Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

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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.)

As always, if you’d like to share a specific opportunity listed here, please credit the blog for the find. Thanks for respecting the time and effort that I put into researching, curating, and posting this information! I do notice, and I appreciate the courtesy.

  • Submissions to Issue 14 of Into the Void will close on September 7 (visual art through September 21). NB: “Until we reach our Submittable-allotted monthly free submissions limit, there is no fee to submit but free submissions fill up extremely quickly.” Pays: “At present we are only able to offer a token payment of $5 per page of the printed magazine, which, while small, is symbolic of our commitment to supporting writers/artists as well as our intentions to continue to increase this amount over the coming years.”
  • Newly re-opened for submissions: The Arkansas International: “We welcome previously unpublished, unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation between September 1 and April 1. Until we reach our monthly cap with Submittable, there will be no fee to submit (after we hit the cap a $3.00 submission fee will be charged to defray administrative costs). Payment: “Payment will be reevaluated based on the budget of each issue. For issue six, contributors will be paid $20 a printed page (capped at $250) and in copies of the journal.” NB: (Thanks to Funds for Writers for the reminder about this one.)
  • Also now accepting submissions again: Hidden Timber Books. “For our next project, we are looking for literary fiction or narrative nonfiction in the form of a novel, a memoir, or a collection (short stories, essays, or hybrid). We are a small press with a very small crew, so we love finished manuscripts that have been well-worked and revised. We find that the best manuscripts come from writers who have spent time in community with other writers in group critique or with outside editors.” Submissions close November 30. (ED note: I’ve been assured that this press offers royalties.)
  • ICYMI: The new (September) issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers on Friday. As usual, it features two dozen opportunities (calls & competitions) for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. All opportunities listed in the newsletter are fee-free to pursue; there is payment for accepted/winning work. This issue will remain online until the October edition replaces it.
  • “House of Books, a landmark bookstore in Connecticut, is looking to hire experienced booksellers and/or managers across a few areas of store operations.”
  • In New York, seeks a Features Editor and an Editorial Assistant.
  • Also in New York: “Girls Write Now seeks a Community Coordinator who is a team player and passionate about empowering young women’s voices through writing and mentoring.”
  • “The Georgia State University Department of English and Creative Writing Program seeks to make a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor for a specialist in in Creative Writing/Creative Nonfiction with a secondary focus in Creative Writing/Poetry.”
  • “Located 36 miles east of Atlanta on the original campus of Emory College in Oxford, Georgia, Oxford College of Emory University invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing (tenure-track), with a specialization in Fiction or Poetry and very strong secondary expertise in the other genre beginning August 2020.”
  • Assistant/Associate Professor position: The English Department at Allegheny College [Pennsylvania] invites applications for fiction writers interested in joining a vibrant program dedicated to exceptional undergraduate education in creative writing and literature…. While primary teaching responsibilities will be in fiction writing and literature, Allegheny College has committed ongoing resources to build faculty clusters with expertise in race, gender, and/or social justice who could contribute to the core curriculum in one (or more) of three interdisciplinary programs: Black Studies, Community & Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  This position will be in the cluster program and applicants are asked to demonstrate how their teaching and research experience intersects with one (or more of) these fields in their submitted materials; we have particular interest in candidates whose work is conversant with Black Studies.”
  • At Western Washington University, the Department of English “invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning September 16, 2020. This is a position in creative writing, focused on teaching and creative activity in fiction.”
  • “The English Department at Hope College [Michigan] invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in creative writing (fiction) at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning on July 1, 2020.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time teaching stream appointment in Creative Writing, with expertise also in Indigenous Literatures and Oral Traditions. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, and will commence July 1, 2020. “
  • At St. Lawrence University [New York], “creative writers with significant publications and teaching experience are invited to apply for the position of Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the academic year 2020-2021. Publications and teaching experience in two genres are preferable. “