Markets and 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!

  • Applications for Caldera’s 2022 Artists in Residence program close on June 25. “Caldera offers 2 and 3.5 week residencies January through March. A cohort of 5 artists/collaborations is in residence each month. Residencies are open to US-based and international artists, creatives and cultural workers in any discipline. Artists at any stage of their careers who are not current students are eligible. Residencies are also available for parent artists who would like to bring their children. Caldera supports collaborations of up to 4 people, as well as individuals.” Check their website for details on “priorities” for candidate selection. Note: “Each resident will receive a stipend to support their participation in the residency.  Stipend amount will vary based on the requested length of residency (2 weeks or 3.5 weeks). Stipends will be paid by check after the residency is completed. Caldera can only provide stipends to individuals with a social security number.  
  • Electric Literature’s “The Commuter” is open for submissions of prose, poetry, and graphic narrative through June 27. Pays: “If your work is selected, we can offer a total payment of $100.”
  • New venue Fox Paw Literary is running a contest for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. “For fiction and creative nonfiction, submit up to 1000 words in a single document. For poetry, submit up to 10 poems.” Prizes: “One prize of $300 and two prizes of $100 each will be awarded. The winning stories will be published on our blog in July 2021.” Deadline is June 30 (or when 300 entries have been received).
  • 105: Meadowlark Reader seeks “true stories about Kansas written by Kansans, therefore  you must be a Kansas resident or have lived in Kansas at some point in your life.” The theme for the next issue is “travel.” No simultaneous submissions. Deadline: June 30. Pays: $10 plus one copy.
  • Open for submissions: “Based at Dartmouth College, Meetinghouse is a literary magazine that provides a space for diverse voices to speak with one another….We cast our net wide, publishing work that cuts at unusual angles across traditional genres (fiction, poetry, memoir), work that manages to transmute confusion into relative coherence, the personal into the public, anecdotes into stories. With a belief in the interdisciplinary and the illuminating power of imaginative language, we feature literary nonfiction written by scientists, philosophers, natural historians, historians, journalists, literary critics, and others, finding connections where at first none seem to exist.” Pays: “$40 for digital content and $100 for work published in print.” (Found via @Duotrope.)
  • Keep a watch on what Nicholas Jackson is up to with a new project as described in this Twitter thread. (Found via Opportunities of the Week.)
  • New opportunity: “Epiphany is thrilled to announce the Fresh Voices Fellowship, a year-long fellowship supporting one emerging Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other writer of color who does not have an MFA and is not currently enrolled in a degree-granting creative writing program.” Note: “You do not need to be located in NYC to apply (all meetings and classes can take place virtually).” Benefits of the Fellowship include (but aren’t limited to) a $2,000 stipend; paid publication; mentorship; a free 6- or 8-week creative writing workshop; more. Apply by July 1.
  • “The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center is inviting qualified applicants to apply for the position of Event Coordinator.”
  • In New York, “Publishers Weekly is looking for an editorial assistant to handle a variety of duties across several departments. The primary focus will be working on e-newsletters in which you would manage and edit small sections as well as write assigned stories. You would also assist in assembling/production of the newsletters. Successful candidate will have strong writing and editing skills and an interest in journalism. Entry level position.”
  • BookBub is hiring an Editor. “The entire BookBub team is currently working remotely, and this position will be onboarded and work remotely during this time as well. Our team values the health and safety of our people above all else, and though we hope to return to our office in Cambridge, MA, as soon as it’s safe to do so, we are continuing to work [remotely?] for the foreseeable future.”
  • “The Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington is seeking a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing/Publishing, Editor of Ecotone on a continuing 9-month appointment beginning Fall 2021. In addition to teaching publishing and editing courses, duties as editor include overseeing all aspects of editing, design, production, distribution, and promotion of Ecotone, supervised by the editor-in-chief; collaboratively leading the work of fellow faculty members of the Ecotone team; managing the magazine’s budget; advocacy for the magazine and department on and off campus; supervision of the magazine’s graduate assistant(s) and student editors; and, as time permits, supporting the publisher of Lookout Books via manuscript acquisition and editing.”
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 and Jobs for Writers

  1. Sandy Soli says:

    Erika, Electric Literature evidently requires tiered membership to submit, starting at $50 per year. It appears to be deductible, but think I will pass. Best wishes and thanks!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Sandy, unless I’m misreading, submissions are open (free of charge) to non-subscribers for a limited period.

  2. Annette says:

    I just submitted to Electric Literature, it was free.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Good luck, Annette!

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