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.

  • Just in from Eastern Iowa Review: “WE WANT YOUR LYRIC PROSE. We are seeking the best lyric essays and prose poetry we can find, though we’ll also look at creative nonfiction, hybrid & experimental essays.” Payment: $10; note that “you must have a Paypal account to accept payment.” Deadline: January 31, 2020. 
  • Re-opened for submissions: “Belmont Story Review seeks to publish new and established writers passionate about their craft, fearlessly encountering difficult ideas, seeking to explore human experience in all its broken blessedness. We feature works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.” Payment: “honorariums in the form of a check in US dollars ($50 for prose, $25 for poetry).” Deadline: February 1, 2020.
  • “Call for Submissions: @theoffingmag‘s Insight department is now accepting essays that respond to works of art, literature, and culture, generally with an element of the personal. If you’re wondering what that means, see the thread.” (From The Offing‘s general pay-rate info: “Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $20–$60 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published [$20 for a Micro or a poem; $60 for all other departments].”
  • Asians in America, “a new blog featuring interviews, stories, and essays relevant to the Asian in America experience,” seeks literary submissions. Pays: “We pay $20 per story or essay and $10 per poem. Payment will be made through PayPal (preferred), or mailed by check, upon publication.” (Found this one via @Duotrope.)
  • From The Wrangler: We are actively accepting pitches for reviews and essays about storytelling in all forms of media. That means book or movie reviews with an emphasis on craft, essays about trends in narrative podcasts, a review of a television story arc, a deep-dive into Twitter threads as flash fiction, an essay about the way modern MMA encapsulates the hero’s journey … basically, if there’s a story to dissect and an argument to be made, we want to hear from you. We are particularly interested in pitches from underrepresented voices.” Pays: “We currently pay $10 per essay or review. We believe that writing deserves to be compensated. We’re also paying out of our own pockets at this time.  We believe writing is worth more, and we plan to increase our rates as soon as we are able.” 
  • From Salamander: “We do pay for reviews, and we are looking for prose reviewers for our next issue.” (Part of a thread on opportunities to get paid for single-book reviews.)
  • Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for experienced freelance book reviewers” in a number of categories (listed in the announcement). Pays: “PW pays a modest honorarium per review.”
  • ICYMI: The November issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers last week. You’ll find another two dozen fee-free, paying opportunities listed there.
  • In Brooklyn, “Cave Canem seeks an Executive Director who will build on the organization’s successful 20+-year history and, in partnership with the Board of Directors and staff, expand the organization with a vision towards the organization’s 25th anniversary in 2021 to further cultivate the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.”
  • The New York Review of Books is hiring an Audience Development Manager.
  • In Austin, Texas Monthly seeks an Assistant Digital Editor.
  • In Louisville, Carmichael’s Bookstore is looking for an Event and Marketing Manager.
  • In Washington, “All Things Considered is looking for an Editorial Assistant for social media to help define and shape the show’s social media presence.” (via MEOjobs)
  • “Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, an independent, coeducational, secondary boarding and day school with a diverse community of students and faculty, seeks a writer-in-residence to fill the Roger F. Murray Chair in Creative Writing.  This is a two-year appointment to begin in September of 2020 with a possibility of renewal for up to two more years.  Responsibilities include teaching two seminar classes (maximum 15 students per class) in creative writing per term.  We seek dynamic candidates who will be active participants in the academic and residential programs.  Minimum requirements include at least one published book and demonstrated success in the teaching of creative writing at the university or secondary level.”
  • “The Department of English/Writing at Eastern Oregon University (EOU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in our growing undergraduate writing programs and low residency MFA.” Among the minimum qualifications: “at least one book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction published by a reputable literary press and significant publications in literary journals and/or magazines.”

2 thoughts on “Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. M says:

    thank you

  2. Cathy Bryant says:

    Fabulous and thank you. x

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