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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- ICYMI: The February issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers on Friday. It features 30+ current calls/competitions. None of them charge fees for submissions/entries; all of them pay for winning/published work.
- Amplify’s next retreat, “Promote Your Work with Confidence,” is scheduled for late March and is offering a “Megaphone” fellowship to a writer of color. The fellowship “covers the full cost of the weekend. (Travel to Portland [Ore.] not included.)” Scroll down the page for application instructions. Deadline: February 12, 2020.
- Hub City Press is offering a “a special reading period for creative nonfiction (essay collections/memoirs/single topic narrative nonfiction) ONLY,” ending on February 14, 2020. NB: They’re open to “well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors, with an emphasis on the Southern experience. We are particularly interested in books with a strong sense of place. We believe strongly that the publishing industry needs to promote a more diverse range of experiences, and so have committed ourselves to spotlighting lesser-heard Southern voices including: people of color, gender diversity, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, as well as ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. We would prefer projects submitted during this period be complete or mostly complete.”
- “Undergraduate college students are invited to submit up to three poems and/or up to two short stories” for the Lex Allen Literary Festival prizes ($100 for each genre) at Hollins University. Deadline: February 14, 2020.
- Autumn House Press announces the CAAPP Book Prize: “Autumn House is thrilled to announce our newest partnership with The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. This publishing partnership allows CAAPP and AHP the opportunity to publish and promote work by a writer of African descent. The prize will be awarded to a first or second book by a writer of African descent and is open to the full range of writers embodying African and African diasporic experience. The book can be of any genre that is, or intersects with, poetry, including poetry, hybrid work, speculative prose, and/or translation. The winning manuscript will be published by Autumn House Press in 2021, and its author will be awarded $3,000.” Deadline: February 15, 2020. Final Judge: Terrance Hayes, CAAPP Co-Founder, and MacArthur-winning Poet.
- “The Dalton School, a progressive independent K–12 all gender school in New York City…is pleased to announce The Dalton Creative Writing Program Fellowship, which will welcome to the Dalton community a post‐MFA or ‐PhD writer of color. Writers of any and all genres will be considered.” NB: “Applicants must identify as a person of color and have finished or be planning to finish an MFA or PhD in creative writing in the current or previous calendar year at the time of application. Applicants will be evaluated on the strength of their manuscripts, as well as a strong interest in and record of teaching. The Fellowship will include a full benefits package as well as an Associate Teacher’s contract at Dalton, currently paying $53,700. The Fellow may not have any other full or part time work, and is expected to be fully committed to teaching as well as writing. The Fellowship is for one year.” Deadline: February 29, 2020.
- “Central Connecticut State University’s English Department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of English to serve as the department’s specialist in fiction writing.”
- “The Center for Fiction is seeking an Event Manager to help with our public programs.” NB: “This is a part time position in New York City in the borough of Brooklyn. Hours vary from week to week with some parts of the year being very busy, and no work required other weeks.”