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.

  • For writers living in England: “The Laura Kinsella Fellowship will support one exceptionally talented early career writer of literary fiction. This exciting new Fellowship is an inclusive platform for writers at the beginning of their career. Set up to support writers experiencing limiting circumstances, or whose voices are underrepresented in mainstream literary fiction, one writer will receive not only a cash prize [£4,000] but a bespoke programme of support delivered by National Centre for Writing.” Deadline: January 17, 2020.
  • Living Hyphen, “an intimate magazine that explores the experiences of hyphenated Canadians,” has extended its Issue 2 call for submissions until January 20. “In our inaugural issue of ‘Entrances & Exits’, the question that many of our contributors kept coming back to was a refrain we are asked all too often: ‘where are you from?‘ But for Issue 2, we want to go deeper. We want to know – ‘who are you from?‘ Tell us the stories of your ancestors. Of your lineage. Of the blood that courses through your veins. Of the memories and stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. And how all of that influences your present.” Payment: “We offer a $60 honorarium for all submissions that are accepted into our publication.”
  • “New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is now accepting applications for 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Craft/Sculpture, Digital/Electronic Arts, Nonfiction Literature, Poetry, and Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. These $7,000 unrestricted cash awards are made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York. They are not project grants and are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice regardless of their level of artistic development.” Deadline: January 22, 2020.
  • The Waterman Fund Alpine Essay Contest (the “Contest”) is open to new and emerging writers who have not been published in a national magazine or written a book or self-published a book on the topic of their submission. These writers must be residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada.” Check the site for details about the prompt. Prize: “The winning essay will be awarded $1,500. The runner-up essay will receive $500. Both will be published online and in Appalachia.” Deadline: February 2, 2020. 
  • The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute “offers outstanding scholars, writers and artists the opportunity to be in residence at HBI at different points during the year.” Applicants should be working on “any aspect of Jewish women’s and gender studies in order to devote time to their research. These residencies take place during the academic year and range from two months to a full semester. Applications for a full academic year will be considered.” Awards include stipends of $5,000/month. Eligibility: “There are no eligibility requirements. Applications (in English) from outside the United States are welcome. Open to applicants regardless of gender or religion.” Deadline: February 17, 2020.
  • From the Make a Living Writing website: “Check out these 75 markets that pay $100 or more.
  • Essayists, even if you don’t pay to subscribe to Sonia Weiser’s weekly newsletter , you should follow her on Twitter to discover current calls from magazine/website editors.
  • From Johns Hopkins University: “The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach the online fiction writing courses 490.654 – Fiction Techniques, 490.660 – Fiction Workshop, 490.682 – Writing The Novel Workshop and 490.679 – Experimental Fiction Workshop in the MA in Writing Program.” The same division also seeks “non-tenure track adjunct faculty to teach the online nonfiction writing courses 490.656 – Nonfiction Techniques, 490.670 – Nonfiction Workshop, 490.665 – Combined Workshop and Readings in Memoir, and 490.690 – Travel Writing Workshop in the MA in Writing Program.”
  • From Ron Charles’s latest Book Club newsletter: “The Washington Post is looking for a full-time editorial aide to join Book World. The duties of this detail-oriented position include sorting mountains of book mail, sending books and payments to freelancers, keeping our book closet organized (See ‘Fibber McGee’) and writing blurbs for the weekly bestsellers lists. Among many other things, you’ll have to deal with infuriating questions from me like, ‘Remember that galley with the blue spine? It might have had a tree on the cover — or maybe it was a fox? Can you get me another copy of that today?’ If you’re interested, send a resume and cover letter to Book World Editor Stephanie Merry at by Jan. 21.”
  • In New York, the Modern Language Association (MLA) “seeks a full-time communications assistant to work on communications, social media, and content marketing tasks for the MLA’s wide range of outreach and advocacy projects.”
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