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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 sometimes include those more restricted opportunities).
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  • Catapult is currently open for fiction and narrative nonfiction submissions for possible publication on its website.
  • Catapult is also receiving anthology submissions: “Tiny Nightmares will be a collection of short and terrifying tales of monsters, madness, and nightmares. The anthology follows up on Tiny Crimes, an anthology of short crime fiction featuring stories by Carmen Maria Machado, Yuri Herrera, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, and more. For Tiny Nightmares, we’re seeking short stories that play with and expand the boundaries of horror fiction — think of the stretch of unlit highway between Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream, and Stephen King’s IT. Stories that turn our understanding of ‘scary’ on its (trembling) head.” Payment: $100. Deadline: May 1.
  • Also posting a deadline of May 1: the University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series, which “seeks manuscripts of contemporary poetry and fiction that exhibit a profound attention to language, strong imagination, formal inventiveness, and awareness of one’s literary roots.”
  • Posted over the weekend in a Facebook group by Michael Hammerle of Middle House Review: “Free submissions open to #translations and #CNF — Pay is $25. Every share and like helps spread the word. Closing soon so get those submissions in asap!”
  • “Graywolf Press seeks to increase access to publishing by offering a paid, ten-month Citizen Literary Fellowship.” The part-time position is sited in Minneapolis. Deadline: April 30.
  • We’ve reached mid-April; plenty of opportunities listed in the April issue of The Practicing Writer newsletter remain open for entries/submissions/applications.
  • In New York City, the Story Exchange, “an award-winning media organization dedicated to telling the personal and professional stories of women who have started their own businesses, social enterprises and non-profits,” seeks a part-time editorial assistant.
  • At the University of Michigan, the Zell Visiting Writers Series is looking for a program manager: “The primary responsibilities of this position are to coordinate the Visiting Writers Series and programmatic support for MFA initiatives. The MFA Director provides functional supervision, with administrative supervision by the Department Manager. The Visiting Writers Series is the largest reading series at UM and the largest academic reading series in the State of Michigan.”
  • In Brooklyn, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., “one of the most important organizations for U.S. literary arts and letters” which “offers the premier space for the cultivation of African American poetry,” seeks “an Executive Director who will build on the organization’s successful 20+-year history and, in conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, expand the organization with a vision towards Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.’s 25th anniversary in 2021.”
  • “Young Harris College [Georgia] invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing position beginning August 1, 2019. Candidates must have earned a doctorate or MFA in Creative Writing by the time of appointment and share a strong commitment to teaching at a liberal arts institution. Our Creative Writing Program is housed within the Department of English. The candidate should possess the requisite knowledge and experience to teach introductory and advanced courses in our creative writing major, as well as composition and literature survey courses that serve the general education core curriculum. Specialization is open to poetry or prose.” NB: There is a similar position announcement at the same institution, with a slightly reduced course load but added program management responsibilities.
  • From Hunter College of The City University of New York: “If you love to teach brilliant emerging writers, there may be a position for you as a Distinguished Lecturer in the most selective MFA in New York City. General Duties: Performs teaching duties in area(s) of expertise. Distinguished Lecturers are experienced practitioners or teachers who hold full-time, non-tenure track position with a maximum appointment period of seven years, subject to annual reappointment. This particular position involves leading seminars and workshops in creative non-fiction, with a special emphasis on styles that hybridize memoir with other forms of inquiry, such as sociology or criticism, or even seem antithetical to it.” NB:”The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on April 22, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the positions remain open after initial round.”
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