Markets & 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.

  • Reminder: I’ve 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.
  • Via Trish Hopkinson: “Coffee & Oranges (formerly Kahini Magazine) is the literary monthly print magazine for Kahini members: submissions, however, are open to all and accepted year-round. Contributors receive a subscription to the magazine and $5,000 payment! (No, that is not a misprint and it is very real.)”
  • From the Speculative Literature Foundation: “The SLF $1000 Older Writers Grant is awarded annually, since 2004, to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. We are currently offering a $1000 grant annually, to be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work.” Deadline: March 31, 2020.
  • April 1 is the deadline to apply for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize: “Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon….The Prize provides financial and other support to writers whose work reflects a similar connection to the desert, recognizing the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. In 2020 the Waterston Desert Writing Prize will recognize one writer with a $2,500 cash award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon, and a residency at Playa at Summer Lake, Oregon.”
  • April 1 is also the deadline to send work to Blackbird, “an online journal of literature and the arts.” Payment: “after publication.”
  • April 6 is the deadline to enter the Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize, which ” seeks to discover talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.” Eligibility: “Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age on 6th April 2020 and have published no more than six exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1,000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international).”
  • Re-opened for submissions: mojo, “the online literary journal of Wichita State University,” which publishes “fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction….All selected work is considered for the annual edition of Mikrokosmos—our print journal that has published for over fifty years, featuring work from William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford, among others.” Pays: “mojo pays a $15 USD flat rate per poem, nonfiction piece, fiction piece, or comic. Please note that submissions to our blog, Latest Content, is not a paying market (we’re sorry!) If a piece is selected for publication in Mikrokosmos, an additional $15 USD will be paid. We know this isn’t much, but as writers ourselves, we like to pay our contributors.” (ht @Duotrope)
  • In DC, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation is advertising for a Development, Marketing, and Programs Associate and for a Nuestra Voces Associate.
  • “The Department of English at the University of Delaware invites applications for a Visiting Creative Writer (Temporary Assistant Professor). This is a one-year appointment, renewable for up to three years.”
  • Temporary Part-Time Lecturer job: “The Department of Literature within the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego ( is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body, and invites applications whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment. Candidates are required to hold a Ph.D. or MFA in Creative Writing, and to have demonstrated outstanding teaching experience in all three of the following genres/areas: Poetry Writing, Experimental Writing, and Science Writing. Candidates must demonstrate excellent teaching qualifications in the above detailed areas, and experience managing diverse classrooms. Preferred candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in an academic setting. Appointments will most likely be part-time, but may be full-time, from one quarter up to one year in duration.” 
  • Queen Mary University of London “seeks to make a 0.5 FTE Lecturer or Senior Lecturer appointment in Creative Writing with a specialism in Poetry; preference may be given to candidates who also have expertise in Creative Nonfiction and/or Writing for Stage or Screen.” NB: “Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers