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.)

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  • The Center for Humans and Nature “invites submissions in the form of essays, artwork, poems, and reflections for the citizenship themed 2020 Spring Minding Nature issue. We encourage a diversity of perspectives that address historical viewpoints, alternative forms of public decision making, critiques of the Citizenship concept itself, and ways we might imagine what an Ecological Citizenship can look like. An honorarium will be granted to each accepted submission.” Deadline: February 21, 2020. (HT Cathy’s Comps and Calls)
  • “The Victor Howes Prize in Poetry welcomes entries from undergraduate English majors currently enrolled at a New England college (2-year or 4-year). “Prize: $1,000 and an invitation to read at the Student Awards Reading at the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in June.” NB: Submissions must be sent by postal mail. Deadline: February 28.
  • Closing soon: Cincinnati Review is receiving submissions until March 1. The journal pays $25/page for prose and $30/page for poetry.
  • The VIDA Review “is a bi-monthly online literary magazine publishing original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and interviews. We are exclusively interested in work by those often marginalized in literary spaces, including people of color; women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, non-binary, trans, and two-spirit people; LGBQIA people; people with disabilities; and people living at the intersections of these identities.” Pays: “The VIDA Review is currently able to pay those published under fiction, nonfiction, and poetry $15-$20 per author. This is a very small token, but we are currently actively working on increasing funds so as to pay authors more.”
  • Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for freelance book reviewers” in a variety of areas. Pays: “a modest honorarium per review.” 
  • “The Department of English at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor rank in creative writing (fiction), to begin in August 2020. The department seeks an active writer and dedicated teacher to teach courses in both our MFA program and our BA in English. We welcome applications from candidates with secondary expertise in such areas as creative non-fiction, screenwriting, translation, or new media. The ability to teach courses in literature, composition and rhetoric, or linguistics is welcomed, as well.”
  • Central Washington University is advertising an assistant-professor position in the Department of English, “expected to teach existing introductory and advanced creative writing courses in fiction and creative nonfiction, and other courses in their area of expertise using a variety of modalities.”
  • Southwest Minnesota State University is looking for an Assistant Professor of Poetry.
  • “The English Department of Bowling Green State University seeks a poet to serve as the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer.”
  • The College of Charleston seeks a “Visiting Assistant Professor of English (First-Year Writing and Creative Writing – Poetry).”
  • At the University of North Carolina, the Creative Writing Program “seeks to bring an emerging talent to campus for a one-year teaching appointment as the Kenan Visiting Writer. For the 2020-2021 academic year, beginning August 2020, the Program requests applicants in CREATIVE NON-FICTION. This one-year appointment carries an annual salary of $32,000, with benefits. The selected candidate will teach one undergraduate creative writing course per semester, most likely at the introductory level. The selected candidate will also give one major public reading and otherwise participate fully in the life of the Creative Writing Program.”
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