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.

  • Hurry up if you’re interested in this one: “Applications are now being accepted for the Harper-Wood Creative Writing & Travel Award for English Poetry and Literature 2020. The purpose of the Award is to inspire a project of creative writing by making it possible for the holder to engage in relevant, project-related travel and study, and the Award isintended primarily for unpublished creative writers who are in the initial stages of their careers….This one-year Award is an opportunity for a student who has graduated from any university in the UK, Ireland, the Commonwealth or the USA. During the year the Award Holder is expected to engage in a course of study or research, and produce a piece of original fiction, drama or poetry. Funding up to a maximum of £15,000 is provided to cover accommodation and living expenses during the course of the year. The deadline for applications is 9am on Wednesday 6 May 2020.” (Presumably GMT; thanks to Cathy’s Comps & Calls for the lead.)
  • New Hampshire writers: The next deadline for Artist Entrepreneurial Grant applications is May 8. These grants “support opportunities that will benefit artists’ careers and small businesses, including the development of business skills, participation in programs to raise the level and quality of their art, and participation in programs that will bring their art to the widest possible markets.”
  • Geez, “a quarterly, non-profit, ad-free, print magazine about social justice, art, and activism for people at the fringes of faith in both Canada and the US,” that, according to its general guidelines, provides “modest honorariums to contributors (especially those who depend on income from writing),” has issued a call for pitches with a deadline of May 10: “A year ago, we sat down and thought through our themes for the coming year. We never could have imagined the context we would all be living under when we would one day send out this call for pitches. Death and Dying – it is all together ordinary, human, messy, scary, sacred, and known to all of us. It can also be ripe with political and cultural ramifications. How do we die well? How do we care for the dying? How do we care for the dead? How do we mourn individually and collectively? Perhaps more than ever, this is a time to speak into grief. Our bodies are carrying so much collective pain. We need to honour the dead. We need to weep. We need stories that will help us heal. We need art that will speak into what we cannot name. We need something – anything – to make us laugh. Let us gather this tender, creative, and brave community of Geez in order to give ourselves to the work that lies before us.” 
  • Reminder: You’ll find about 30 more current calls and competitions—all fee-free, all paying—in the latest (May) issue of The Practicing Writer.
  • “The Wall Street Journal’s Opinion section is looking for a talented editor to join our book review team in New York as an Associate Books Editor. This person will be responsible for editing daily and weekend book reviews tailored for the global audience of the Journal’s print edition and website, and copy editing reviews assigned by other editors. In coordination with fellow book-review editors, they will assign reviews to freelance contributors on topics including business, history, politics, science, literature and other fields. The Associate Books Editor will also compose the online newsletter text and coordinate the presentation of book reviews for online, mobile apps and other channels.” (Via MEOJobs.)
  • Mass Poetry–a Boston-based nonprofit that promotes poetry and offers poetry programming across Massachusetts–seeks a self-starter with strong communication skills and a background in event management. This stipended service position will run from approximately August 5, 2020 to August 3, 2021.”
  • In Oakland, California, Mills College is advertising for a Project Coordinator for We Are the Voices We Have Been Waiting for: Poetry, Performance, and Public Humanities, “a Mellon Foundation Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities (HESH) funded project which aims to promote creative connections among poets, performers, and scholars across Oakland/East Bay and beyond. The project comprises three parts–Mills graduate student community collaborators working with community organizations; Mills undergraduate students developing a digital archive of arts in Oakland; and performance, lectures, and conversations for the Mills College Presents: Oakland Performing Arts/Oakland Performing Public Humanities (OPA/OPH).”
  • The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth , “a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced K-12 students around the world,” seeks online writing instructors.

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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