Markets & Jobs for Writers

a computer keyboard spotlighting a key labeled "help"
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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 weekend I put together a page of info on emergency grants and related info for writers. Check it out at, and please share as you find appropriate.
  • Reminder: We’re about halfway through March, which means that it’s a good moment to recheck the March issue of The Practicing Writer for time-sensitive opportunities.
  • Re-opened for submissions: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, which “is looking for, as you might guess, ‘compressed creative arts.’ We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.” Pays: “We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.”
  • Also open again (as of yesterday): LampLight, “a quarterly magazine of dark fiction.” Consider reprints, “provided you have the rights we are asking for. We will not consider reprints that are currently available for free online.” Payment: “unpublished fiction: 3¢ per word, $150.00 max; reprints: 1¢ per word.” NB: “We can only get 300 submissions a month through Submittable. If the followed link reads “There are presently no open calls for submissions.” then we have filled our quota for the month. You will be able to submit again on the 1st of the following month.” (HT @Duotrope)
  • March 20 is the deadline to apply for September/October 2020 residencies at Bethany Arts Community (BAC) in Ossining, New York. “BAC offers short term residencies attracting artists at different stages of their careers from around the world for the development of both new works and works in progress. BAC welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers. During their time on site, these artists will develop new works while engaging with local artists and the public.” In addition to living/work space and meals, artists are provided weekly subsidies of $150. NB: I don’t currently see any COVID-19-related information about this residency program posted, but that doesn’t mean that their scheduling may be thrown off.
  • In New York, The New York Times “is looking for an experienced editor to run Great Reads, a new digital home for great writing from around the Times. Working closely with the homepage team and the Magazine desk, this editor will be trusted to make judgment calls about which stories to highlight, and will also work to improve and champion narrative writing all around the organization. Ideal candidates will possess deep experience in narrative editing and an instinctive sense for what makes a great feature, whether it’s a 900-word dispatch or a 10,000-word magazine story; in particular, they will bring a strong sense of structure and a keen ear for stylish prose. Candidates should also have wide-ranging interests, from hard news to cultural subjects; diplomatic skills to work effectively with editors across the newsroom; and grace under deadline pressure.”
  • In DC, “The Lily, the Washington Post’s vertical dedicated to stories central to women, has an opening for a deputy editor.” (Looks as though the deadline to apply is Friday, March 20; thanks to MEOjobs for this one.)
  • Minnesota State University Mankato is hiring an assistant professor with a poetry specialty. “The creative writing specialist will teach multiple sections of English 242W, Introduction to Creative Writing, undergraduate and graduate poetry courses, and other courses across genres based on need. Faculty member will also serve as an advisor for MFA theses. Renewable, upon satisfactory performance, to a total of 3 years.”
  • In Indiana, “the Department of English at DePauw University invites applications for a full-time, renewable, two-year term position beginning August 10, 2020 at the rank of Assistant Professor. MFA or Ph.D. (completed by July 1, 2020) in Creative Writing (with specialties in short fiction and screenwriting) required. MA or other demonstrated specialty in Latinx Lit also required.” 
  • In Texas, Austin Community College is looking for adjunct faculty to teach creative writing (emphasis in Young Adult Fiction).
a computer keyboard spotlighting a key labeled "help"

4 thoughts on “Markets & Jobs for Writers

  1. Diana Rosen says:

    Thank your for the great resources list! I’ve passed it onto several writing groups. Your posting is a mitzvah, for sure.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Very kind, Diana. Thank you. Stay well!

  2. Cathy Bryant says:

    Thank you for this, and thanks for the fab list of resources, which I have shared. Best wishes! xxx

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks, Cathy. All good wishes right back at you!

Comments are closed.