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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  • Quick reminder that the MARCH issue of The Practicing Writer is in the works and will go out to subscribers later this week. In the meantime, don’t forget to review the current issue one last time for opportunities that remain open.
  • Speaking of the March newsletter, I’ll include there some significant news from Coffee House Press, but I figured it might be helpful to share this item a few days early: This press “will be opening for submissions on March 1, 2019. During our open reading period, we will accept submissions of novels, essays, poetry, short story collections, and book-length nonfiction through our online submissions manager. There is no fee to submit. Submissions will be capped at 300.”
  • There’s only a little bit of time left to act on this opportunity: “Portage Press is accepting submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts. Portage features authors of all kind[s] from the Upper Midwest. An ideal manuscript will feature what the author defines as Upper Midwestern culture. Specifically, Portage would like to feature an author who has the ability to compare and contrast Midwestern culture—someone who embraces the relationship between urbanization and agriculture; someone who has the ability to connect a rural farm in North Dakota with the rush hour traffic of 5 o’clock Chicago, the Apostle Islands in summer and Door County in fall, summer lake cabins and high-rise condos on the East Side.” Payment: “The author’s payment will be 10 copies of the book plus 50% of the royalties Portage Press receives from Amazon. The author will also have the opportunity to purchase additional copies of the book at a rate of 50% of the list price.” The deadline is tomorrow. (I meant what I said about there being only a little bit of time left here!)
  • “The Arts Club of Washington—the oldest nonprofit arts organization in Washington, D.C.—sponsors an annual scholarship to recognize promising students specializing in a specific art form or medium. In 2019, scholarships will be awarded in the category of poetry.” Eligibility: “The competition is open to college students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia who are at least 18 years of age and who have not reached their 27th birthday by January 1, 2019. There is no entry fee.” Prizes: $2,000/$1,000/$750. Deadline: March 4, 2019. (Thanks to for the lead on this one.)
  • Attention, residents of Queens, New York: “The Queens Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 ArtPort Residency, in collaboration with the Port Authority New York and New Jersey, LaGuardia Airport. The Residency offers a unique opportunity to a Queens artist to interact with the thousands of visitors that come through the region daily within the airport, and bring an engaging cultural experience to the space. The ArtPort Residency will be housed in the rotunda of the landmark Marine Air Terminal. During the 3-month residency period, the artist will set up a public studio to create new work in a dedicated 110-square foot space within the Marine Air Terminal, where passersby will be encouraged to engage in conversation about the project with the artist and view works in progress. The artist will also receive a stipend of $6,500.” Four artists will be selected. Deadline: March 8, 2019.
  • The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program provides a safe, creative space for Northeast Ohio-based poets and writers of color to bring a current project to completion. Twelve Literary Arts offers TWO residency opportunities for established poets and writers of prominence and emerging writers of promise. The program is open to poets, fiction writers, journalists, essayists, and playwrights. The residency period for NE Ohio poets and writers is 3 months. The first residency period is April 15, 2019 – July 8, 2019 The second residency period is July 15, 2019 – October 11, 2019. Writers-in-Residence will be provided: a $5,000 stipend; office space at Twelve Literary Arts; at least three opportunities to share works in progress with the general public.” NB: “The position of writer-in-residence is for individuals who will have graduated from undergraduate or graduate school by the time the residency period begins.” Deadline: March 8, 2019.
  • The Paris Review, the nation’s preeminent literary quarterly, seeks a digital director to manage website operations, develop new media features for the organization, and lead digital marketing.” The position is based in New York.
  • Part-time position for a Program Coordinator (remote applicants welcome) with the Logan Nonfiction Program, which “gives independent journalists the time, space and support needed to produce groundbreaking books, long-form articles, documentary films and podcasts that change public discourse. The Logan Nonfiction Program Coordinator will assist the Program Manager in all daily operations of the program, including administration of the application process; social media coordination; writing and editing; and operational duties related to the fellowship, events and conferences.”
  • “The Penn State Altoona English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in creative writing. Candidates should have credentials in at least two genres (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, screenwriting). The program is targeted at early-career writers, preferably without a published book. The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2019 semester (August 26 – December 13, 2019). The resident writer will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses, work informally with our English majors, and seek opportunities for engagement at the College and within the community. We are looking for a writer with publications of at least two genres in literary magazines. Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the work submitted. Successful candidate typically lives in the Altoona area during residency for the Fall 2019 semester. Benefits and housing are not included. A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or English is required; an M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing is preferred. Teaching experience is also preferred.”
  • The University of Texas at Austin is advertising for a Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing and Sr. Lecturer who “plays a central teaching, advising, and administrative role in a strong undergraduate creative writing curriculum within a large English Department. Primary duties include: teaching two creative writing courses per semester, with emphasis in fiction, via workshops, seminars, and related courses; serving as primary administrator for the undergraduate Creative Writing curriculum; overseeing and serving as advisor for a Creative Writing Certificate program. Reporting to the Chair of the Department of English, the Director works in close collaboration with the Undergraduate Advisor, relevant departmental committees, and the Directors of the New Writers Project MFA program.”
  • In Michigan, “Aquinas College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with expertise in creative writing to be part of our expanding English Major with Writing Emphasis and Writing Minor. Teaching load is eight courses (24 credit hours) per year (4-4). Courses taught may include first year composition (as needed), Creative Writing (Intro and Advanced), upper-level poetry and fiction workshops, and other courses as required. Applicants should have experience and expertise as teachers and creative writers and should show experience with writing and publishing in digital environments including social media. Experience with Catholic writers as well as editing literary or other journals is an asset.”
  • “The Department of English at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: Fiction to begin in August 2019. The position is renewable on an annual basis, depending upon funding, need, and performance for up to three years. The teaching load is two courses per semester, and will include fiction workshops at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, the successful applicant may direct graduate and undergraduate creative theses.”