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. The 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.)

  • If I’m reading everything correctly, The Southampton Review, will open and then quickly close its submissions window tomorrow, September 1. (They reached their Submittable cap for August, which suggests that they’ll re-open on September 1; their current deadline is September 1.) They consider submissions for print and online publication, but pay only for print: “$100+” for prose, $75 per poem.
  • From the Arts Council of Indianapolis: “The Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Program awards two $3,500 fellowships each year to qualified and talented artists in music, dance, theatre, literature, media and/or the visual arts. The program consists of two distinct components. The first component, a monetary award in the amount of $3,500, will be awarded for supplies, instruction, workshops, studio or rehearsal space, or other uses specifically related to the growth and development of the artist’s artistic work. The second component of the program involves a unique opportunity for connections and professional relationships within the arts community.” NB: Consult the guidelines for detailed eligibility criteria, including list of counties in which the applicant must be resident and explanation of “emerging.” Deadline: October 9, 2020.
  • You will find many, MANY more timely calls and competitions listed in the September issue of The Practicing Writer newsletter, which will go out to subscribers later today. In the meantime, you’ll still find lots of listings that remain open in the archived August edition.
  • SLICE magazine wants to “expand its team of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry editors, with assistant editor positions available in all three genres.” Remote, part-time positions “involve a concentrated reading and deliberation period once a year with a few planning intervals in the interim. Positions include a stipend for each issue.”
  • “Alma, a Jewish culture site from 70 Faces Media, is seeking an enthusiastic, detail-oriented editorial fellow to join our small team. The ideal candidate is an excellent writer with an interest in pop culture, politics, feminism, social justice, and issues that impact Jews around the world. We are also looking for someone who is social media savvy, can keep a finger on the pulse of trends and Jewish news, and is excited about the idea of a ‘meme meeting.’ Creativity, strong attention to detail, a keen visual eye, and the ability to stay on top of a variety of tasks are key to success at this job. Familiarity with Jewish culture and traditions is helpful. This is a full-time, remote, 3-month fellowship that pays $15 per hour. Working hours will be roughly Monday to Friday, 9-5 EST.”
  • Sefaria seeks “a freelance writer and editor to support our work in making Jewish texts accessible online. This role is a part-time, temporary contract position through the end of 2020 with the potential to move forward into 2021. This position will require a minimum of 20 hours per week.” Hourly compensation “depends on experience, starting at $30 per hour.” (NB: Per this tweet, it’s also a remote position.)
  • From The New York Times: “We have an opening for an editorial assistant in Opinion, supporting two columnists, Frank Bruni and Gail Collins.” The NYC-based job “is a great gig for someone who is organized, digitally savvy and has broad-ranging news interests with a special curiosity about politics and national affairs.” (ht MEOjobs)
  • In California, “the Department of English at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing, to begin fall 2021. Subspecialties can be in fiction, poetry, and/or new forms/genres. We are particularly interested in creative writing that emphasizes social justice, especially racial and environmental justice; and in candidates committed to undergraduate writing and publishing, including an emphasis on mixed media and/or mixed genre writing.”
  • Yale-NUS College, “a highly selective liberal arts college in Singapore” co-founded by Yale University and the National University of Singapore, “invites applications for a full-time Lecturer position in Creative Writing on a multi-year renewable contract.” Preferred specialization: “fiction with optional secondary expertise in drama and/or script-writing.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

3 thoughts on “Markets & Jobs for Writers

  1. S Fambul says:

    Hi, Erica!

    Just wanted to say thanks so much for sending these opportunities out. You have helped so many in the writing community and I am one of many who are grateful.

    Warmly,
    Loyal Reader

    1. S Fambul says:

      Erika* Apologies for mispelling.

      1. Erika Dreifus says:

        No worries–and thank you for the kind comment!

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