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. 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 May issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers on Friday, replete with about 40 fee-free, paying calls and competitions, PLUS an updated resource featuring fee-free residencies.
  • From Samantha Leal: “For Pride Month, @iamwellandgood is looking for pitches from LGBTQ+ writers for personal essays on the theme of love in all its forms. Rates start at $250. Please email your ideas…by Tuesday, May 4.”
  • Attention, New Hampshire writers: “The New Hampshire Artist Emergency Grant program will provide $500 grants to artists who have lost income due to the loss of jobs or cancellation/modification of specific, scheduled gigs or opportunities (e.g., commissions, performances, contracts, workshops, classes, etc.) because of COVID-19. Round Two of this program is supported by funds from the State of New Hampshire General Fund.” Application deadline has been extended to May 10.
  • At the University of Central Oklahoma, the Department of English “invites applications for a One-Year, Full-Time Temporary Artist in Residence (2021-2022). We seek to appoint a poet.”
  • In Tacoma, Washington, the Department of English at Pacific Lutheran University “invites applications for a visiting position in creative writing (with a specialization in fiction) and composition at the assistant professor or instructor rank for the 2021-22 academic year. The position may be renewable for a second year, depending on successful performance and availability of funding.” The same department also “invites applications for a visiting position in creative writing (with a specialization in creative nonfiction) and composition at the assistant professor or instructor rank for the 2021-22 academic year.”
  • In Pennsylvania, the Allegheny College Department of English “invites applicants for a visiting 1-year sabbatical replacement position beginning August 2021. The ideal candidate will have experience and success teaching poetry workshops at both the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, as well as experience mentoring undergraduate theses in poetry. M.F.A. in poetry required; an active publication record in poetry preferred. Teaching load is six courses per year (3-3), with some mentorship of senior poetry projects. Opportunities and support for research and scholarly activity are available.”
  • Dominican University of California is advertising for adjunct faculty in poetry.
  • Over in the UK, the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) expects “to appoint four part-time Teaching Associates at 0.5 FTE to contribute to the flourishing and rapidly developing portfolio of award-bearing and short course creative writing programmes. The roles will be available from 01 August 2021 and will be conditional on the confirmation of two cohorts of Master’s students.” (H/T Freelance Writing Jobs)
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

4 thoughts on “Markets & Jobs for Writers

  1. Antaeus says:

    Thank you, Erika. For all the hard work you are doing to help writers succeed.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you for that very kind comment!

  2. Patricia Striar Rohner says:

    What the of positions are opened to mea masters in creative writing graduates who are over 70?

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I’m not entirely sure that I understand this question.

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