Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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).

  • “At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays.” Currently: “For the Issue 37 – Fall we are looking for work that considers BORDERS. Submissions in all genres will be open from August 9th – 30th.” NB: “Priority will be given to Quebec-based artists for this particular issue, but all are welcome to submit.” Pays: “carte blanche pays a modest honorarium per submission. We hope to increase the amount in the future.”
  • The Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize confers $2,000 for the “best poetry collection published by an Upstate [New York] author.” More about eligibility: “Submitted work must be a book of poems in English, at least 48 pages long, published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 by a resident of Upstate New York. Collections by more than one author, ‘collected’ or ‘selected’ volumes, collections of translations, self-published works, and vanity press publications are not eligible.” Deadline: August 31. 
  • Established in 2001, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories. Each year, five young fiction writers are selected as finalists by a reading committee of Young Lions members, writers, editors, and librarians. A panel of judges selects the winner.” NB: “The publisher must submit all books. Authors may not submit their work on their own.”
  • “Calling all gifted fiction writers! Lilith Magazine—Independent, Jewish & frankly feminist—seeks quality short fiction, 3000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. First prize $250 + publication. We like work with both feminist and Jewish content. Please send submissions to: [email protected], with Fiction Contest Submission and your name in the subject line. Be sure to include full contact info on the ms. and indicate where you saw an announcement about the contest. Deadline: 12/31/19.”
  • Reminder that we’re just past the mid-month mark, so you can still find many more listings of fee-free, paying opportunities that remain open for submissions/applications in the August newsletter.
  • “Jessica Kasmer-Jacobs is a new agent at the Deborah Harris Agency in Jerusalem. She is now seeking submissions of literary fiction and serious non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, science, history, and personal narratives. All submissions should include a query letter with a brief synopsis of the book, a short biographical note, the first two chapters of the book, or an equivalent of up to fifty pages attached as a Word document, as well as the author’s contact information. Email: [email protected]thedeborahharrisagency.com.”
  • At The New York Times, “the Books desk is hiring a reporter to cover publishing, a beat we see as encompassing news about the industry; analysis of how books, publishers and readers are changing; profiles of editors, agents and authors; and trends in book retailing, ecommerce and intellectual life.” (HT @MEOJobs)
  • In Minneapolis, The Loft Literary Center is looking for a part-time Marketing and Communications Assistant.” Compensation: “$15.50/hour plus a pro-rated benefits package, including generous paid time off.”
  • “Syracuse University, Department of English, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Fiction). This is a tenure track position that will start in the Fall of 2020, with at 2:2 teaching load.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Miami seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in creative writing (fiction) with teaching responsibilities in both MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs. The Creative Writing Program is particularly interested in fiction writers who bring multilingual, international, or cross-cultural perspectives to their work.”

Reminder: Birthright, my first book of poetry, will be published on November 5. If you’d like to cover it with a review or other feature, please drop me a line to request an electronic advance review copy. Many thanks.

2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Ernie Brill says:

    thanks. This is a terrific service and help that you are doing. Im up to my neck in some writing projects and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State College Student Strike for Black Studies and Ethnic Studies in 1968 that changed the faces and the places and somewhat the spaces of U.S. education, contributing as a writer and a teacher . I taught public high school literature and Creative writing with an international selection of fiction and poetry. My own novels, stories, and poems have featured hospital workers and people who live in projects in the cities ( mostly) of many different “races” ( mine is the 100 yard dash (something many writers would not attempt). Do you know about the current poetry revolution in the US led by small presses and three writers organiations- Cave Canem out of Brookln, Kundiman out of Fordham U in Manhattan, and Grupo Mundo ( out of I believe Houston or La?) They help, respectively, aspiring African American, Middle Eastern, Asian American, and Latino American not only get ito MFA programs but supplly strong mentoring and encouragment with workshops, fellowships, awards, retreats and repeats. Cave Canem, the black organization was started by Toi Derricote and CornGamelius Eady in 1996 and now has at least 200 poets with or more book of poetry and a number of National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners,including Tyehimba Jess, Greg Pardlo Tracy K. Smith Natasha Tretheway, Terence Hayes, Patricia Smith,and others.d My favorite Cave Canem poets include Patricia Smith, Tyehimba Jess, Doug Kearney (love his daring typography!) AB Jordan, Danez Smith, Ross Gay,and Evie Shockley., Fatima Ashghar. Kundiman- Sarah Gambito, Franny Choi, Le Kwa Mein, Sally Mao,

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Yes, very much aware of Cave Canem, Kundiman, and Canto Mundo.

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