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.

  • Over the past week I added a couple of more 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.
  • And the April issue of The Practicing Writer has indeed gone out to subscribers. You’ll find no fewer than 30 timely listings of fee-free and paying calls/competitions listed there.
  • Hurry if you want to catch this flash-nonfiction opportunity from Critical Read, which closes tomorrow: “As we all adjust to life indoors, isolated from the world, we grow more aware of what gives our lives meaning. Art remains inseparable from our lives. Art is perhaps even more urgent in this time, as we turn to the people and places most important to us in order to find a sense of normalcy and safety. Museums are going digital, cultural venues are streaming past performances, and bucket list novels are finally being read. At Critical Read, we know that art is essential. We have always known this. We’re asking you to help us spread the word. We are looking for essays of up to 300 words on the particular work of art—be it a work of visual art, performing art, or literature—that you are turning to right now. It could be an appreciation of the art you have access to from your home. It can also be a remembrance of the art you wish you could see or hear right now, or a trip to a museum or arts organization that you wish you could relive. How is this work of art sustaining you right now? How has it transformed you? Why does it drive you? We will consider essays about art from around the world but we are particularly interested in reading about American art or art presented by an American institution. We will be publishing one essay every week. Selected essays will be awarded $25. There is no entry fee.” 
  • You’ve got until May 1 to send work to an Erato, an “anthology of sensual flash fiction and prose poetry offering erotica connoisseurs something new on every page. Send us stories that engage readers’ minds, stimulate the senses, and make pulses race–that swiftly beguile us and offer rapid satisfaction, but will also leave us thinking about them days, or years, afterward.” Pays: “$30 per story and a free ebook copy of the anthology.” NB: Reprints considered.
  • Newly announced: “a coronavirus rolling grant for U.S. freelance journalists from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. FIJ’s board of directors is looking for stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing—such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power—in the public and private sectors. FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color and involving the impact of the coronavirus in U.S. ethnic communities. Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000. They cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. FIJ also considers requests for small stipends.”
  • In Oklahoma, “Northeastern State University invites applications for a full time tenure track faculty member for Assistant Professor of English. This is a Creative Writing position with an emphasis in poetry, but the selected candidate must demonstrate the ability to teach generalist courses in the major and core courses including Composition. Desirable areas of secondary emphasis include digital humanities and drama. This faculty member will be based on the Tahlequah campus with the expectation courses will be taught on both the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. ” 
  • “The Literary Journalism program at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for part-time lecturer positions to teach Literary Journalism courses at various levels during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters of 2020-2021 academic year.”
  • In New Jersey, “the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is seeking distinguished writers for a potential part-time opening teaching undergraduate workshops. This position is a one- or two-semester appointment, with the possibility of reappointment based on course enrollments and the needs of the program. The position begins September 2020 and/or January 2021.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers