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, none of them limiting eligibility to residents of a single municipality, state, or province (this blog, on the other hand, does include those more restricted opportunities).
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

  • Recently opened for entries: the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize for debut works (fiction and narrative nonfiction) by women and nonbinary authors of color. Prize includes “a $5,000 advance (half at the time of the initial award and half upon publication) and a contract to publish their book with the Feminist Press in print and digital editions in spring 2021.” Deadline: June 28, 2019.
  • Attention, Arizonans: “Artist Opportunity Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact an artist’s work and career. This grant supports and empowers artists at critical stages in their creative lives as you work to raise the profile of your artistic practice and continue to innovate your work.” You may request between $500 and $2,000 in funding. Deadlines: Two more deadlines are available during this cycle: Monday, April 15, and Wednesday, May 15. NB: “Eligible opportunities must take place between January 1 – June 30, 2019.” (HT
  • “The Collegeville Institute is looking for regular contributing writers to join our bi-weekly online publication Bearings Online. Regular Contributors write an article, essay, or book review (ranging from 800 – 1200 words) once every two months as part of a rotation with other contributors. Writing should examine relationships between religion and culture in new and interesting ways, highlight unexplored facets of contemporary religious life, and suggest faithful responses to today’s problems and opportunities.” Check the announcement for sample topics. Pays: “We pay $50 per piece and promote our writers through social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and our monthly email newsletter.” Application deadline: April 15. (HT @MaryannCorbett)
  • Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for experienced freelance book reviewers in the following categories: Christian Living, Memoir, Self-Help, Science Fiction/Fantasy reviewers familiar with Asian and/or Eastern European literature, Children’s/Young Adult. Book enthusiasts with an education and a background in specific areas preferred, although newcomers are always welcome.” Pays: “PW pays a modest honorarium per review.”
  • REMINDER: A brand-new issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers yesterday. Check your email for its provision of another two dozen fee-free, paying opportunities for your work. (This issue will also remain online until the next one replaces it.)
  • In New York, the Jewish Book Council “seeks a full-time marketing & digital content associate who will manage JBC’s digital presence, help the organization take its digital strategy to the next level, expand its audience and content, and contribute to all aspects of JBC’s programming.”
  • Also in New York: The Poetry Society of America is hiring an Executive Director.
  • “The English Department at the University of South Florida is hiring a one-year (9-month), non-tenure earning visiting assistant professor to start August 7, 2019. The position is not renewable, though the department anticipates a tenure-track opening in 2020. Teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate creative nonfiction and undergraduate poetry. Course load is 2/2. Additional duties include serving on graduate thesis committees. Salary is $65,000.”
  • Michigan State University is advertising for a fixed-term Assistant Professor: “The successful applicant must be able to teach a multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing, as well as single-genre workshops in at least two of the following: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Arizona is seeking adjunct lecturers on a part-time basis to teach creative writing courses at the undergraduate level for Fall 2019 and possibly Spring 2020. Anticipated needs are in fiction.”