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. 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.)

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! I do notice, and I appreciate the courtesy.

  • Reminder! The July issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 will go out to subscribers this week, and it will be packed with no-fee/paying opportunities. It’s never too late to subscribe (and it’s still not too late to make use of the June issue).
  • Open for submissions until June 30: Berkeley Fiction Review. Pays: $25 plus complimentary copy.
  • Open for submissions until July 1: The /tƐmz/ Review, “a literary journal based in London, Ontario that publishes fiction, poetry, and reviews.” Pays: $20/piece of prose or batch of poems. (Thanks for the lead, Arc Poetry Magazine newsletter.)
  • July 1 is also the deadline to enter poetry books published between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, for Tufts Poetry Awards consideration. These prizes confer $100,000 (Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for “a book”) and $10,000 (Kate Tufts Discovery Award for “a first book”). “Work must be original poetry written originally in English by a poet who is a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.”
  • Astra Magazine, “a literary magazine of fiction, narrative non-fiction, art, and poetry primarily from writers outside the United States,” seeks a Poetry Editor, “a practicing poet with deep knowledge of and a proven record of engagement with international contemporary poetry. Crucially, the Poetry Editor will be deeply engaged in poetry in its many global forms, experienced in reading and working with poetry in translation, and will have an understanding of contemporary poetry praxis from outside the USA. Prior experience in literary translation is highly recommended but not essential, as is the ability to read in languages other than English. The Poetry Editor will be able to demonstrate previous experience commissioning and editing for literary publications.” Note: “This is a fully-remote, part-time position to be remunerated with a competitive per-issue fee, four times a year. Ability to attend meetings in NYC preferred but not required.” FYI: The same magazine is also advertising for a Creative Director.
  • In New York, “The New Yorker is seeking a nonfiction editor to work on deeply reported narratives and ambitious storytelling. The editor will come up with creative ideas and work with writers on every stage of the process, from conceiving each piece to shaping its length, structure, and tone. This involves shepherding the piece through edits, fact-checking, copy edits, and legal reviews.”
  • Words Without Borders is hiring a Digital Marketing and Communications Manager. “This is a full-time, semi-remote position based in New York City. The digital marketing and communications manager will be expected to attend literary events and festivals in NYC in addition to making regular visits to the Brooklyn office. Salary range is $45,000–$50,000 per year DOE plus generous health benefits and paid time off.”
  • In Seattle, Hugo House is taking applications for multiple positions.
  • The Chicago High School for the Arts is advertising two part-time positions for the 2021-22 school year in the Creative Writing department, one for its course on “The Writer’s Toolkit” and the other to guide students in production of the school’s literary magazine.
  • “The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a specialization in Creative Writing (Poetry), to begin Fall 2022.”
  • In Wisconsin, the Department of English at Marquette University invites applications for a visiting position in creative writing (with a specialization in fiction or creative nonfiction) and composition at the Visiting Assistant Professor rank for the 2021-22 academic year. The position may be renewable depending on successful performance, demand and availability of funding.” (There appear to be two positions available.)
  • In Moraga, California, “Saint Mary’s College seeks to hire a per-course adjunct faculty member to teach English 25, Multi-Genre Creative Writing in the traditional undergraduate program in Fall 2021.”
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