Markets and Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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.

  • Submissions for issue 3 of Hermine Annual, a print journal based in Toronto, are now open. Pays: “$50 to $200 CAD per story, plus two contributor copies.” They’re taking submissions via the Duosoma platform, and they’ll close when their quota is reached (hat tip here to @Duotrope).
  • Revolute, “a digital literary magazine founded in 2019 by the Randolph College MFA program,” remains open for submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction until December 8 (that’s Wednesday). Pays: “$25 per accepted work of fiction and nonfiction and per acceptance of up to three poems”; the Submittable categories note that Revolute “cannot pay international writers at this time.” (UPDATE: Although all categories were open over the weekend, when I submitted something myself, they seem to have closed now, perhaps because they’re reached a cap?)
  • “Sarabande Books is proud to award the Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize in memory of Flo Gault and with generous support by the Gault family. This annual prize is open to all full-time Kentucky undergraduate students.” Prizes: “The first prize winner will receive $500, a letterpress broadside of the winning poem, and will be a featured poet on the Sarabande Books website. Second and third prize winners will receive $250 and $100, respectively.” Deadline: December 11.
  • Live in Austin, Texas? “Winter Storm Project is looking for artists to submit work for an anthology titled: ‘Austin Art on the 2021 Winter Storm.’ We are looking for art that expresses your experience of the storm and its lasting impact on our ever changing climate. Send us your art, your stories, and anything in between.” Pays: “$40 per piece accepted.” Deadline: December 15. NB: “In the spirit of our mission, acceptance priority will be given to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folks, folks with disabilities, youth (under 22), and elders (over 50).”
  • “Cove Park [located in Scotland] offers funded residencies throughout the year. These opportunities are awarded following an open call and application process, or via nomination and direct invitation. Residents are given the time, space, freedom and financial support to concentrate upon the development of their own work. This programme supports those wishing to focus upon specific projects and those aiming to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. This is enhanced through a series of events designed to promote discussion between all the artists on residency. Residents receive a fee, private and self-catering accommodation, workspace and, if required, a studio. All artists have 24-hour access to Cove Park’s Artists Centre and its communal spaces, kitchen and library.” The current call for applications is open until December 20. (Thanks to Sian Meades-Williams for the news about this one.)
  • Stillpoint Magazine is launching a new initiative: Mini Lit-Crit. Less ‘Book Review,’ more Literary Criticism… but fun! We invite readers and writers to become part of our pool of contributors. Stillpoint Magazine Readers will read a book of your choice from our curated booklists, drawn from collaborating independent presses. You’ll write a short analysis of approximately 750 words, intended for a general, non-academic readership, and in thanks you’ll receive a free copy of the book and a $30 honorarium. Your text will be published as part of our growing Study Room, where we are building resources to support public knowledge.”
  • Kirkus Reviews is looking for an intern who is interested in the publishing industry, cultural journalism, and criticism for a paid internship starting as soon as possible. The intern will work with Kirkus’ editors, as well as the rest of the Kirkus staff. Duties include, but aren’t limited to, assisting the editorial staff in fact-checking and maintaining editorial calendars for the Kirkus site and its bimonthly print issues, receiving and cataloging submissions for review, and contributing to Kirkus’ social media channels. The intern will have clerical duties but will also be given the opportunity to write for the publication. The intern will work remotely, 25-30 hours per week. This is a paid position; class credit can also be given, if desired.” 
  • In New York, “Adelphi University’s Department of English invites a published writer and effective teacher to fill a tenure-track position as we rebuild and reorient the creative writing program at the MFA level.”
  • In Indiana, “the Department of English at Butler University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing (prose) to begin in Fall 2022.”
  • In Massachusetts, Tufts University is advertising for a Professor of the Practice of Poetry.
  • “The Department of English at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a visiting writer specializing in creative writing with a primary focus in creative nonfiction. The one-year appointment will be effective August 2022 and carries with it the possibility of an additional one-year reappointment.”
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. Yuvashnie Moodley says:

    I am very keen on writing.

  2. What is the difficulty for markets saying they can’t pay International contributors at this time? Supposing cheques are too much of a nuisance to send out (which Long Island University didn’t seem to think was the case just recently), PayPal and a number of online sites are available. Is there some subtle barrier I’m missing here?

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      This is just a guess, but there may be constraints in funding policies at some universities?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *