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.)

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  • Opening for submissions today (and closing on Sunday, October 27): Electric Literature’s “Recommended Reading,” which “publishes fiction between 1,500 and 10,000 words.” Pays: $300.
  • “Twice annually — respectively for the months of April and November — the Bibliothek Andreas Züst offers three studio residency stipends. The length of stay is a total of four weeks. Application for the Studio Residency Stipend is open to national and international cultural workers (individuals or teams of up to a maximum of four persons) across disciplines — visual arts, literature, new media, music, theatre, design, architecture, film, photography, and art-related disciplines. For the stipendiaries, the Alpenhof panorama lodge will provide for accommodations. Applicants must submit a statement specifying their specific interests and describing their motivation in seeking a residency. The Bibliothek Andreas Züst is especially seeking projects that deal with the library as a whole or one of its sub-areas. The Studio Residency Stipend program is to be considered in the tradition of libraries as places of knowledge in the sense of diversity. In short: the residency should entail research about what constitutes the fabric of our culture and also what goes beyond it.” NB: “For each recipient of a studio grant, there is a private bedroom available with an individual area for working. In addition, there is a shared studio/rehearsal room available, as well as different areas throughout the Alpenhof for working quietly. Further facilities include: the shared kitchen, dining and living rooms, and the Bibliothek Andreas Züst. Accommodations and use of the studio are free-of-charge, and travel costs are also covered. A separate request can be made for an additional subsidy for living costs of up to CHF 250/week. Artistic production costs must be covered privately.” Deadline: October 31. (Thanks to for the tip about this one.)
  • “The Creative Nonfiction Standing Group of the Conference on College Composition and Communication announces the 2020 Donald Murray Prize for creative nonfiction. The prize is awarded annually to the best work of creative nonfiction on the subject of language, writing, teaching, or the teaching of writing. We seek submissions from current and former post-secondary teachers of writing, including graduate students. This prize was first established at CCCC in 2002 in honor of Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, professor, and author of numerous books and influential articles on writing and the teaching of writing. The prize is sponsored by Cengage Learning. Entries will be judged by members of the CNF Standing Group, the editors of Writing on the Edge, and a specially selected final judge. The winner will receive $300 in the form of an AMEX gift card from Cengage Learning and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of Writing on the Edge. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal. Entries may not have been previously published in any form, electronically or in print, including blog posts.” Deadline: November 1, 2019.
  • “The Department of English at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in creative writing (fiction), to begin in August 2020.”
  • “The Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor in African American poetry to begin in the fall semester of 2020, pending budgetary approval.”