Monday Markets & 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 for Issue #10 of Ireland-based Banshee Press’s literary journal are now open. Payment: “We believe in paying writers. We can offer contributors a small fee as well as two copies of the journal.” Deadline: October 31. (Thanks to Cathy’s Comps and Calls for the tip about this one.)
  • Mud Season Review is open for submissions of “deeply human work that will teach us something about life, but also about the craft of writing or visual art; work that is original in its approach and that in some way moves us.” Pays: “We pay authors and featured artists $50 for their work. Artists whose images we select to pair with writing receive $15.” Deadline: November 1. (ht @Duotrope)
  • “BEST PEACE FICTION (UNM Press), a new biennial anthology, is looking for stories published from 2018–2019 that pertain to the subject of peace and/or the effects of war upon individuals and society. Final decision will be made by guest judge Robert Olen Butler. Contributors receive $100 for the reprint of their work; authors shall retain the rights to their stories and sign a contributor release form allowing their stories to appear in the anthology. To submit your story for consideration by Best Peace Fiction anthology, send it as a Word attachment to with ‘bpf1 submission’ in the subject field and include in your e-mail (1) the title of the story, (2) the name of the journal in which it appears, and (3) the issue number. Deadline: December 1.” (Found this via the latest Poets & Writers Classifieds.)
  • Reminder: We’re just about midway through October, which means that you’ll STILL find plenty of open opportunities listed in the current issue of our monthly newsletter.
  • In London (UK), Jewish Book Week is hiring a part-time, contract Social Media Manager for the 2020 festival.
  • In Houston, “Writers in the Schools (WITS) seeks to hire a Development & Communications Manager to play a key role on our Development team.”
  • In Washington, Kramerbooks is hiring an Events and Marketing Manager.
  • Also in Washington: “The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division in Washington, D.C., seeks a Faculty Program Coordinator to teach in and provide administrative support to the Johns Hopkins Science Writing Program. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds. The Faculty Program Coordinator is a part-time, non-tenure-track, 12-month renewable faculty position with the academic title of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. The Faculty Program Coordinator will have significant interaction/collaboration with the Science Writing Associate Program Director and will report to the Program Director for the Writing Programs. This position is expected to begin January 6, 2020.”
  • “The English Department at Binghamton University [New York] invites applications for a Poet at the advanced assistant or associate professor level. The candidate should have at least one published book of poetry and a significant number of journal publications. This position will entail teaching primarily poetry workshops at the undergraduate and graduate level, though the ability to also teach the study and craft of poetry is preferred. The candidate will administer the creative writing program within the English department and should have appropriate administrative experience. While not required, experience in teaching and publications in fiction and creative non-fiction are preferred.”
  • “Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for two tenure-track Professors of English in the department of English & Communications. Candidates for both positions must be able to teach first-year writing and a variety of literature. We specifically seek candidates who can serve as a British literature generalist and/or teach creative writing poetry.”
  • “The University of Cincinnati Department of English seeks applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Poetry, full-time, tenure-track, beginning August 2020. “
  • “The Department of English at Georgia College invites applications for a distinguished poet to teach in the Creative Writing Program. This is a tenure track position, requiring: an MFA or Ph.D. by time of employment; at least one book of poetry and critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation; demonstrated knowledge of a diverse cultural literary tradition; and evidence of outstanding teaching.
  • In South Carolina, “the Department of English at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of English specializing in creative writing with a primary focus in poetry and a secondary specialty in creative nonfiction.”
  • In Alabama, “the Department of English at Jacksonville State University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in creative writing, with a specialization in Poetry and a secondary specialization in Creative Nonfiction, to begin Fall 2020.  The successful candidate will participate in and help shape an undergraduate curriculum, including development of creative writing courses in areas of interest.”
  • “The Department of English at Texas Tech University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing with a primary emphasis and strong publication record in narrative nonfiction—literary journalism and/or memoir—and the ethics of nonfiction. Preference will be given to candidates with a significant record of quality publications, including at least one book in print or under contract, and a secondary specialization in translation, video essays, fiction writing, and/or any of the following areas: Latinx American Literature, Native American Literature, Asian American Literature, African American Literature, or Disability Studies.”
  • Virginia Commonwealth University is advertising “a junior level, tenure-eligible position in Creative Writing, Nonfiction.”
  • “The Department of English at Georgia College invites applicants for a distinguished fiction writer to teach in the MFA and undergraduate Creative Writing Program. This is a tenure-track position, requiring: an MFA or Ph.D. by time of employment; at least one book of fiction and critical recognition consistent with a writer of national reputation; additional publication in creative nonfiction; demonstrated knowledge of a diverse cultural literary tradition; and evidence of outstanding teaching.”
  • “The Department of English and the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine, is conducting a search for an associate or full professor. Candidates are expected to have a record of distinguished publication in fiction, including at least two completed books. Candidates need to have a strong commitment to the studio arts model of teaching and will be expected to teach both graduate and undergraduate level courses.”