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.

  • From The Maine Review: “In honor of Women’s Month, we are offering a free submission period from March 8th to 14th to all of our amazing writers. Hope you’re as excited as we are!!!” (NB: This is another case where they may reach a cap, so if the fee-free poetry/fiction/nonfiction windows on Submittable appear to have closed when you check, that will be why.) Payment: “Fiction and Nonfiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. Poets will receive a $25 honorarium per published poem.”  
  • From Witness: “LGBTQ+ Writers! Send us your prose! This summer, in honor of the Pride Celebration (June 28th), we are celebrating the voices of writers with queer identities by rolling out a special capsule issue. If you are an LGBTQ+ identifying writer, we want to hear from you.” Deadline: “March 18th or until we reach our maximum submissions.” Pays: “$25 for every 1,500 words of prose.”
  • From Kanstellation: “Issue 3 *tech-themed* subs are open now, until we hit our Submittable allowance or until March 23rd:” Pays: “We are offering $60 for each poem, $80 for each flash piece (fiction or nonfiction), and $100 for each essay accepted for publication, paid via PayPal upon acceptance.” (HT @LawrenceSchimel)
  • From Parks & Points: “In April, we will host an online poetry series in honor of National Poetry Month. We invite poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection.” Deadline: March 31. Pays: “We will offer an honorarium of $10 per published poem.”
  • From Susan Fowler at The New York Times: “Getting back into the swing of things after book tour which means… SEND ME YOUR OP-ED PITCHES!” Follow instructions at the tweet. (HT @WeisChoice)
  • In London, “This Is Our Place is a project that will open up space for Londoners to write about nature,” and they’re currently seeking “four writers-in-residence for the project. Writers can be poets / fiction or creative non-fiction writers. Each writer will be given a residency in a London Wildlife Trust location.” Compensation: “There is a fee of £2,400 for this work. This fee is inclusive of VAT, preparation and travel costs. We believe this is around seven days work in total.” Application deadline is March 18, 10am (presumably, London time). (HT Sian Meades-Williams’s Freelance Writing Jobs newsletter)
  • In Washington, the News Literacy Project (NLP) “is looking for a full-time editor to assist us in our mission: ensuring that the next generation of news consumers has the skills and tools needed to separate fact from fiction and know what news and information to trust, share and act on.” 
  • “Washington State University is looking for a student media content adviser. This person will work directly with student journalists to help them advance their skills. This is a half-time position during the academic year, with summers off.”
  • “The Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is searching for an Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence. This two-year fellowship will rotate between genres, beginning with creative nonfiction for the 2020–22 cycle. This is a nine-month, academic year appointment beginning 8/31/20, with an annual salary of $45,000, and health insurance. The E-K Writer in Residence will teach two classes (graduate and undergraduate) per academic year, and will participate in program events and serve on committees.”
  • “The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) invites applications for a one-year, Visiting Assistant Professor in Literature position beginning August 2020. The successful candidate will teach Creative Writing courses, as well as courses in American Literature, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to the University’s lower-division core offerings. The area of specialization within Creative Writing is open; candidate will be expected to teach in a variety of genres, such as fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.”
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