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). 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

  • Sapiens Plurum conducts an annual short-fiction contest, opening on Earth Day of each year. The purpose of the contest is to entice authors to conceive of the future in terms of desirable outcomes, and imagine how we might get there.” The deadline for this year’s contest entries is June 9, 2019. Check the website for details on the competition (including the current theme) and cash prizes.
  • From Arc Poetry Magazine: “If you subscribe to Canadian literary magazines, you’ll doubtlessly have seen Prairie Fire‘s Spring issue, ‘Work Matters.’ Discussions about livelihood and labour and all of the things poets do to keep finding time to write are discussions that Arc wants to keep going. We’re thinking about the variations that ‘labour’ might manifest in caregiving, activism, volunteering, and other traditional and non-traditional forms, as well as the ways work and poetry intersect with other aspects of identity. Send us your poems on labour and livelihood however they appear in your life.” Deadline: June 15, 2019. Pays: “$50 per page for poetry or prose published in the magazine” (presumably in Canadian dollars).
  • From FlashBack Fiction: “20 July 2019 marks fifty years since the Apollo Moon Landing. To celebrate that small step and giant leap, FlashBack is holding our second historical microfiction competition. We are looking for flash fiction, prose poetry and hybrid work of up to 100 words (excluding title) on the theme of ‘Moon’. Feel free to write about space programmes, but you don’t have to. Let your historical imagination lift off. Think eclipses, explorers, navigators, astronomers, smugglers, sonatas, festivals, harvests and hunters — but the moon must play a significant role. Don’t just tell us the moon was shining. Your story can be set anywhere or anytime, as long as it’s before 2000 CE and linked to human history. We are not open to futuristic stories.” Deadline: “Entries must be received by 11.59pm BST on Sunday, 16 June 2019.” Prizes: £25 for the winner, £15 for second place and £10 for third place.” NB: No simultaneous submissions. First entry is free (fees apply for multiple entries). Also: “Non-UK entrants will need to be able to accept prize money via PayPal.”
  • From @LillyDancyger: “#callforpitches I’m looking for personal essay submissions & pitches with a research/critical component for @CatapultStory! (this is an open-ended call, but I’d especially love to see some great work/ideas by 6/24). PLS READ THIS THREAD BEFORE PITCHING.” (Thanks to @GeetaKothari for sharing this one.)
  • Quick reminder that the JUNE issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers late last week. You can also find it online until the July issue replaces it.
  • A couple of jobs available at Catapult in New York: Director of Writing Programs and Publishing and Administrative Assistant.
  • In Washington, Split this Rock is hiring a Communications and Development Associate.
  • “Mass Poetry, a nonprofit poetry organization headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, seeks an expert manager and experienced educator with a passion for poetry to serve as its full-time Education Director.”
  • In North Carolina, “the National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking a published author who has experience working with young people to serve as a Teaching Artist for BookUp: Greensboro, a free, after-school reading program for middle school students, run in partnership with the Greensboro Public Library and sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library Foundation. BookUp participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through field trips. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two weekend half-day field trips, and runs from September 2019 through June 2020 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). The program is held at Jackson Middle School. Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Director of Education.
  • Oregon State University-Cascades (Bend, Oregon) invites applications for its “Creative Writing (MFA) Instructor Pool Academic Year 19/20.”
  • “The University of Minnesota’s Creative Writing Program in the Department of English maintains a pool of teaching specialists and lecturers to teach lower and upper division courses in creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) that cannot be staffed by regular faculty or graduate teaching assistants, for openings that may occur in Fall 2018 (August 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019); or Spring 2019 (January 14, 2019 – May 26, 2019). Teaching may be for day or evening courses. Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. This does not constitute a posting for vacancies, but establishes a pool of applicants should openings occur during the 2018/19 academic year. Applicants will be selected from this pool on an as-needed basis through the academic year.”
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