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.

  • Tebot Bach “is soliciting applications for the 2022 Patricia Bibby Memorial Scholarship, with a deadline of April 30, 2022….The 2022 recipient will receive a scholarship to attend the five-day poetry workshop at The Idyllwild Arts Writers Week, June 27 – July 1, 2022, led by Ed Skoog, with poets Ron Koertge and Willie Perdomo, and special guest poets. The scholarship covers the cost of the workshop, lodging, and a $250 travel stipend.” Open to “all English-language poets residing in the United States who have not previously published a full-length book or chapbook.  Financial need is not required, but will be a factor in the selection.”
  • Toronto-based untethered magazine’s “very first themed submission call wants your HELP-inspired manifestations. Submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual artwork and those strange beings in-between that explore the theme of HELP” are welcome until May 1. Pays: “Contributors will receive a $20 honourarium OR one (1) copy of the issue in which the contributor’s work appears.”
  • Attention West Virginians (including students attending school in West Virginia): The West Virginia Fiction Competition remains open for submissions until May 1. Prizes: “$500.00 First Prize Award and possible publication, $100 each for Second Place, Third Place, and Judges’ Choice Awards for high school and middle school students.” Note: “A panel of writers, editors, and creative writing instructors will choose finalists, and the 2022 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence (AHWIR) Barbara Kingsolver will select winners from these finalists. The Fiction Prizes are funded by the West Virginia Center for the Book and will be presented by Barbara Kingsolver on the night of Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Shepherd University. Kingsolver will also provide reviews for each finalist’s story.”
  • Michigan Quarterly Review is hiring a part-time Managing Editor. “This position has the possibility of being fully remote. This position is a term-limited position through August 2023.”
  • In Ohio, the Kenyon Review “is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to serve as Managing Editor.”
  • The Jewish Review of Books is hiring a Managing Editor; “the office is located in Cleveland, OH (remote work is possibility).”
  • The Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison “seeks two poets for tenure-track or tenured positions at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor levels, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with university policy.”
  • The Creative Writing Program at The New School in New York City “invites applicants for a one-year visiting appointment as Assistant Professor of Writing beginning on July 1, 2022. We seek an outstanding writer, scholar, and practitioner, who has published at least one work of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, graphic narrative, criticism, or multi-genre production to critical acclaim. We are looking for a writer who is able to produce hybrid texts and to write across genres and mediums and who is qualified to teach graduate and undergraduate workshops in poetry, as well as in at least one other genre.”
  • The MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco “invites applications for a full-time, one-year term Assistant Professor position in Fiction, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, contingent upon funding approval. The position will begin August 2022. This position seeks candidates whose work investigates our changing American identity by centering the lives of Black, immigrant, and/or indigenous people and their communities.”

Quick note: Longtime subscribers know that the monthly newsletter typically goes out to subscribers on the last day of the previous month (so the May issue would normally go out on Saturday, April 30). But since the last day of this month coincides with the Jewish Sabbath, I’m going to send the issue out extra-early. Expect it sometime on Friday. And in the meantime, be sure you’ve gleaned all that you can from the April issue!

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