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. The 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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- The Catapult website is now open for fiction submissions (and will remain so through March). “As always, we welcome short stories, novel excerpts that stand on their own, and translated fiction. We pay for all pieces that we publish. We are particularly interested in fiction under 1000 words.”
- “Write Now Philly is seeking book reviews and articles about writing and of interest to the literary community….We would like to support the local writing community and prefer reviews and articles written by people who live in the Philadelphia area.” Pays: $25. (HT @WeisChoice)
- “Two $7,500 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing [are available] in the categories of prose and poetry, in fiction and nonfiction.” NB: “In order to be eligible to apply for the Luminarts Fellowship applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30, live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop, and be enrolled in, or graduated from, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program.” Deadline: February 7, 2020.
- Sierra‘s Heather Smith is “looking for first-person essays that somehow relate to nature/the environment or climate change. 700 words for $700.” Be sure to read the full thread not only for the editor’s email address, but also for examples of “tropes to avoid.”
- And it’s the last week of January, which means that a new issue of the monthly Practicing Writer is coming soon. Don’t forget to give the January issue a last look for calls and competitions that remain open to you.
- “Kenyon College invites applications for the Mellon Science Writing Fellowship. This two-year fellowship offers a qualified individual time to develop as a writer and teacher. The fellow will also contribute to the evolution of the emerging, interdisciplinary science writing program at Kenyon. Fellows are expected to: undertake a significant science writing project, participate in ongoing conversations about science writing at Kenyon, teach one class per semester, and participate in the intellectual and cultural life of the college. The fellowship provides an annual stipend, plus health benefits. Applicants are expected to have prior teaching experience, a record of publication, and an MFA, Masters in Science Writing, PhD, or other relevant graduate degree.”
- At the University of Iowa, “the Graduate College is seeking to hire a 100% time Fall Residency Coordinator/Program Coordinator to provide Fall Residency Coordinator/Programming for the International Writing Program. This is a one-year specified term appointment with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of three years, pending grant funding.”
- Michigan Quarterly Review is seeking “a part-time website manager (temporary hourly) who is committed to the literary arts to assist us with our website and social media management.” Salary: $15/hr, 10 hours/week.
- Also in Michigan, “Alma College seeks an individual with vision, a passion for writing, and a deep commitment to quality to serve as the founding Director for our new low-residency Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.”
- In North Carolina, “Guilford College seeks a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing to teach creative writing courses for undergraduate majors (fiction, nonfiction, multi-genre), as well as courses in introductory and advanced literary-studies (for majors and non-majors), first-year writing, and special topics in media studies. This position also administers Guilford’s Sherwood Anderson Creative Writing Scholarships and visiting writer series.”