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.

  • If you’re already signed up to receive The Practicing Writer 2.0, you should expect the February issue, packed with 50+ literary calls and competitions, to arrive in your e-mailbox later today (and if you’re not yet a subscriber, join us here). In the meantime, there’s actually still time (but not much!) to take last-minute advantage of several opportunities listed in the January issue that close TODAY!
  • “The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is looking for talented freelance journalists to cover business topics for The Center has trained more than 30,000 journalists and educators since it was established in 2003 with the goal of improving the quality of media coverage of business and the economy. Freelancers would pitch and develop feature articles that are tied to the latest happenings in the news cycle and include tips, career advice, and/or other resources for fellow business writers to improve their reporting. Completed articles should be around 500 words and include at least one illustration/photo. The Reynolds Center is currently offering US$500 per completed piece.”
  • From Fancy Comma, LLC: “Do you have something to say about the state of science communication in the pandemic and ways to improve it? Have #SciComm tips to share? If so, pitch us: We currently pay $75 for accepted 1000-1500 word submissions.”
  • From Freedom with Writing: “Want to help freelance writers succeed? That’s a core part of our mission at Freedom With Writing, and we need your help. We are looking to expand our editorial offering, to include more articles that offer concrete and actionable advice to freelance writers. We’re paying up to $100 per article.”
  • Applications close today for a “remote, part-time position, averaging 20 hours per week,” as Web Copyeditor for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Pay rate: $20/hour.
  • Also closing today: applications for a full-time position (also remote) as AWP’s Communications Coordinator/Membership Assistant. “Salary range: $38,000–$42,000.”
  • Literary Hub is advertising for a full-time Assistant Editor (Lit Hub is in New York, but they’ll consider remote candidates; all candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S.). Salary: $46,000. Apply by February 7.
  • Also with a February 7 deadline: applications for a Social Media Editor position with Electric Literature. “This is a part-time remote position. Electric Literature’s staff is based in New York, and the bulk of your work must be completed during east coast business hours. As a result, we can only consider applicants with a maximum 3 hour time difference from Eastern Time. Compensation is a monthly stipend based on a commitment of 20-25 hours a week at $20 an hour.”
  • In Maine, “the Department of English at Bates College invites applications for a one-year visiting position in Fiction writing to begin August 1, 2022.”
  • “The University of North Georgia invites applicants for an Assistant Professor of English on its Gainesville campus for Fall 2022. Responsibilities include teaching four English courses each semester. Courses include First Year Composition, sophomore literature surveys, a sophomore level Gender and Literature course that serves the Gender Studies minor, and upper-level courses in Gender Studies, Early American Literature, and Poetry/Poetics.” 
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte seeks a “part-time creative writing instructor specializing in fiction writing.” 
  • “The Drexel MFA program is looking for writers who work in different styles and genres, such as literary fiction, fantasy, humor, historical fiction, sci fi, suspense, young adult, etc. to be hired as adjunct faculty. The adjunct faculty member will teach one student in a structured packet exchange, offered fully online.” 
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