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.

  • The Maine Review is open for fee-free submissions until December 31. “Fiction and Nonfiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. Poets will receive a $25 honorarium per published poem. ” (HT @EduardoCCorral)
  • From @TaraBetts: “Dear Chicago-based reviewers and freelance writers: let me know what books you might want to review before they drop. Pitch me some ideas for literary features. I’m interested in wide range of venues throughout the city and stories with a Chicago angle for @newcity.” Pays: “They are short reviews (400-500 words) for $15.” (HT @WeisChoice)
  • We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), which “began as a simple hashtag on Twitter to respond to the lack of diversity in children’s literature,” is now “seeking contributing writers to support the creation of blog content to promote the mission and programs of WNDB.  WNDB is looking to contract with four contributing writers to provide approximately three posts per year to our blog. ” Payment: “Contributors will be compensated based upon the length of the posts and reporting requirements.  Compensation will start at $100 per post.” (HT WaPo “Book Club“)
  • Reminder: We’ve just crossed the halfway mark through the month. Plenty (in fact, MOST) of the opportunities listed in the December newsletter remain open—and nothing listed there is limited to the residents of a single city/state/province.
  • “Poetry London wishes to appoint a new Poetry Editor. This is the executive role at the organisation, and we are looking for a strong cultural leader with a clear, ambitious creative vision who is a published poet with at least one full collection (either published or under contract).” (HT @SharaLessley)
  • In Philadelphia, Mighty Writers seeks “On the Road” workshop leaders to “write, develop and implement one complete workshop. Mighty Writers develops new workshops that run six sessions; each session is 90 min. Successful workshop leaders are invited back for multiple opportunities throughout the greater Philadelphia area, Camden, and beyond. Popular topics include: toddler literacy, girl power, comic books, college essay and poetry.”