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."

The weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). These posts are intended to complement/supplement 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 (this blog, on the other hand, does sometimes include those more restricted opportunities).

  • Over the past week I added a couple of links to this site’s new page of info on emergency grants and related info for writers. Check it out at, and please share as you find appropriate.
  • Reminder: It’s just about time for the April issue of The Practicing Writer to go out to subscribers (soon! I promise!). Which means that it’s a good moment to recheck the March issue of The Practicing Writer for time-sensitive opportunities (and, of course, to subscribe, if you haven’t already).
  • Hurry up for this one: The Yale Review “is currently looking for work for our online portfolio ‘Letters from a Pandemic.’ We are seeking incisive thesis-driven or narrative pieces, whether you’re a single mom with kids in quarantine, or one of the third of NYC workers who recently lost work.” (Per this Twitter thread, this is a paying opportunity; per the Submittable page, you need to get pitches in by tomorrow.) (HT @WeisChoice)
  • Tomorrow’s also the deadline to send work for Yellow Arrow Publishing’s next journal issue, which will be themed, “Home.” To send in work, you should be “a writer/artist that identifies as a woman with creative nonfiction, poetry, a book review, or cover art you would like to share.” Payment: “$10.00 USD and a limited edition, hand-bound copy of the journal issue.” (HT @Duotrope)
  • From Authors Publish: a list of book publishers “with geographic restrictions” (within the U.S., U.K., and Australia).
  • In North Carolina, “a coalition of media organizations called the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative seeks a talented and experienced individual to be its part-time project editor and director. The CJC launched two years ago under the initial guidance of the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN), which encourages rigorous, solutions-based reporting on community issues. Funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The collaborative’s media partners include public radio station WFAE , NBC TV affiliate WCNC, the Charlotte Observer, Q-notes, Queen City Metro and La Noticia. Non-newsroom partners include The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, and Free Press.”
  • “The Creative Writing Program and The Writing Program in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to hire a Teaching Assistant Professor for a three year contract who will be responsible for teaching 6 courses: a mixture of English composition and rhetoric, as well as poetry courses in English and American literature. In recruiting a successful candidate the outcomes would have students completing courses both with an understanding of contemporary poetry and the breadth of styles available in writing it in poetry courses and a solid foundation of writing in ENGL 105 courses.”
  • At Colby College (Maine), “applications are invited for a one-year position as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2020-2021academic year. We seek candidates with demonstrated excellence in teaching fiction, and significant published creative work, which should include one book-length work of fiction (either novel or a collection of short stories) or a record of significant short story publications.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

4 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Erika, your blog and newsletter are fantastic! I heard about them via word-of-mouth. I’ve subscribed for about a year and often use your listed opportunities to submit my fiction, poetry, essays, and even plays. I’ve had a few successes from them – thank you so much! And I hope sales from your worthwhile book are going swimmingly! — Martha Patterson, Boston, Mass.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      How kind! Thank you, Martha. And all best wishes to you.

  2. Erika,
    Thanks for being such a great literary citizen. As a writer it’s great to know we’re not alone. You offer such fantastic advice and opportunities. It fuels my practice and I thank you!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Ellen, thank you very much for this oh-so-kind comment. Best wishes!

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