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).
Hurry for this one: “The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR seeks an emerging writer/teacher of poetry and one other genre for a two-year fellowship. This writing/teaching fellow will be part of the life of a thriving literature and creative writing department, in a college that promotes inquiry and supports writing. The yearly six-course load will include sections of Linfield’s Inquiry Seminar (first-year college writing), introduction to creative writing (multi-genre), poetry-writing, and other creative writing courses. For best consideration, please submit application materials by May 24, 2019.”
Matchbook seeks “works of short fiction and indeterminate prose. Like our name suggests, we are interested in literary art that manages brevity without sacrificing fullness. We like narrative, but we also like work that uses form to express something about the time in which we live. We are most interested in works fewer than 1,000 words, but we will publish works with higher word counts if they are exceptional. If we fancy your submission, you’ll be asked to submit a companion piece to be included in matchbook’s ongoing critical discussion, postings of which appear alongside prose submissions.” Pays: $20. Deadline: May 27, 2019.
Notable Twitter thread from Danielle A. Jackson: “In partnership w/ Writing Our Lives, Longreads is looking for essays about the myths, ideologies & complexities of mother love for a series. (E.g. fraught mom-daughter relationships, “other” moms, relationships that change). Essays should be >1,200 words, rates start at $500.” NB: June 17 is the initial deadline, but “we’re hoping this series will be ongoing.”
From Brooklyn Poets: “Each workshop season, we award fellowships to promising students in need to take a workshop or manuscript consultation for free. We also award partial fellowship to finalists. Applicants must not be enrolled in a degree program with access to creative writing instruction or have previously published (or had accepted for publication) a book of poems. Additionally, applicants who hold a graduate degree in creative writing (MA/MFA/PhD) will be considered separately for only one fellowship award per season. All applicants are limited to one fellowship [per?] lifetime.” Deadline: May 26, 2019.
Poetry contest open to Nevada residents: The Helen Stewart Poetry Prize will award a winning poet a $100 cash prize and publication on the Helen magazine website. Deadline: June 1, 2019.
“LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Art and Culture is a non-religious house of study at the 14th Street Y. Its goal is to function as an international incubator for creativity. LABA aims to push the boundaries of what Jewish art can be and what Jewish texts can teach. Every year LABA selects a group of ten fellows to join us for a yearlong study of classical Jewish texts centered around a theme. Through our study, we engage with the stories of the Bible and classical Rabbinic texts as if they were new. We also fold in secular literature, as well as music and art, to help us better see both the timeless and radical elements of these sacred texts. A central focus of LABA is to present Judaism’s rich literary and intellectual tradition in an open and creatively fertile setting, so that these texts and ideas may serve as inspiration for the fellows’ art and ideas. The work inspired by the study appears in LABA events and online in the LABA Journal. LABA’s home is the 14th Street Y in New York City’s East Village. The setting provides our fellows the opportunity to engage deeply with the Y community, our neighborhood and the New York theater and art world through installations, gallery shows, workshops, performances, presentations and panel discussions presented throughout the Y and in our convertible Black Box Theater.” Currently open for fellowship applications for 2019-20, when the theme will be “Humor.” Pays: “LABA fellows receive a $1500 stipend and a small stipend (up to $250) for a closed work-in-progress presentation. In addition, artists receive creative and administrative support in various forms, such as fiscal sponsorship and fundraising strategies. Through the year of their fellowship, fellows have access to rehearsal space and workspace at the 14Y, including the theater.” Deadline: June 11, 2019.
The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency program, in Vicksburg, Michigan, provides “housing and studio space for one resident at a time, three times a year. We’re offering a stipend of $2,000 for 4 – 7 weeks, a $500 travel grant, and private use of a car. We ask that the artist propose some sort of community ‘give back’ like a workshop, final show or open studio days and that they donate a piece of work to our collection.” They’re currently accepting applications for the October 1 to December 15th window. Deadline: June 15, 2019. (Learned of this one via FundsforWriters.com.)
In Gambier, Ohio, “the Kenyon Review is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to serve as Assistant Managing Editor. Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Assistant Managing Editor provides essential support for the production and editorial activities of the Review. The position also offers room for advancement depending on the interests and abilities of the superior candidate. This is a full-time, 12-month position. The hourly rate of pay is $16.50.”
“Soft Skull Press/Catapult is hiring an editorial assistant. The candidate must be based in New York, and should have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, a proven ability to juggle projects and duties, an impeccable eye for detail, and a passion for books and reading.”
“Triple Canopy, a nonprofit magazine located in New York City, seeks an Assistant Editor. The Assistant Editor will contribute to work with Triple Canopy’s staff to research, commission, edit, and facilitate the production of projects in a variety of media and platforms—from essays and artworks published online to performances and conversations presented at the magazine’s office and venue in Manhattan. While this position will involve substantial editorial work, the Assistant Editor will also be responsible for assisting the Editor (as well as other senior editorial staff) with communications and administrative tasks that are essential to the production of the magazine. We expect the Assistant Editor to work approximately thirty-two hours per week at Triple Canopy’s office.”