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.

  • Wax Nine is open for poetry submissions on a rolling basis. We publish each Wednesday, so long as you send us cool things. Take a look at what we’ve published so far to get a sense of what submissions we love. Because this is a poetry journal built on a record label’s pre-existing website (translation: not especially text friendly) it is currently hard for us to make uniquely formatted pieces look great & true to form – although we do our best when we accept them. (Redesign someday that will allow for more interesting paragraph options, we promise.)” Pays: “Published poets receive an honorarium of $50, paid via PayPal on date of publication.” (HT @Duotrope)
  • Via Twitter: “The Tel Aviv Review of Books is always looking for interesting pitches (and we pay). Check out our submission guidelines…and be in touch.” (HT @WeisChoice)
  • Open for applications: the Canadian Women Artists’ Award, which “is open to women identifying Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York State, including students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.” This $5,000 award is “designed to provide financial support to two emerging or early career women identifying artists working in any discipline.” Deadline: May 27, 2020.
  • In Boston, Raising a Reader is hiring a Development and Communications Manager.
  • In San Francisco, SF Weekly “is seeking a part-time staff writer with a wide range of storytelling experience, and versatility  to provide thought-provoking, in-depth news coverage capturing the fabric of San Francisco and the many issues confronting the city.”
  • The University of North Carolina Wilmington is hiring an Assistant Professor of Publishing Arts who “will teach courses in publishing, with all curricula emphasizing diversity and inclusion, and contribute to program and curriculum development. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with the publisher of Lookout Books to recommend and help acquire promising manuscripts for the award-winning imprint, serving as the editorial lead on one or more titles a year, as well as top editing additional titles.”
  • In California, “the Department of Literatures and Languages at Mills College invites applications for a full-time Assistant Adjunct Professor in English specializing in Creative Writing, Fiction / Creative Nonfiction.”
  • In Kentucky, “Berea College’s Creative Writing Program and Department of English invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry, for a two-year term with a start date of August 2020. We seek a poet and teacher passionate about connecting with students and programs while continuing to produce creative work.” NB: “Prospective candidates should come from the Upper South, southern Ohio or the Appalachian diaspora.”

Quick reminder: I continue to update this site’s new page of info on Covid-19-focused emergency grants and related info for writers. Check it out at, and please share as you find appropriate.

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