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.

  • The Maine Review is temporarily open for fee-free submissions. Details over on their Submittable page (if you don’t see fee-free categories any longer, they may have reached their cap). Payment: “Fiction and Nonfiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more.  Poets will receive a $25 honorarium per published poem.” Cash payments for their “Embody” feature are limited to Editor’s Choice winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions. “Currently, we are unable to pay all contributors to our weekly Embody feature, but we’re working on it!” 
  • Australia-based Griffith Review welcomes submissions for an upcoming issue themed “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, More” until October 15. They’re seeking “the best new writing and ideas around resources and sustainability across all forms and genres: essays, reportage, memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction, visual essays and poetry.” Pays: “Fees are negotiated by word length, except for contributors employed by universities who, are paid a flat fee.” 
  • From Motherwell: “CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, most of us will be home for the holidays this year. Motherwell is looking for original essays about how you are celebrating a little differently in 2020.” Per the thread, payment is $50.
  • Speaking of holidays: Last week I posted a call from submissions from the NPR team that’s working on the next “Hanukkah Lights” show. You can find it over on the My Machberet blog.
  • The Nine Dots Prize “is a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box. The question for 2020/21 is: What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?” Deadline: January 18, 2021.
  • The Chicago-based Poetry Foundation is currently advertising multiple positions (including multiple guest editorships for Poetry magazine that will continue to be remote positions even after employees return to the physical office.
  • From Long Island University (Brooklyn, NY): “The Co-Director of MFA in Writing at LIU-Brooklyn and Assistant/Associate Professor in the new George Polk School of Communications is responsible for overseeing with their co-director the supervision the Writing Program. To achieve this goal, the co-directors will oversee of the enrollment of new and continuing students hiring of adjunct faculty and program visitors, including the Polk Visiting Writers-in-Residence, the Polk Professional Series, and visits by editors, agents, and others. In addition, the co-director, working with the Director of the Polk School, will be responsible for developing the curriculum and scheduling classes, directing student theses, and other duties as they arise. This is a tenure-track Assistant/Associate professorship (commensurate with experience) with 12-month responsibilities.”
  • The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks an Assistant Professor of English (specialization in Creative Writing): “This position as a creative writing instructor carries a 4/4 teaching load that includes first-year composition.  A successful candidate will demonstrate effectiveness in teaching creative writing, with expertise in poetry or fiction.  Knowledge of current composition pedagogy and experience teaching composition is also expected.  Experience advising student writing groups and/or student publications preferred.  Additional desirable experience could include incorporating new media and other appropriate technologies into the writing classroom, teaching general linguistics or modern literature (of any genre or nationality), or teaching online or distance learning.”
  • The Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State University “seeks qualified candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position teaching Poetry and other forms of Creative Writing to a diverse student body at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The ideal candidate would have a deep understanding of the unique experiences and issues facing Latinx/Chicanx, Black, Indigenous, and other writers of color in the publishing world and beyond.”
  • The English department at North Carolina State University “is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction. We are looking for a candidate with a national reputation and a strong publication record in journalism and/or creative nonfiction, with an emphasis in science, technology, or environmental writing.”
  • From The University of Chicago: “During the autumn, winter, and spring quarters of the 2020-2021 academic year, the Humanities Collegiate Division may have part-time teaching opportunities in the Creative Writing program in the genres of poetry, nonfiction, or fiction.”
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  1. Thank you for suggesting the Maine submission as I once had a story published by The Aroostook Review (University of Maine)!

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