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.)

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  • The Maine Review “is celebrating the end of 2020 with free submissions” until December 31 “or until we reach our free submission maximum allowed by Submittable. Submissions will automatically close when the maximum is reached.” 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.”
  • Introducing “accepts short fiction from 1,500-5,000 words from writers who have never had a story accepted for publication by a journal in print or online. Self-published writers are eligible to submit.” From the editor/publisher: “While I appreciate the value of genre fiction, I am only interested in literary submissions.” Pays: $10. Submittable page indicates that there’s a current deadline of December 31.
  • Mermaids Monthly is a new publication that is taking submissions now (until January 9th) for its first issue. Everything submitted “should in some way relate to merfolk.” Pay rates are detailed on the website. (Discovered this one via Duotrope.) 
  • needs feature articles. Pays: $60.
  • The next round of Tablet Magazine’s Journalism Fellowship program will run February through April 2021. “Candidates may be from any ethnic or religious background, but must have a strong interest in Tablet’s editorial mission, which is to cover Jewish news, religion, and culture. We welcome participants no matter their political leanings, so long as they believe in fair, skeptical journalism.” Remote program, 15-18 hours/week. “The program resembles an internship program in that fellows are paid ($3,000 for the three-month program), but it will share many traits with journalism school: strong mentorship, a cohort or ‘class,’ frequent group exercises, and guest speakers drawn from the top ranks of journalism.” Deadline: January 4, 2021.
  • Boston-based GrubStreet is hiring a Program Coordinator for Youth and Community Programs.
  • In Ohio, “the English department at Kenyon College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in creative writing with a specialization in fiction and significant experience in another prose genre, such as creative non-fiction, science and nature writing, journalism, and/or comics/graphic narrative.” 
  • “The Liberal Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) invites applications for a full-time visiting faculty position in Creative Writing with a one-year contract, annually renewable up to three years. Candidates must have previous teaching experience in foundation writing classes or a sufficient background to successfully teach such courses. The preferred field of specialization is fiction; special consideration will be given to scholars with secondary expertise in drama, script-writing, writing for the screen, or writing for children and young adults.” 
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