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.)

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!

  • The February issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers yesterday. It features 40+ curated calls and competitions, so be sure to check it out.
  • Given the plethora of “markets” opportunities in the latest newsletter issue, MOST of the rest of today’s post here on Practicing Writing will be jobs-oriented. But for what it may be worth, I did want to mention this unordered list from Authors Publish (which I have not checked for compensation policies) of “poetry manuscript presses who do not charge reading fees.”
  • Posted yesterday by Rebecca Makkai: “.@StoryStudio is looking for an intern! The gig is 12 weeks, paid, remote, and marketing-centric. Qualifications: current undergrad or masters students with a literary background and/or interest, and skill at social media. Email admin(at)storystudiochicago(dot)org for details.”
  • In Brooklyn, the Center for Fiction “is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant to support senior staff and to facilitate the work of the organization.”
  • “Litro USA is seeking a paid, part-time Managing Editor, preferably based in New York City (we encourage working from home so remote work is possible).”
  • In Portland (Oregon), “Tin House is seeking a part-time Marketing Assistant to provide extensive administrative support and assist with the creation and implementation of promotional campaigns.”
  • Scalawag, “a journalism and storytelling organization that illuminates dissent, unsettles dominant narratives, pursues justice and liberation, and stands in solidarity with marginalized people and communities in the South,” is hiring an Editor, Race & Place. This is a remote position “within the U.S. South (preference given to Atlanta, Birmingham, and Durham).” Compensation: “$35 an hour, paid monthly with the expectation of an average of 15 hours per week.”
  • For those eligible to work in the UK: The Rebecca Swift Foundation is hiring a freelance Project Manager “for the development and delivery of the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize.”
  • Harford Community College (Maryland) seeks summer camp instructors in several genres for “Writing Camp” offerings. “Starting salary range or starting hourly rate range: $30.57 per hour by contract.”
  • Los Angeles Film School seeks an instructor to “create and teach Creative Writing, which will introduce students to the fundamental principles governing fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, and personal memoir, while simultaneously reinforcing the basic rules of English grammar, syntax, and organization. Through a variety of selected readings, in-class exercises, and take-home writing assignments, students will develop and hone their writing skills, deepen their familiarity with an array of literary devices, and explore the concept of personal voice.”
  • “Mississippi University for Women invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing/Fiction with experience in least one other genre (Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, or Drama) at the Assistant Professor level, beginning mid-August 2021.”
  • In Massachusetts, Tufts University is advertising for a Professor of the Practice of Fiction. “Full-time, non-tenure-track, renewable position teaching courses in fiction writing, starting in Fall 2021. Candidates should be established fiction writers with strong records of publication, continuing active involvement in the profession, and proven excellence as undergraduate instructors.” 
  • In North Carolina, Meredith College “seeks an experienced writing instructor to fill a non-tenure-track assistant professorship in English. This full-time, renewable position will begin in August 2021. The teaching load will alternate between three and four classes a semester and will be a combination of composition, poetry, and possibly other creative writing courses.” 
  • “The Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis seeks a Visiting Writer-in-Residence in Poetry to begin in the fall term 2021 for a period of up to three years, contingent upon a satisfactory annual review.”
  • In Pennsylvania, the Department of English at Franklin & Marshall College “invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor, depending on qualifications, for a one-year position to begin Fall 2021. We seek a creative writer specializing in poetry. Significant creative publications, a terminal degree in creative writing in hand or near completion, and a demonstrable commitment to undergraduate teaching are required. The 3/3 teaching load will include Introduction to Creative Writing, Writing Poetry, and topics in contemporary literature. We are particularly interested in a writer who is able to contribute to our curriculum courses that center considerations of equity (e.g., race, gender, disability, queerness, immigration, among others). 
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

2 thoughts on “Markets & Jobs for Writers

  1. Patricia S Rohner, LICSW says:

    I am finishing my MFA in creative writing at Lesley University and thinking of my next project. Any ideas?

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Well, that’s a big question. I think only you can answer it. Good luck, and congratulations on your MFA.

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