Markets & Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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.

Today’s post (which was accidentally published a day early when I was a bit overeager with the dashboard) is going to emphasize “jobs” because the “markets” will rain down on you tomorrow when the July edition of The Practicing Writer newsletter goes out. (In the meantime, remember to double-check the June issue for the many opportunities listed there that remain open!)

  • Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for a columnist and writer-at-large to cover issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the book business in addition to general trade news for both print and digital. The new position will require the publication of 4-6 pieces a month: one 800-word column on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and one reported piece per week—which could include, but is not limited to, news coverage, trend pieces, features, Q&As, or consumer-oriented book coverage—totaling 500-1,000 words for PW Daily and other newsletters. PW will pay a freelance rate of $0.50/word for all pieces. Candidates who are asked to take an editorial test for the position will be paid $0.50/word for completing that test, which will consist of pitching and writing a 600-word article to be published in PW Daily….Members of diverse communities are highly encouraged to apply. We’re especially looking for individuals who are well-versed in Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Asian, Asian American, Latinx, Latinx American, immigration, and disability experiences to apply.” This is a remote position.
  • Publishers Weekly is also looking for “experienced freelance book reviewers who can comfortably handle books” in a variety of listed subjects/genres. Pays: “a modest honorarium per review.”
  • Blogger sought: In the UK, “Happy London Press is looking for someone who can write a weekly blog of around 500 words which takes a look behind the scenes of novels, writers, and fiction and offers interesting insights for readers. You will also know about using keywords for SEO. Fee: £100 for 4 blogs per month 500 words each.”
  • “The Pulitzer Center seeks an experienced Copy Editor to oversee all copy published by the Center, including website updates, event announcements, email newsletters, annual and quarterly reports, and print marketing materials. You will also manage the website copy production process for external content, supervising a team of interns to ensure that all stories published by outside outlets with Pulitzer Center support are accurately republished on the site.” NB: “Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Pulitzer Center is currently working remotely. Candidates should have stable high-speed internet access and a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone. We anticipate returning to the office at least part of the work week once Washington, D.C. safely reopens.”
  • Two jobs open at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW): Digital Communications Manager and Programs Manager. (Both are temporarily remote positions, the AAWW is based in New York.)
  • In Ohio, “the Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Cincinnati has an opening for a Community Engagement Coordinator. The Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for outreach, both within and outside of UC. This is the primary work of this position. Duties include curating the physical and digital collection of the Elliston Poetry Room; working with faculty and graduate students on outreach to K-12 schools and community groups; supporting undergraduate groups; coordinating events; locating and applying for appropriate grants; and publicizing events, student groups, and other activities.”
  • In Connecticut, “the Department of English at Wesleyan University seeks a fiction writer for a tenure track Assistant, Associate, or Professor position to begin on July 1, 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