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 @TajjaIsen: “I’m looking to commission some new essays for @CatapultStory for Dec/Jan! Here’s a guide that includes what I’m looking for, how to pitch, examples, and rate info. I’m reading on a rolling basis for now but will update the doc if that changes.”
  • The McNeese Review is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction until November 20. “All print contributors receive one contributor copy. We are pleased to also offer a $50 honorarium to print contributors within the U.S. Contributors outside of the U.S. will receive two additional author copies in lieu of the honorarium.”
  • The Poet-in-Residence at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum “is a new one-year position created in collaboration with the Academy of American Poets that will be specifically focused on public engagement. The Poet-in-Residence will work together  with the Guggenheim Education team to design and produce a suite of poetry-related programs for adult, teen, and intergenerational audiences to take place over the 2022 calendar year. The goal of the Poet-in-Residence’s programming is to create enriching experiences with poetry for the public that will intersect with museum initiatives, architecture, and exhibitions, and may include, but are not limited to, poetry or spoken word reading events, social media initiatives, activations of the interactive poetry hub in the Aye Simon Reading Room, programming in the museum galleries, and poetry workshops for youth audiences. The residency will run from late January to December of 2022 and offers a $20,000 honorarium from the Guggenheim Museum, and one or more features in Academy of American Poets’s publications.” NB: “Please note that this is a hybrid residency; the Poet-in-Residence will be expected to commute regularly to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City beginning in late January, with some work being conducted remotely.” Additional criteria apply as detailed on the Submittable page. Deadline: December 5.
  • The Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships, “to be awarded simultaneously in 2022, are a pair of one-time fellowships for emerging Caribbean-based writers in English, in two categories: prose (fiction or non-fiction) and poetry.” Fellowships confer “a cash award of TT$10,000; six months’ mentorship from an established author; publication of a chapbook with an excerpt from the writer’s work in progress; and participation in a one-week intensive online writing workshop hosted by Arvon (UK).” Deadline: December 6. (H/T for this one to @Donna_Hemans.)
  • Copper Canyon Press “is hiring a Poetry Publishing Fellow for an 18-month, full-time salaried position. The Poetry Publishing Fellowship is designed to provide an immersive and hands-on professional apprenticeship in all aspects of book publishing, including editorial, development, and marketing. Grounded in Copper Canyon’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity, this program invites applications from candidates who are Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and/or members of other communities that are traditionally underrepresented in publishing.” Regarding location: “Option for either local, or remote, with expectation to periodically visit Copper Canyon Press office in Port Townsend, Washington (pending COVID safety).” Apply by November 21. 
  • The New Yorker is hiring a part-time fiction reader.
  • At The New York Times, “the Book Review has a temporary 6-month opening for a preview editor, responsible for assigning and editing both fiction and nonfiction reviews. The ideal candidate will be conversant with the fullest possible range of current fiction and nonfiction books and also will have extensive assigning experience with writers from the literary and academic worlds, with a strong stable of freelance writers. Candidates should have experience in either book or magazine publishing. The editor should also be an experienced and accomplished book critic in their own right, and have deep familiarity with the publishing world. Journalism experience a strong plus. Position is for 6 months to cover a leave.”
  • In Florida, the Flagler College Department of English “invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in creative nonfiction beginning fall semester of 2022.” 
  • “Utah Valley University’s Department of English and Literature invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing specializing in Nonfiction.”
  • “The English Department at Eastern Illinois University invites applications for a full-time lecturer in creative writing, with primary expertise in fiction writing.”
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