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.

  • Stay tuned for the December issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0, which will go out to subscribers tomorrow, with the usual bounty of fee-free and paying opportunities. And remember that you’ll still find open opportunities listed in the November issue, including (but not limited to) the Better Than Starbucks Sonnet Contest, Love Letters to London Writing Competition, J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction, Association of Jewish Libraries Fiction Award, and Stadler Fellowships.
  • High Country News “is seeking a Contributing Editor for Books, Culture and Commentary to assign and edit inquisitive, inspiring, and thought-provoking content for HCN in print and online. This contract editor will work independently to acquire a combination of reviews (books, film, TV, podcasts, performing arts) and essays, as well as culture and arts coverage and criticism. The Contributing Editor for Books, Culture and Commentary will help evolve and expand HCN’s coverage of museum exhibits, artists and artisans, gardens and food, music and literature, with an emphasis on commissioning work by and about people from underrepresented backgrounds. If you are passionate about the Western US and like working at the intersection of media, the arts, culture and the land, we would like to hear from you.” NB: “This is an independent contract position requiring an average of 20 hours per week that pays $2,400 per month. The position is remote and open to freelance workers authorized to conduct business in the United States; proof of independent contractor status is required….A one-year contract will be offered and is potentially renewable. The High Country News editorial team is dispersed across the Western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The Contributing Editor for Books, Culture and Commentary should either live in the West or be very connected to, and within, the region.”
  • The Department of English at East Carolina University seeks “a Managing Editor, with expertise in digital platforms, for the award-winning North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), to begin immediately. This is a part-time position, 20-30 hours per week, funded in part by a North Carolina Arts Council grant. This is an in-person position on the East Carolina University campus. Partial telework may be available.”
  • “Northfield Mount Hermon’s Lamplighter Writing Institute seeks experienced educators and writers to serve in the role of Workshop Leader in EITHER its in-person OR its online program for two weeks in July 2022. The Institute is for young writers (entering) grades 7 to 12.” (The announcement also includes info re: Assistant Workshop Leader positions for college-aged writers.)
  • Brandeis University invites applications for the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence position, “a two-year, half-time appointment with a teaching load of five courses, total (that is, two courses one year, three courses the other year).  Candidates should be available to teach at least one course each semester.  Additional responsibilities include holding regular weekly office hours and mentoring Creative Writing students working on senior honors theses and senior honors projects. This position is eligible for benefits and begins with the Fall 2022 semester.” (Warning: Discrepancy between closing dates here, including one date that has already passed; I’ve been informed that this opportunity has, in fact, closed. Apologies!)
  • “The Writing Program in the University of California San Diego’s Literature Department invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in creative nonfiction with a specialization in the field of eco-writing. Writers whose work takes the form of essay, memoir, environmental reportage, environmental humanities, and/or documentary screenwriting, and writing that engages in political, cultural, and ethical issues around ecology, mapping, climate change, contagion, and speculative and sustainable futures and environments from both local and global perspectives, are encouraged to apply. Candidates with additional expertise in any of the following areas would be especially welcome to apply: the history of writing technologies, computer science, electronic and general science writing, documentary aesthetics, Native American and/or indigenous studies, critical race, gender, border, and/or disability studies, and visual culture and film studies.”
  • “The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes applications for an appointment stream lecturer teaching position. It is a full-time renewable position for an initial term of three years, with the opportunity for promotion and career advancement. The position will begin on September 1, 2022. The Writing Program is specifically interested in candidates who can teach introductory classes, especially our Introduction to Creative Writing, which is a multi-genre class (poetry/fiction/nonfiction), as well as introductory and Intermediate classes in nonfiction, journalism, and media literacy.  The minimum basic qualification is an advanced degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in Creative Writing.”
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