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!

  • REMINDER: We’re now halfway through November, which means that there are still PLENTY of calls and competitions in this month’s newsletter that remain open for you to consider.
  • From Event: “For the month of November 2021 we are welcoming submissions of Canadian Poetry (only). We are capping this at 150 submissions.” (If the category has disappeared, they’ve reached the cap.) Payment: $40/page (presumably in Canadian funds).
  • For a magazine issue on the theme of “power,” UK-based Fly on the Wall Press seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, book reviews, and artwork. Payment: “Contributors will receive a free PDF download, will be paid £20, and will be able to purchase any print copies desired at a 15% discount.” Deadline: November 30 (11:59 GMT). (Discovered this one via Authors Publish.)
  • “Middle West Press LLC seeks poetry manuscripts by a single author, comprising 50 to 100 poems each, for potential publication in 2022. We are particularly seeking manuscripts that intersect in some way with military experience or service, especially those stemming from the lived experiences of women veterans, poets of color, poets who identify as LGBTQ, and other marginalized voices. Past and present military service members, family members, and others are invited to submit work.” (Check the call for details about the press’s focus on the “Middle West.”) Payment: “$100 advance, on print and e-book royalties….Royalties are generally 10 percent or greater of retail ‘cover’ price. At any time—not just at the time of publication—authors may also buy their own copies at significant discount. These may be sold via their own readings and local bookstore venues.” Deadline: November 30.
  • “ArtsEverywhere is pleased to once again issue an open call for submissions for the 2022 Fay Chiang Fellowship for Artistic Journalism. The Fay Chiang Fellowship is a year-long program of support for any individual artist, journalist, writer, musician, producer, or collective whose work integrates creative practice with rigorous journalistic research, writing and multimedia production. The theme of the 2022 Fay Chiang Fellowship for Artistic Journalism is: ‘Fault Lines & Fragile States’….The fellow will receive $15,000CAD as a fee and $5,000CAD for travel, equipment and other project costs. Fellows will be required to present a mid-project progress report, deliver the final project no later than December 15, 2022. We extend the opportunity for the fellow to exhibit/present their work at the 2023 ArtsEverywhere Festival (funds to attend the festival will be provided separately by ArtsEverywhere).” Deadline: December 1. NB: Per email correspondence, I have confirmed that this opportunity is open to applicants outside Canada.
  • LIBER: A Feminist Review, “an emergent bimonthly print and online magazine dedicated to the discussion of feminist writing, culture, theory, and history,” seeks a culture columnist. Compensation: “The columnist will be paid per issue, with pay dependent on experience.”
  • The Editorial Freelancers Association “is in search of a part-time educational programs coordinator to manage and develop its educational offerings….The educational programs coordinator can work remotely within the Eastern or Central time zones and has the option of working from the association’s New York City office as needed. The position will start at 25 hours/week. There is a possibility of expanding hours in the future.” Compensation: “Up to USD $25/hour.”
  • The Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship in Writing and Publishing “is a two-year postgraduate fellowship that offers an emerging writer time to work toward a first or second book and professional experience teaching creative writing and engaging in community-oriented literary work in collaboration with the CSU Poetry Center. The fellowship encompasses two academic-year (9 month) residencies of 30 hours per week, divided between writing, teaching one creative writing course per semester, and engaging in publishing and community outreach work through the Poetry Center (for no more than ten hours per week).” 
  • In Virginia, Sweet Briar College “invites applications for a three-year position of Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, with the possibility of conversion to a tenure-track appointment. Although the position, which begins in the Fall of 2022, is open to writers in any literary genre, we are particularly interested in those who will add to the diversity of our program’s courses by their interest in, and experience teaching, in one or more of the following areas of study: Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Asian American, World Literature, LGBTQ studies, Disability studies, and environmental writing.”
  • In New York, the University at Buffalo seeks “a distinguished poet-scholar committed to the research and practice of innovative modernist and contemporary poetry to assume the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, to start Fall 2022. The Gray Chair serves as a senior faculty anchor of the Poetics Program in the Department of English: candidates have an opportunity to shape the vision and goals of the program and should be prepared to serve in a leadership role.”  
  • The Creative Writing Program at Indiana University-Bloomington “seeks a fiction writer of emerging prominence to join our faculty at tenure-track assistant professor level. We invite applications from writers with expertise in African American, Asian American, Latinx, or LGBTQ literature, and/or whose work address issues of race, class, and gender.” 
  • In Georgia, “the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Clayton State University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor in English, specializing in creative writing (fiction).”
  • Also in Georgia, the Savannah College of Art and Design “seeks a full-time professor of writing with a specialty in contemporary journalism and writing for new media to join its faculty.”
  • The Liberal Arts Department of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) “invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor in Creative Writing. Candidates must have previous teaching experience in foundation writing classes, and special consideration will be given to scholars with a field of specialization that supports and/or complements one or more of MCAD’s studio majors in the Media Arts, Design, Fine Arts, and Arts Entrepreneurship departments.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers

3 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Jean F says:

    Erika, I don’t know whether you supplied the submission info for this, but I’m pleased to report I am the fifth prize winner in the fee free StoryTwig microfiction competition on the theme “Spike.” They are sending me $10, which is my first ever lit mag payment. My fiction has now been published in lit mags five times.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I don’t think that I can take credit for sharing the info on this one, but I am thrilled for you, Jean. Many congratulations! Have they published the story yet? Post a link if you can/want to!

      1. Jean F says:

        Thanks so much, Erika. My story is in the August issue which hasn’t yet posted. Here is the link to where it will be: https://www.storytwigs.com/winning-entries They run this competition with 5 cash prizes almost every month. Submission info here: https://www.storytwigs.com/competition Next one will be January.

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