Markets & 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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  • Two special calls from Poetry magazine—one specified for “Land Acknowledgment” and the other on “Monuments”—close in a couple of days. Pays: “All poets will be compensated for published poems. For text poems, we pay $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem. For visual poems, audio poems, and video poems, we pay $300 per poem. If a piece is published in multiple formats, such as print and video, we pay for each format.”
  • HerStry, which “centers the experiences of women identifying persons,” appears to be open for fee-free essay submissions for the remainder of March. “Please be advised that we have a limited number of free submissions and once they are gone they are gone.” Pays: $10.
  • From International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF): “We are looking for Ukrainian authors and artists for Voices of Ukraine, a print anthology of Ukrainian culture and experience in light of the Russian invasion. Work must be submitted in English; however, submissions originally written in Ukrainian or other languages can include the original along with its English translation. Artists may submit up to 5 pieces of visual art in .jpeg, .jpg, or .png form. Each selected piece will earn a $25 stipend.” Deadline: March 31. (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • Attention, “D.C. area writers (or anyone with a connection to D.C.)”: Struggle seeks “diverse, not genre-specific works of poetry, fiction, essays, art criticism, & drama.” Deadline to send work for the summer issue is April 4. Pays: $75.
  • Final call to check out our March newsletter before April’s goes out later this week.
  • In D.C., The Washington Post “is looking for an assistant editor for nonfiction books to assign and edit book reviews.”
  • Canada-based Room magazine “is seeking to hire a new publisher. The ideal candidate will have previous work experience in literary, grassroots, scholarly, or academic magazine or book publishing, especially in areas of finance, grant writing, and circulation. Working as part of a small team, the publisher manages all financial and infrastructural aspects of the magazine, which is published four times a year. This is a permanent, full-time, work-from-home position that commences May 1st, 2022. The successful candidate will receive 4 weeks of paid training before fully transitioning into the role on June 1st. The publisher may reside anywhere in the Greater Vancouver area. This is a work-from-home position, with an office in Mount Pleasant. The publisher must attend all meetings, which are held online. The compensation is $20/hour for 38 hours per week, with health benefits….This position is open to women, trans men, Two Spirit, and nonbinary folks. BIPOC applicants will be prioritized.” Apply by March 31. (Hat tip: WOW! Markets Newsletter.)
  • The Prison Journalism Project is advertising a remote position for a Copy Editor/Editor. “The position will pay $12,000 – $18,000 for the three-month duration of the contract based on the number of hours worked. We particularly encourage candidates who are interested in a more permanent role with PJP in the future. We welcome applicants who are personally impacted by incarceration.”
  • For the remainder of March, the Fine Arts Work Center “is gathering applications from folks interested in teaching online or in-person workshops in printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, graphic novel, hybrid, playwriting, memoir, non-fiction, fiction, and poetry workshops in our Summer Program, in our 24PearlStreet Program, and in our other developing initiatives.” (ED note: I reached out to the FAWC, and was able to learn the following about compensation: “Currently, our pay rate for instructors teaching for the Summer Program is $1,500 plus on-site housing for a class of 6 – 10 students. This may change in the future. 24PearlStreet, our online writing program, instructor pay rates range from $1000 to $4000 depending on the number of students enrolled and which of our seven types of workshops is being taught. These rates are subject to change.”
  • The Department of English at Virginia Tech “seeks candidates for a two-year position (potential third year renewal) in Creative Writing, with expertise in poetry, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning August 2022.”
  • In Ohio, the Kenyon College Department of English “seeks to appoint a one-year visiting assistant professor in fiction writing.”
  • In Massachusetts, the Lesley University Humanities Department “invites applications for a one-year teaching position at the rank of instructor or assistant professor with a focus in African American Literature and Creative Writing (fiction).”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers