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.)

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  • The Maine Review appears to be offering fee-free submissions for the rest of the month. Pays: “Fiction and Nonfiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. Poets will receive a $25 honorarium per published poem.” 
  • MumberMag (which I recently discovered thanks to AuthorsPublish) is open for submissions for the rest of the month, too. They’re “looking for literature you actually love to read, and actually want to share with your friends. Something that makes you laugh or cry while you check your phone on your break at work.” Pays: “$25 per poem or short, $50 per story.”
  • Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for experienced freelance book reviewers for both traditionally published and self-published works.” Payment: “a modest honorarium per review.”
  • Straw Dog Writers Guild’s Emerging Writer Fellowship is “designed to support women of color and gender expansive writers of color based in Western Massachusetts [living in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden County] at the early stages of their career” (without a book published or under contract). “In 2022-23, the second cycle of the Emerging Writers Fellowship Program, the genre will be FICTION.” The multi-faceted fellowship package includes a $3,000 grant. Deadline: December 30. (Hat tip here to Galleyway.)
  • “The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) is seeking to hire an Associate Editor.”
  • “Astra Magazine seeks a (very) Online Editor to join the team as we build towards launching our online platforms in early 2022….This is a full-time role that will begin as a flexible remote position with 1–2 days per week in office. The successful candidate will need to reside within commuting distance of NYC.”
  • “The Creative Writing Program at Linfield University in McMinnville, OR seeks applications for the Renshaw Emerging Writer Fellowship. This is a visiting endowed two-year term faculty position. Review of applications begins immediately and applications close January 19, 2022.” Note that qualifications include a “promising publication record in fiction with publications in a secondary genre.”
  • In Kansas, “the Department of English at Wichita State University is now accepting applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in fiction writing to begin fall 2022.
  • In Washington, “the English Department at Whitman College is seeking candidates for a one-year position in Creative Writing, with expertise in poetry, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of English-Creative Writing (or Visiting Instructor-Creative Writing, if ABD), beginning August, 2022.”
  • In New Jersey, “the Literature Program at Stockton University invites applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. The program welcomes writers of any genre to apply; preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching prose writing (including long-form literary fiction, popular genre fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir) as well as introductory multi-genre workshops.” 
  • In Georgia, “Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English to begin August 2022.” This position requires “Teaching undergraduate and graduate publishing and professional writing courses (and possibly courses focusing on the candidate’s secondary area of expertise).”
  • Also in Georgia, “the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Oglethorpe University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Creative Writing with ability to teach first-year writing. We are especially interested in applicants who can make connections with one or more of Oglethorpe’s interdisciplinary programs such as African American Studies, Film and Media Studies, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies.”
  • In New Hampshire, “Colby-Sawyer College seeks an engaging and inspiring educator to join the School of Arts & Sciences. This full-time, tenure-track position will support both the new Creative & Professional Writing major and the Liberal Education Program for all majors.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers