Each week in this space, Practicing Writing shares no-fee, paying markets for writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction: competitions, contests, and calls for submissions. These weekly posts complement 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. (But this blog does share those more localized opportunities, including jobs.)
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- “The Colored Lens is looking for short stories that shift perspectives of how we see the world. We are specifically seeking stories that cause the reader reflect, not just on the story, but on how it relates to their own world. We publish all varieties of speculative fiction, from alternate history, to high fantasy, to nuts and bolts hard science fiction, to dark fantasy, so long as it meets the guidelines above. Whatever the genre, the focus should be used to comment on our world and society rather than exclusively to keep the reader turning pages.” Pays: “$20 per short story, article, or piece of artwork, and $10 for flash. For novellas, we pay $20 for the first 10,000 words, and $1 per 1000 words after that.” (HT FlashFictionFlash)
- From @HighCountryNews: “Calling any journalists, writers, photographers, videographers who identify as disabled. Pitch us personal essay ideas on how your particular challenge influences the way they [sic?] work and what you produce.”
- Tin House Online, “a daily blog featuring previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more,” is open for submissions until August 21. Pay rates and other info in the guidelines. (HT @LMecham)
- Anthology call from Australia (open to international submissions): “Signs of life is an upcoming literary anthology themed around first- and second-hand experiences of illness and care-giving. How do experiences of sickness or incapacitation change our bodies, who we are, and how we see the world? And how do they affect the people around us? Writers are asked to write from the point of view of the patient, care-giver (professional or otherwise) or kin. The illness depicted may be acute or chronic, life-threatening or relatively minor. We are anticipating stories that interrogate the difficulty and challenges of not being well but also those of connection, change, humour and growth. Or show us a different side that we may not have considered.” Deadline: December 31, 2019. Payment: $AUD100. NB: Previously published work may be eligible.
- In Boston, “Trident Booksellers and Cafe is looking for an energetic and creative Marketing & Social Media Coordinator who will work towards elevating the store’s public presence through online and digital channels.”
- In Philadelphia, the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania is hiring an Administrative Assistant (pay range: $17.58 – $31.65).
- In Chicago, the Poetry Foundation is hiring a part-time Permissions Coordinator.
- In Andover, Massachusetts, Phillips Academy “seeks applications from individuals interested in the position of Adjunct Instructor in Creative Writing for the 2019–2020 school year. The English Department expects to assign one section each of ‘Creative Writing: Poetry’ and ‘Creative Writing: Fiction’ in each of the three trimesters. Classes and office hours will most likely be scheduled over three early afternoons per week. Both courses are high-level senior electives. Teaching experience and at least one published book preferred.”
- Hutson-Tillotson University (Austin, Texas) is hiring an Assistant Professor. “The primary responsibility of this tenure-track faculty member is teaching first-year reading and writing courses and core English courses, including Introduction to African American literature, Introduction to the Arts or Introduction to Creative Writing. The instructor will also teach courses for the English major and Professional Writing Minor, which may include Creative Writing: Fiction. Must create a stimulating learning environment for both traditional and nontraditional students and teach and work with enthusiasm and integrity in accordance with the mission of the University.”
- Assistant/Associate Professorship at Stony Brook University (New York): “The Creative Writing Program at Stony Brook seeks a fiction or creative nonfiction writer for its lively undergraduate and graduate programs to start September 1, 2020. Successful applicants will have significant publication (at least one book from a respected press), an MFA or PhD in creative writing (or an exceptionally strong record of publication), and evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.”
- “The Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor faculty position in the area of Poetry Writing, with the expected start date of July 1, 2020. Basic qualifications (required at time of application): Bachelor’s or equivalent international degree. Preferred qualifications: a graduate degree, at least two published books, and substantial experience teaching creative writing at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.”
- Antioch University is looking for Core Faculty (fiction and/or creative nonfiction) for its MFA program.