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!

  • From Greg Gerke/Socrates on the Beach: “A reminder: submissions are open till the end of the month and I hope more women send work. We pay. Fictionwise I admire Mary Caponegro, Susan Daitch, Joanna Ruocco. Nonfictionwise: Dubravka Ugresic, Renata Adler, Michelle Orange, Lauren Oyler.”
  • Room, “Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal,” remains open for submissions for an “Ancestors Issue” until July 31. Pays: “$50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages.”
  • Received via email from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA): “We recently launched City Artist Corps Grants, a new $5,000 grant program offered by NYFA and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre. As a reminder, City Artist Corps Grants, funded by the $25 million New York City Artist Corps recovery initiative announced by Mayor de Blasio and DCLA earlier this year, will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 artists who will engage the public with arts activities across New York City’s five boroughs. The grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Click here to view full application guidelines. Please share this link and encourage any New York City-based individual artists to apply. Applications for Cycle 2 are now open, and will close on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00 AM EDT. We will also accept applications for Cycle 3 beginning Tuesday, July 27 at 10:00 AM EDT.  Artists can use the grant to create new work or phase of a work, or restage preexisting creative activities across any discipline. It is strongly recommended that a portion of the grant be used to support artist fees, both for the applying artist and any other artist that are engaged to support the project. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, and have maintained residency in New York City since January 2020. Public creative engagements must have an arts or creative focus and be staged in front of a live audience in New York City free of charge….Types of eligible projects might include such activities as a live music, dance, theatre, literary reading performance; an in person art making workshop with community members; and a public screening of a film or other media work. For all cycles, artists will be screened for eligibility and grant recipients will be selected by lottery.” NB: “Artists with a disability and/or who are immunosuppressed for whom it is unsafe to engage in live in-person performance are welcome to apply for live digital creative engagement activities.” 
  • “Words Without Borders seeks a Books Editor for its digital magazine of international literature. This remote, part-time freelance position pays $400/month and works closely with the magazine’s editors to commission and edit monthly reviews of new literature in translation, plus one additional long-form essay on a quarterly basis. This is a remote position requiring approximately 20 hours/month.”
  • Posted by the Writers House at Rutgers-Camden (NJ): “Calling all teaching artists! Do you have experience working with youth in elementary or middle school? Do you love creating play-based lesson plans that introduce students to new techniques, authors, forms, and genres? Teach with us! Growing Great Writers is an out-of-school time creative writing “club” program based at three Camden after-school partner sites. Teaching artists visit sites once per week to lead a club that encourages students in grades four through eight to find joy in language and purpose in reading in writing. Students might create their own group stories and poems, learn about graphic narratives, practice performing original poetry, or write epic screenplays — or anything else you can imagine. The stipend for co-leading 24 sessions during the 2021-22 academic year is $1200. Some support for teacher travel and preparatory time may be available. Teaching artists with connections to the city of Camden are especially encouraged to apply.” Deadline: July 31. 
  • At University College Dublin, “applications are invited for an appointment as Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing in the School of English, Drama and Film. Applicants must be established and experienced writers with a strong record of publication and be able to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in this rapidly developing area in the School. The post is open with regard to genre, but we would be particularly interested in applicants who could contribute to prose or poetry and at least one other area. This might include memoir and life writing, creative non-fiction, travel writing and young adult fiction. Also at University College Dublin, “applications are invited for a permanent, part time (0.5 FTE) post of a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Creative Writing within UCD School of English, Drama and Film.”
  • “UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified, temporary, part-time instructors to teach on-site and online courses for our Writing, Literature, and Humanities Programs.”
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