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.

Quick note: There will be no Markets & Jobs post next Monday, May 16. Expect the next installment on Monday, May 23. And in the meantime, be sure to check out the many, many opportunities in our May newsletter that remain open for you and your work.

  • For “a new emerging writer series for A Writer’s Notebook,” Summer Brennan has announced that “every six weeks, I’ll work with a previously unpublished emerging writer to polish an essay for publication. Writers will be paid $250.” (Be sure to read the full thread for info/instructions.)
  • Sylvia magazine, based in the UK and aiming “to create a literary space that pays writers for their work and revels in the beauty of nature,” is open for submissions until May 15. Payment: “We pay £1.75 per line for poetry (not including titles or line breaks) and £0.25 per word for prose. Payments will be made via PayPal or bank transfer to a UK bank account only. If you are not able to provide these then unfortunately we cannot accept your submission at the moment.” (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • Alphabet Box “is a quarterly, international literary journal that features the best writers of original poetry, personal essays, flash fiction and short prose.” They’re open for submissions until May 10 (not, as previously listed, May 23). Pays: “a minimum $25 USD honorarium.” (Hat tip: @Duotrope.) DEADLINE CORRECTED! APOLOGIES FOR THE ERROR!
  • May 15 is the deadline to apply for a Carolyn Moore Writing Residency, a program of Portland Community College (PCC)’s Humanities and Arts (HARTS) Council. “Consisting of three- to eight-week terms at the Carolyn Moore Writers House in Tigard, Oregon,” the residency “offers writers concentrated time to focus on developing a written work, while also providing PCC students the opportunity to meet and interact with talented writers from across the country. Residents visit in-session classes either virtually or in person, give readings for the PCC and Greater Portland community, and host small groups of creative writing students in the Great Room of the Carolyn Moore Writers House. The Writers House is a beautiful log cabin home with full modern amenities on nine acres, complete with a fruit orchard, gardens, and a marsh. The House has two wings, and each has its own generous living space, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, as well as separate access to the onsite laundry room. In addition to use of the House and grounds, residents receive a stipend of $400 dollars per week, delivered in full upon arrival.”
  • The Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowships “offer grants, editorial mentorship, and other opportunities to early-career New York City-based practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as fiction writers.” Deadline: May 30.
  • Received via email: “Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine is reading for the Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices until the end of May. Anyone 18+ who customarily identifies as Black and has three or fewer paid fiction credits is eligible to enter. The winner will be published in Analog and paid our professional rate (8 cents/word) and will receive monthly mentoring sessions to discuss story ideas, the craft of writing, and the publishing industry.”
  • This year’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships ($25,800) are open for applications until June 2. Among eligibility criteria, note that “applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2022”; applicants must also “reside in the U.S. or be U.S. citizens.”
  • In New York, Poets House is advertising for an Executive Director.
  • The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI) seeks a part-time Social-Media Consultant (remote position for U.S. candidates). Compensation: “At least USD $26,000 /year. $25 per hour with an average of 20-25 hours per week.”
  • In Jamaica, the University of the West Indies-Mona Campus seeks a Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Creative Writing/Publishing.
  • Houston Baptist University “seeks Adjunct Professors to join the Department of Cinema, Media Arts, and Writing with expertise in Fiction and/or Poetry” who possess “ability to teach courses in Creative Writing from a Christian worldview.”
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