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.

  • Reminder: Make it a habit to check the Chicken Soup for the Soul website, where titles in development are posted. Right now, for instance, their projects include a book on “Miracles, Amazing Coincidences & the Unexplainable,” with a deadline of August 31. Payment for accepted (true) stories: $200 plus 10 free copies.
  • The latest issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers on Friday. It features three dozen paying calls/competitions that do not charge submission/entry fees.
  • But, wait! Trish Hopkinson has also published a new post spotlighting several current fee-free/paying calls (and our lists don’t seem to overlap much).
  • Chestnut Review invites applications for Poetry Editor. “Having completed a very successful first year, we are looking forward to bringing on a new poetry editor to help chart our path forward.” Remote position. Payment: “We offer a token stipend of $100 per issue ($400/year) for editors.” Apply by August 10. (Note: Chestnut Review itself is also a paying publication that accepts fee-free submissions.)
  • “Montreal literary magazine carte blanche is currently seeking a BIPOC Blog Curator to bring their perspectives and artistry to the 2020/2021 Blog theme of Resilience: Resistance.” This person “will be responsible for curating Blog posts in the form of: stories, interviews, art/media, sound clips and/or audio interviews, or other suggested formats, to support the work of BIPOC Canadian writers, activists, and artists. The Blog Curator position would require 30 hours of work from August-December of 2020/2021 with $600 remuneration (this includes $200 for a post written by the curator themselves), towards the curation of 4 Blog BIPOC authored posts.” Remote position. Apply by August 10.
  • “Bard College seeks a Managing Editor for the literary journal, Conjunctions. The managing editorship is a part-time, three day a week, in-office position located at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.” 
  • The New York Writers Coalition is hiring an Interim Program Manager. This is a “virtual, part-time, temporary position, starting mid-August through the end of 2020.” Pay info: “approximately $500/week for 18-20 hours.”
  • “826DC is searching for a part-time Young Authors’ Book Project Manager to lead one of our much-loved publishing program.” Salary: “range for this position is $23,500 with a complete benefits package including healthcare, vacation time, and sick time.” NB: “Remote during COVID-19.”
  • “826 Boston seeks a creative team member with strong organizational skills to serve as the Writers’ Room Coordinator at the Boston Teachers Union School (BTU).” NB: “A note about operations during the COVID-19 pandemic: 826 Boston is currently operating remotely and will continue serving students digitally until at least the end of the year. While our Writers’ Room Coordinators typically spend four days per week in their school, for the safety of our team, our students, and our communities, we will continue our successful digital learning approach until at least January 1, 2021.” This is a full-time job.
  • Also in Boston, “the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College seeks applications for adjunct positions for the Fall 2020 semester to teach courses in digital, magazine, and book publishing.” NB: Job requirements include the “availability to teach in person classes with some elements of the course online during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Please note: The College offers online teaching support.)”
  • “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. Ideal applicants will hold a Ph.D. in English, Comparative Literature, or a related field and demonstrate excellence in and a commitment to undergraduate teaching. Candidates should have a minimum of five years’ experience teaching at the university level. Candidates should also demonstrate research ability in some or all of the following areas: nonfiction literature and/ or theoretical approaches to narrative, nonfiction, or life writing. In addition, a background in narrative journalism and a substantial record of publication of original work in the field are preferred.”
  • In Virginia, “the Department of English at James Madison University invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professorship in Creative Nonfiction Writing. The position will begin in fall 2020 teaching online courses only, but with the possibility of teaching in-person, online, or hybrid courses in spring 2021. Secondary fields may include fiction, poetry, gender studies, disability studies, African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American literatures, among other fields.”
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