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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  • Opening for applications tomorrow (April 12): the Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) program, which “will distribute a total of $250,000 in funding to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.” Deadline: June 14.
  • From Farrar, Straus and Giroux: “The FSG Writer’s Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to give an emerging writer from an underrepresented community additional resources to build a life around writing: funding, editorial guidance, and advice on how to forge a writing career. It offers the unique opportunity for a writer to spend time with and enjoy the support and mentorship of the FSG community. The fellowship celebrates the spirit of the FSG list and its commitment to invention, curiosity, and extending the limits of literature.” A financial award (“$15,000 paid over two installments: half paid at the start of the Fellowship program, half paid in February 2023”) is just one of this fellowship’s benefits. Check the detailed announcement for much more information, including eligibility criteria (among them, that applicants “must be a U.S. Permanent Resident (green card) or U.S. Citizen”; “there are no experience, degree credentials, or location requirements.”) Judges: Sheila Heti, Katie Kitamura, Rowan Richardo Phillips. Deadline: April 15. (Hat tip for this one goes to Funds for Writers.)
  • News from the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW): “KFW is partnering with the Sisters of Loretto to offer Artist Residencies of 1-3 weeks in June, July and August 2022 at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, KY. Residencies are for literary and visual artists who have demonstrated achievement in creating work high in artistic merit and based on social justice issues/concerns. Residencies are open to feminist artists who are residents of Kentucky. Resident will be provided with housing and the option of studio space, which includes the use of an art studio, tools and equipment.” Deadline: April 18.
  • Two contests at Coastal Shelf will close at the end of April, and the first piece you submit for each is fee-free. The 2022 FuPo Poetry Contest “is for ‘FUnny and POignant’ poems under 60 lines. We want witty, we want dark humor, we want to look at things in a new way or learn a fact that fits perfectly into a well-told-tale….1st Place Prize: $500. All submissions are considered for publication in Coastal Shelf (which has a payment of $30).” The Ceiling 250 Contest “is for very short fiction or prose poetry under 250 words long. We want all sorts but make them interesting, make them memorable. The word limit is 250 words, but the story should break through that ceiling in our minds. Give us your icebergs and your sudden prose that pops back into our minds when we’re trying to get to sleep at 3am….1st Place Prize: $500. All submissions are considered for publication in Coastal Shelf (which has a payment of $30).”
  • Sundress Publications has announced “an open submission call for A Body You Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability, a collection of works by Disabled writers and poets that pushes defiantly against what it means to be Disabled today.” Will consider reprints. Pays: “a small honorarium.” Deadline: April 30; “early submission is recommended as work will be assessed as it arrives.” 
  • 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.” List of subject areas is included within the announcement. Pays: “a modest honorarium per review.”
  • Cave Canem, “one of the most important organizations for U.S. literary arts and letters and…the premier space for the cultivation of African American poetry,” seeks “a Program Coordinator who will support the organization’s core programming and, in conjunction with the Director of Programs, and other staff, administer and deliver compelling and innovative public programming in New York City and nationally.” Annual salary: $58,500.
  • Literature to Life (LTL), “a performance-based literacy program that presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of American literary classics,” seeks a part-time Development Manager. This is a remote position, for “approximately 10 hours/week,” that pays $45/hour.
  • The University of Georgia is advertising an open-rank position: “The person hired for this position will direct the college’s low-residency MFA program in Narrative Nonfiction, a two-year degree that trains participants to write nonfiction books or long-form articles in narrative style for national and international publishers and/or to teach writing at the university level. The professor will teach in the MFA program and in the undergraduate journalism curriculum.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, specializing in fiction, to begin in the fall semester of 2022. This is a 9-month, tenure track appointment. Applicants possessing or expecting MFAs or PhDs in English no later than July 1, 2022, are invited to apply. Desired secondary areas include: speculative/genre fiction; screenwriting; poetry; creative nonfiction; new media; administrative experience; and/or editorial/publishing experience.”
  • In New Jersey, “the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, Newark, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Jazz Literature and the Craft of Fiction in the MFA Program of the Department of English, beginning September 1, 2022. The successful candidate will have expertise in the areas of Jazz Literature and the Craft of Fiction. The ideal candidate is a published author of fiction with a knowledge of jazz or a related musical genre and has knowledge of the Newark area. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate courses in Jazz Poetry and Jazz fiction, as well as graduate courses in the MA and MFA Programs.” (NB: The same university is also advertising for “a one-year non-tenure-track Lecturer (Instructor) position in Jazz Poetry in the Department of English.”
  • In New York, “the Department of Writing, Literature, and Language at Marymount Manhattan College seeks applications for a Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction to begin fall 2022 pending final budget approval. This is a one-year appointment with a 4/4 teaching load. This position may be renewed pending budget approval.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a non-tenure track, full-time lecturer position with a specialization in nonfiction prose writing to teach creative writing and composition courses at the introductory and intermediate levels.”
  • “The Department of English at William & Mary, a public university of the Commonwealth of Virginia, invites applications for a non-tenure track lecturer in Creative Writing that will begin August 10, 2022. The initial appointment will be issued for a two-year period, with subsequent renewal contingent on a successful performance review, department/program needs, and availability of funds. We seek an individual with expertise in teaching multi-genre (poetry/prose) introductory courses; intermediate level fiction and nonfiction workshops; and special topics workshops that can add to our growing Creative Writing minor.”
  • “Centenary College of Louisiana invites applicants for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in English beginning August 2022….Centenary plans to invite applications in Fall 2022 for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of English beginning in August 2023. Candidates should be prepared to teach multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing workshops, Introduction to Poetry Writing and Advanced Poetry Writing workshops, first-year writing courses, and upper-level literature classes. The ideal candidate will have experience with and enthusiasm for working with students on editing and publishing. Candidates should have an earned Ph.D. or M.F.A. by August 2022.”
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