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.

  • Electric Literature’s “Recommended Reading” is open for general fiction submissions today (July 26) through Sunday, August 1. Pays: “Upon acceptance, we can offer authors $300 for publishing rights.”
  • For an issue themed “The Body Speaks,” Awakened Voices is “especially encouraging submissions of flash fiction, fiction, vignette, and graphic/visual work” until July 31. Recall that the mission of the host organization (Awakenings) “is to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.” Pays: “$12 per published piece.”
  • “The application deadline for the 2022 Lanesboro Artist Residency Program is Friday, July 30, 2021 at 12 p.m. (noon) CST.” To be eligible for these two- or four-week residencies, emerging artists (including writers) must be legal residents of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City “and have been residents for at least one year prior to the submission of an application.” Note that artists are paid $1,000/week and are provided studio and lodging space.”
  • NB: I expect to send out the August issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 on Friday (July 30). In the meantime, you can still make use of multiple listings provided in the July issue.
  • The New York Times is seeking a new book critic. Ideal candidates should be experienced journalists and critics able to handle a heavy reading workload across a range of subjects, including but not limited to politics, history, foreign affairs, science, technology, economics and political theory and in a variety of genres in fiction. They should be quick and avid readers and elegant, nimble writers, able to synthesize and distill complex subjects for a general readership. A Times critic should be ready to assess books on the basis of their merits and to exert strong judgment about which books should be reviewed in our pages. Our critics should be discerning and fearless, as ready to criticize works for their faults as they are to herald successes. An advanced degree in journalism or the humanities is a plus.”
  • The Colorado Center for the Book (CCftB) Program Coordinator is a 4/5th-time position (32 hours per week). The Coordinator plans and executes all stages of the annual Colorado Book Awards (CBA), the Colorado Center for the Book Speakers Bureau, including the Colorado Poet Laureate, and the Veterans Writing program.”
  • California State University, East Bay, is advertising for an Assistant or Associate Professor of English (Creative Writing and Literature) to  “teach undergraduate courses in creative writing and literature (including poetry and poetics) as well as work with other creative writing faculty to supervise the department’s co-curricular activities.”
  • In New Jersey, “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.”

on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

2 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Thank you! What a great resource!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:


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