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 Barrelhouse: “Hey everyone, September 15 we will open subs for print issue 23 in fiction, nonfiction, & an all-genre call for our special cryptozoology theme. Subs close 9/22.” Pays: $50.
  • The Spectacle re-opened for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on September 1 and will remain until October 1. Pays: “Publication in an issue includes a $50 honorarium.”
  • Wisconsin’s Madison Magazine “is looking for short nonfiction essay submissions (400-700 words) from Madison-area writers. All styles, genres and voices are encouraged. Entries can be humorous or serious, should include creative language, a compelling narrative, attention-grabbing descriptions and present elements of timeliness or a sense of place. Essays written in first-person and containing Madison connections, subjects or history are encouraged. Works selected for publication must be previously unpublished and cannot be shared until they appear in print. The author of a selected essay will be paid $150 in the same month the work will appear in print (W9 required). Pieces will be subject to proofing and fact-checking changes upon the discretion of the magazine’s editors.”
  • Sojourners “has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor whose portfolio would include overseeing the culture and review department in our print magazine. We are looking for someone who is passionate about exploring expressions of faith, politics, and social transformation across multiple media and communities, including analysis of both damaging and life-giving messages and trends.” NB: This position can be based in the Washington, D.C. office once it is safe to return or be remote from anywhere, although some EST hours will be required.”
  • “Type Investigations, a nonprofit investigative newsroom and project of Type Media Center, seeks a Director for its soon-to-be-launched Editors Institute. The ideal candidate will be a creative and enterprising journalist eager to launch and grow a new project.” NB: “This is a part-time unionized position with the possibility of becoming full-time.” Also: “This position is open to candidates based in NYC or comfortable working remotely.”
  • Type Investigations also seeks a Senior Editor to oversee its Ida B. Wells Fellowship Program. NB: “Our office is based in New York City, but remote candidates are also encouraged to apply” for this full-time position.
  • Mediabistro is hiring a Writer/Editor who will be “focused on writing and editing for the Mediabistro website and newsletters and optimizing and leveraging existing content – all with an eye on community growth and engagement. You will create content directed towards both employers and job seekers.” Remote position. 
  • “The Department of English at the University of Iowa invites applications for the position of Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English, beginning fall semester 2022. We seek a dynamic writer and teacher who works in poetry, nonfiction, or fiction.”
  • In South Carolina, “the English Department at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing, with specialization in Poetry, beginning Fall 2022. Successful candidates will hold an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing or related field, will have published or have under contract at least one poetry book with a distinguished press, and be qualified to teach both the writing and reading of poetry. Experience with other genres is welcome.”
  • In Maryland, Johns Hopkins University is “conducting an open rank search to fill a tenured or tenure track position in fiction. Interested applicants should have at least one book of fiction published by a reputable house, and another underway. Teaching responsibilities (two courses per semester) will include undergraduate and graduate courses.”
  • In California, “the English Department at Occidental College invites applications for a full-time three-year Writer-in Residence position with expertise in Creative Writing to begin in the Fall of 2022. The three-year contract may be renewable pending evaluation. Applicants should be prepared to teach introductory and advanced creative writing classes in fiction. An additional ability to teach poetry, creative nonfiction, or graphic forms is desirable. Knowledge of the Los Angeles arts community would also be advantageous. This is a union non-tenure track position represented by the Service Employees International Union, local 721.”
  • In New York, “the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University seeks candidates for the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities. Candidates should be eminent artist-critics (writers, musician/composers, or visual artists) whose ground-breaking work crosses geographic, generic, and disciplinary boundaries. The holder of this Professorship will be an internationally renowned person with a reputation for intellectual and artistic excellence. Although the chairholder will be tenured in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, the chairholder will have created a body of creative and critical work that appeals across disciplines and divisions. We are especially interested in artists whose work explores the histories, cultures and stories of the African Diaspora. We prefer candidates with experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students in Arts and Sciences degree programs (rather than conservatory or MFA programs) or candidates who are willing to do so.”

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