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.

  • 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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