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.

  • ICYMI: The May issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers late last week. It features 65+ fee-free-and-paying calls and competitions, plus a link to our updated list of fee-free residencies. Check it out! (And share it with your networks!)
  • From Anna Shuts Held: “I’m working as the managing editor for Boost ( to spin up a magazine for creators! Pitch me, please! What we’re looking for + contact and comp info here (no DMs, please).”
  • Updates from Orca Literary Journal include changes in their publishing schedule and a reminder that they welcome 100 free submissions each month. Pays: “We currently pay $50 for published short stories and $25 for flash fiction.” (Hat tip: Nancy Ludmerer.)
  • In North Carolina, “the City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program in collaboration with the Durham Cultural Advisory Board are seeking a poet to serve as the Durham Poet Laureate to promote public appreciation of poetry and literature through public readings, special events, and learning sessions. The selected Durham Poet Laureate should be comfortable with teaching and interacting with community members and stakeholders as an ambassador of the City. Poets must have significant publication or published works and demonstrated previous commitment to promoting awareness of poetry.” Applications, due May 6, are welcome from “open to Candidates with connections to the Durham community and/or who are connected to and aware of the history of the area. The Poet Selection Panel encourages the selected Candidate to be a resident in the County of Durham.” Compensation: “The selected Candidate will have a total budget of $5,000, including poet laureate/artist fees, community engagement, learning sessions, and documentation of the pilot program. The City of Durham will support the selected Candidate by coordinating and publicizing speaking events.”
  • In DC, “PEN/Faulkner is seeking candidates to join our Education Programs team for a hands-on paid internship beginning in September 2022 for a 10-month term ending in June 2023. Spanish-speaking candidates are especially encouraged to apply.”  
  • In New York, the National Book Foundation is hiring an Education Programs Manager.
  • In Seattle, several positions are open at Hugo House.
  • In Chicago, the Poetry Foundation is advertising for a Senior Managing Editor, Digital.
  • The University of North Texas is advertising for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Poetry.
  • The University of Oregon is similarly advertising for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry.
  • Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT “is seeking full or part-time lecturers to teach creative non-fiction writing and undergraduate fiction writing classes.”
  • The Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California “seeks an adjunct instructor, specializing in arts & culture writing to teach JOUR 591: Arts Writing Practicum.”
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