Markets and Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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.

  • Quick reminder: The March issue of The Practicing Writer will go out to subscribers before next Monday, but plenty of opportunities from the February issue remain open for your consideration.
  • Posted by Alaina Leary Lavoie (Communications Manager for We Need Diverse Books): “I’m seeking pitches for #AutismAcceptanceMonth in April — I’m looking for someone to pitch and write a feature story relating to Autism Acceptance Month in kidlit (picture books through YA).” Per the thread, the feature “would need to be written by someone who identifies as autistic and would be a paid feature story; rates begin at $150 (depending on the scope of the story).”
  • The Emrys Foundation’s $500 Jo Ann Waker Poetry Scholarship aims “to encourage North and South Carolina residents to attend regional and national poetry workshops.” Deadline: February 28, 2020.
  • The Blue Route is an online undergraduate literary journal run by students and faculty from Widener University. We publish short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction written by undergraduate writers from any school other than our own.  There is a great deal of emerging talent in the undergraduate population, and we aim to showcase that talent in our journal. We pay our contributors $25 upon publication, and work hard to provide our contributors with a professional publication experience.” Deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • “The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers up to five leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States an opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan in 2020-2021 through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program.” NB: “There are always two application deadlines for the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship. The first is for the application cover sheet,” which is due March 1, 2020. “The deadline for the narrative response questions, resume, letters of recommendation and work samples submission is 11:59 p.m. March 29, 2020.” Awards “$20,000 for a minimum of three months with $4,000 for each additional month up to five months to cover housing, living, and professional expenses” and “up to $2,000 to cover the cost of round trip airfare between the United States and Japan.”
  • “The Queens Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 ArtPort Residency, in collaboration with the Port Authority New York and New Jersey, LaGuardia Airport. The Residency offers a unique opportunity to a Queens artist to interact with the thousands of visitors that come through the region daily within the airport, and bring an engaging cultural experience to the space. The ArtPort Residency will be housed in the rotunda of the landmark Marine Air Terminal. During the 3-month residency period, the artist will set up a public studio to create new work in a dedicated 110-square foot space within the Marine Air Terminal, where passersby will be encouraged to engage in conversation about the project with the artist and view works in progress. The artist will also receive a stipend of $6,500.” Application deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • The National Book Foundation seeks a part-time, temporary Programs Assistant, with main focus on the Literature for Justice (LFJ) program, “a nationwide, book-based campaign that seeks to contextualize the issue of mass incarceration through annual reading lists, outreach, and public events, as well as additional education and public program support as needed.” NB: “This is a part-time position of 32 hours per week (March-August 2020).  The Programs Assistant will be paid a competitive hourly-rate.” Position is based in the organization’s offices in New York.
  • “New College of Florida announces an opening for a Writer in Residence, Fall 2020–Spring 2021 (August–December and February–May). The designated Honors College of the State University System, New College of Florida is a small, highly selective, residential liberal arts institution. We are especially interested  this year in applicants with expertise in electronic literature and/or  translation.”
  • In Maine, College of the Atlantic (COA) “seeks a full-time, tenure-track equivalent faculty member to teach literature and writing (Ph.D. required).”
  • In Colorado, “the department of English, Communication & Media at Adams State University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Professor of Creative Writing (position #FA8017). This position may be renewable depending on enrollment and departmental needs.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

2 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Alan Perry says:

    Hi, Erika–

    I’d like to attend your March 22 webinar on publicizing/promoting a book.
    When will it open for registration?


    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Alan, thank you for bringing this to my attention. You should be able to register now at I look forward to “meeting” you on March 22!

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