting by providing a $16,000 award and editorial guidance from a dedicated editor at Type Investigations, formerly known as The Investigative Fund. Fellows will also receive funds to cover travel and other reporting costs, and the costs associated with attending the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors conference, as well as a one-week data reporting boot camp. They will enjoy access to research resources, legal assistance, professional mentors and assistance with story placement and publicity. Type Investigations holds an annual competition in the spring to select the fellows, who will be expected to publish or air their findings in a U.S. media outlet within one year of the start of the fellowship. We’ll be selecting five fellows for 2019. This fellowship is a one-time educational opportunity and is non-renewable.” Deadline: March 1, 2019.
For those in the area of New Bedford, Massachusetts: “Local, New Bedford-area artists who create art such as painting, drawing, poetry, prose, music, weaving, etc.” are invited to apply for the Artist in Residence program at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. “Each artist in residence will receive a stipend up to $2,500.” Application deadline: March 31, 2019.
Full time job with Book of the Month (New York): “If you are looking to leverage your editorial and book knowledge into a career including ecommerce, brand building, content marketing, and process management, this could be a perfect fit for you. We are looking to hire a hard-working, ambitious Editorial Assistant to support our Editorial Director in running and building Book of the Month. If you are interested in learning more about business and also have scary-authoritative knowledge of contemporary lit, we want to hear from you!”
Words Without Borders is looking for a Digital Marketing & Communications Manager. “This part-time position requires a three-day per week commitment and will be based out of Words Without Borders’ Brooklyn office.”
National Novel Writing Month is advertising for a Community Manager. “As the owner of our email help desk, they interact directly with participants every day—and advocate internally for ways our programs and sites might better serve them. The Community Manager also moves the needle on key engagement pieces: they work on volunteer, library, and educator initiatives to implement NaNoWriMo around the world; they pursue year-round opportunities (e.g., conferences and events) to connect with our audience. Plus, they get to run our Instagram page.” NB: “The Community Manager position is part-time. Its hours are 40% for the majority of the year, and ramp up to 80% in October and November. Because of this schedule, the role is best suited to an employee with flexible availability—like a student, writer, freelancer, or someone already working part-time.”
The Writers Series of Traverse City, also known as the National Writers Series, describes itself as “one of the largest year-round book festivals in the country.” A position is available for a Teaching Fellow. “The job is a 9.5-month position, 30 hours per week, which pays $750 per week. We also provide a nicely furnished, two-bedroom apartment located in the heart of Traverse City and pay utilities.”
“The English Department at Allegheny College invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Fiction Writing, starting August 2019. The ideal candidate will be an active writer of literary fiction whose work and professional interests intersect with African Diasporic Literatures, and who will be able to contribute to the College’s Black Studies Program. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate courses in fiction writing, introductory literature, and Diasporic African Literatures.”
From Roger Williams University in Rhode Island: “The Department of English Literature and Creative Writing seeks qualified applicants for Fall 2019 semester appointment to teach CW 210 Form in Poetry (required for BFA in Creative Writing Program). The course is an introductory course, required of all majors, and emphasizes the notion of “form” from narrative, lyrical, and traditional/received-forms poetry, with a particular emphasis on contemporary work. Course meetings include discussion and writing/revision studio.”
At Tacoma Community College, “the position of Humanities Professor Adjunct is a part-time faculty position contracted on a quarterly basis. Classes assigned to the successful candidate may be on campus, hybrid online, or fully online with an online learning management system (Canvas) component for some class materials.”