Markets and 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.

  • Until September 10, Longleaf Review welcomes submissions on the theme of “harvest.” Payment: “We pay $20 per author in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. All authors in the current issue will also receive free priority registration for our next Weekend Workshop Intensive. We are unable to pay for reviews at this time.” (Thanks to Cathy’s Comps & Calls for leading me to this one.)
  • Hoosier Noir is seeking gritty, well written short stories. All stories must involve an Indiana crime or Hoosiers involved in a crime. All stories should be 2,000 to 5,000 words. We’re also accepting flash fiction with a max of 1,000 words.” No simultaneous submissions. Pays: “Each selected author will receive a payment of $15 ($10 for Flash fiction) & one contributor copy.” Deadline: September 13th 2020 at midnight. NB: “Submissions for our 4:20 Noir (Special Issue) Open September 15th 2020. This will not be limited to Indiana Crime Fiction. We are looking for your best marijuana related crime fiction. All regular submissions guidelines and payment details remain the same.”
  • The Dirty Spoon Radio Hour and Journal welcomes contributors, “first time authors, established writers, chefs, servers, food industry workers, farmers, foodies, non-foodies, and everyone in between to pitch or submit your full-length writings.” They’re interested in nonfiction only, “essays, interviews and articles about people who work in our consumable culture.” Payment: “honorarium of $50 upon publication via Paypal or mailed check.”
  • “Poets & Writers has announced new funding for writers who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and reside in Detroit, Houston, or New Orleans (and the surrounding metro areas). Grants of $250 to $750 will support online literary events. The application deadline is September 30.”
  • ICYMI: Over on my other blog (My Machberet), last Friday’s post featured multiple fee-free, paying opportunities from the world of Jewish writing. Instead of listing them all again, I’m going to suggest that you click over to the full post.
  • “Mass Poetry, a nonprofit poetry organization headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, seeks a strong project manager with a passion for poetry to join us as the Festival Director for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. This contract role will run from approximately October 2020 – June 2021 and require approximately 8 hours per week, with flexible and additional availability as the festival approaches.” Compensation: “This contract role will pay a stipend of $15,000. Funds will be paid via a partnership between Mass Poetry and Salem State University.”
  • From The New York Times: “The OpEd team for the Opinion section of the New York Times is looking for a fact-checker to provide temporary support through the 2020 election cycle. This is a temporary assignment until approximately November 13, 2020.” (H/t MEOjobs)
  • In Pennsylvania, West Chester University seeks “applicants for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing), beginning in August 2021.”
  • 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

4 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. First time comment(er)


    I have submitted several poems and CNF’s using your newsletter as a source. No success to date. But…I wanted to drop you a line anyway – just to let you know how much your unselfish efforts (not forgetting Trish & Cathy) means to me personally. It means I can spend less time surfing the net in frustration looking for a home for my creations, and spend more time writing. This is truly a wonderful gift from all three of you. So please accept my sincerest thanks for what you do!

    Dr. Thomas Davison
    added note – you also turned me onto the Poets and Writers Face Book Page

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you so much for this kind comment! I can’t seem to access the (Facebook) link that you posted with your name? Would you mind re-posting? And I’m assuming “Trish & Cathy” are Trish Hopkinson and Cathy Bryant–yes, indeed, they’re wonderful.

  2. Erika,

    Yes – I should have been more clear – I meant Trish Hopkinson and Cathy Bryant – the three of you are cut from the same ‘giving’ cloth – and a big support to my writing life. Probably why I constantly refer to you three on a first name familiarity basis. No disrespect intended.

    my facebook link:

    Thanks again for what you do – for all of us!

    ~ Tom

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      No disrespect taken! I just wanted to be sure that if I reference this comment elsewhere I do so correctly. Thanks again.

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