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.

  • Paper Butterfly Flash Fiction is open for submissions until November 5. Payment: “$15.00 (Canadian funds).  Please note that if you live in countries outside of Canada, the exchange rate may mean you don’t quite make fifteen bucks from your story.  I’m sorry about that, but if it’s a problem, please don’t send me your work.  Payment will be issued via PayPal.” (Thanks to Pamelyn Casto’s newsletter for the lead on this one.)
  • From Arc Poetry magazine: “We are always looking for reviews of poetry collections — we pay $80 CAD for a brief 500-word review. Ask about our advanced reading copies available for review and send us a pitch! Email managingeditor(at)arcpoetry(dot)ca.” (For the original announcement, scroll down this post.)
  • A Public Space has re-opened for submissions of “fiction, essays, poetry as well as graphic and hybrid work” (and will remain so until the end of December). Payment: “Writers whose work is published in the magazine will receive an honorarium.”
  • Attention, Canadian writers: Saskatoon Public Library is taking applications for its next Writer-in-Residence. “The position requires 14.5 hours per week: (40 percent) of the author’s time to be devoted to library programs and projects, allowing considerable time (60 percent) for their own creative writing. Remuneration: $40,000 for a nine (9) month Term Contract.” Deadline: November 13. (Direct link to job posting.)
  • The Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation and Post-MFA Fellowships at Williams College are “designed to promote diversity on college faculties by encouraging students from underrepresented groups to complete a terminal graduate degree and to pursue careers in college teaching. The Bolin Fellowships are two-year residencies at Williams, and two scholars or artists are appointed each year. Fellows devote the bulk of the first year to the completion of dissertation work—or in the case of MFA applicants, building their professional portfolios—while also teaching one course as a faculty member in one of the College’s academic departments or programs. The second year of residency (ideally with degree in hand) is spent on academic career development while again teaching just one course.” Eligibility: “The Bolin Fellowships are awarded to applicants from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, those who are first-generation college graduates, women in predominantly male fields, or disabled scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who intend to pursue a professorial career in the U.S. Ph.D. candidates must have completed all doctoral work except the dissertation by the end of the current academic year. MFA candidates must be recent recipients of the degree; only those with degrees granted in 2020, or to be granted in 2021, are eligible to apply.” Confers annual stipend of $50,000. “The College will also provide health and dental benefits, relocation and housing assistance, academic support including office space and a computer, and an annual allowance of $4,000 for research-related expenses.”
  • The Amant NYC Residency Program for international artists “has three iterations—Fall, Winter, and Spring—and is the central focus of all our in-house activities. Four artists’ studios enable practitioners to pursue their individual artistic goals while also being closely integrated into the organization’s wider community programming during their three-month New York City visit.” (NB: “Artists who are currently based in NY cannot apply to the residency.”) The residency award includes return economy flights and airport transfers to NY and “a monthly stipend of $3,000.00 to offset the costs of accommodation, transport and day-to-day expenses. Amant studios are not residential.” Deadline: December 18, 2020.
  • ICYMI: You’ll find 36 no-fee, paying competitions and calls listed in the latest issue of our monthly newsletter, which went out to subscribers on Friday.
  • “The Jewish Women’s Archive “is looking for three temporary part-time employees to work on the upcoming new edition of the Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women….The ideal candidate will be motivated, enthusiastic, and detail oriented. Interest in Jewish Studies, feminism, and/or public history a plus. Employees will work 10-20 hours per week. Compensation: $20/hour.” (Cross-posted on My Machberet.)
  • “Publishers Weekly, the leading B2B news and reviews platform servicing the publishing industry, is seeking a reviews editor with impeccable editing and writing skills for its BookLife Reviews, which is a paid reviews product. BookLife is Publishers Weekly’s website dedicated to self-published authors. Under the direction of the BookLife President, this individual will primarily be responsible for assigning and editing reviews of all genres of trade books, largely for self-published authors. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the BookLife Reviews Editor will work remotely. Once PW’s New York City office reopens, this editor is expected to be in the office at least once a week.
  • New England Review seeks a Poetry Editor. From the announcement: “This is a term position with an anticipated start date of March 5, 2021 and an end date of August 31, 2021.” 20 hours/month. “Must be able to read manuscripts online and work remotely.”
  • “The University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), has a position as Managing Editor for The Iowa Review at 100% appointment in the Department of English.  The Managing Editor will Manage publication of the literary journal The Iowa Review (TIR), including editing manuscripts, supervising design and production, budgeting, supervising staff and interns, and working with staff to coordinate website, social media, and other publicity efforts.”
  • Central Washington University is advertising for an Assistant Professor – Creative Writing/Director, El Centro Latinx for Latino & Latin American Studies Program. “This position in the Department of English is expected to teach existing introductory and advanced creative writing courses, and other courses in their area of expertise using a variety of modalities. This position is also the Director of El Centro Latinx for Latino & Latin American Studies Program.
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