Markets and 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. 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!

  • Aster(ix), which “is a transnational feminist literary arts journal committed to social justice and translation, placing women of color at the center of the conversation,” is open for short-story submissions until March 31. Guest editors: Ivelisse Rodriguez and Ayse Papatya Bucak. Pays: “$250 dollars per short story as budget permits.
  • Bracken, “born of the love of the woods and its shadows,” is open for poetry (and art) submissions until March 31. Pays: $30.
  • West Branch welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation until April 1. Pays: “$50 per submission of poetry, and $.05/word for prose with a maximum payment of $100. Additionally, we provide each contributor with two copies of the issue in which his/her work appears and a one-year subscription to West Branch.” Also: “Book reviews are typically arranged by assignment, and we publish only poetry reviews. If you are interested in writing reviews, please query with a sample. We currently pay $200 per assigned review.”
  • In Wisconsin, “Ripon College has an opening for a Fellowship in Residence. Each year, the Wisconsin’s Own Library Poet in Residence program provides one poet with a semester-long opportunity at Ripon College to devote time and attention to a poetry manuscript in progress. The Poet in Residence will teach one poetry class; hold one public reading of current work per month (for a total of four readings across Wisconsin); and allow one new poem to be reproduced in a limited edition commemorative broadside. The Poet in Residence will be physically present on the Ripon College campus, will reside in Ripon full-time while classes are in session, and will hold no other professional obligations for the duration of the semester. The fellowship offers a $15,000 salary for the semester. Other benefits include housing (a taxable benefit, appropriate for a maximum of two people) in a campus apartment; an office and office supplies; monetary support for on-campus presentations and travel to out-of-town presentations. There are no other benefits with this position.” NB: “Wisconsin’s Own Library is owned by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Wisconsin, with funding provided by the Gwendolyn M. Schultz Charitable Trust. Wisconsin’s Own Library showcases the work of Wisconsin poets. For this reason, the WOL Poet in Residence must demonstrate a considerable attachment to the state, most often by residing (or having resided) in Wisconsin for at least three years.” Apply by April 15.
  • Bookends & Beginnings in Chicago’s North Shore university town of Evanston recently expanded, adding a new storefront location around the corner from our original cozy down-the-alley store. We’re looking for booksellers prepared to assume responsibility in one or more of the following areas: inventory management, backlist ordering, used book processing, event planning.” 
  • “The College of Arts and Humanities at Lindenwood University invites applications for an assistant professor of writing. Qualified applicants will possess a MFA or PhD in creative writing with specialization in fiction (preference for young adult fiction). The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4 courses (12 credit hours) each semester on creative writing. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching online.”
  • New Jersey’s Monmouth University “invites applications for the part-time position of Adjunct/Writer-in-Residence (Creative Non-Fiction) in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, which is part of the English department. The Writer-in-Residence will teach one course in Fall 2021 at the graduate level in our dual-degree M.A./M.F.A. program. Additionally, the Writer-in-Residence will be asked to give two public readings/lectures: the first will be given virtually (via Zoom) at the end of this semester’s Spring 2021 term, and the second during the Fall 2021 semester. Preceding each reading/lecture, the Writer-in-Residence will take part in an informal craft talk, such as visiting a Creative Writing class. This one-semester adjunct appointment will formally begin in Fall 2021, with the exception of the first reading/lecture to be scheduled for the end of the Spring 2021 semester, sometime in late April.”
  • At Portland State University (Oregon), “the Creative Writing program is looking for qualified instructors to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in Fiction Writing,”
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