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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  • From So Textual, “a community and online platform for bookish individuals who seek smart conversations about literature, creative practice, and a considered lifestyle”: “We’re accepting pitches! We’re always looking for evergreen essays, lists related to reading culture, city guides, and bookstore pilgrimages.” Compensation: “$200 for essays and $75 for lists. We’re a new literary platform and plan to increase pay in the future.”
  • Bay Area writers: “In celebration of BART’s 50th anniversary this September, BART is proud to announce our first-ever Short Fiction contest for authors (18+) living across BART’s five counties (San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara). With BART Lines, BART shines a light on the literary voices that make the Bay Area the unique, diverse place that it is. Our riders keep BART moving, and we want to highlight the best writers that the region has to offer and showcase it in our stations on our popular Short Story Dispensers.” They want very short stories, “7,500 characters or less (spaces included),” on the theme of “Motion,” and will close once they’ve received 400 submissions (or June 30, whichever comes first). “Thirty finalists will be selected, and each will receive a $200 honorarium. The finalists’ stories will live in BART’s Short Story Dispensers, currently located at Balboa Park, Richmond, Pleasant Hill, and Fruitvale stations. The finalists will be selected by our panel of Bay Area literary icons: J. K. Fowler, Daniel Handler, Annalee Newitz, Ishmael Reed, and Ingrid Rojas Contreras.”
  • From the Wyoming Arts Council: “Creative Writing fellowships are $3,000 unrestricted awards of merit, based on a writer’s body of work, and honoring Wyoming’s literary artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional writing. One fellowship is awarded in each category of Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction, for a total of three fellowships.” Deadline: June 9.
  • From Jason Anthony: “It’s Proto’s semi-annual open call for pitches. We do smart, long-form stories about medicine—research, technology, ethics, art and policy. Pay is $1-$2/wd.” Pitch by June 10.
  • “In partnership with Cave Canem, 24PearlStreet, the online writing program at the Fine Arts Work Center, has allocated 5 scholarships, worth $600 each, for African-American writers to attend any 2022 Summer session online workshop in poetry, short fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, YA novel writing, and more.” Deadline: June 13.
  • Extra Teeth, publishing “the best new writing from Scotland and beyond,” is open for submissions until June 14. “We accept creative fiction and nonfiction between 800 and 4,000 words.” Pays: “£100 for each selected piece, as well as two copies of the magazine in which the piece is featured.”
  • The Four Faced Liar is open for submissions until June 15. “We accept fiction and creative non-fiction (up to 4000 words); flash fiction (up to 1000 words); poetry (up to 3 pages); visual art (1 piece).” Payment: “€200 for a short story or CNF piece, €100 for a poem or piece of flash, and €100 for visual art, as well as a copy of the magazine for each contributor.” Hat tip: Pamelyn Casto’s Flash Fiction Flash.
  • Applications for 2023 writer residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park (Minnesota) are fee-free until June 15. “Writers span a range of arts-focused disciplines and will receive a stipend, full room & board, and a two-week residency at the 50-acre outdoor sculpture park. The writers-in-residence in this program will immerse themselves in the new environment and embrace the time and space to move forward in their work.” 
  • If you haven’t caught it yet, be sure to check out the June issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0, which is replete with dozens more fee-free (and paying) opportunities.
  • Connecticut Arts Alliance is hiring a Communications Manager. “While the position is mostly remote, it does require some travel within Connecticut.” Compensation: “USD $20 – USD $25/hour.” Apply by June 10.
  • In New York, Downtown Community Television Center (DCTC) “seeks a full-time Communications Manager to bridge our mission and message and expand our reach; promoting all DCTV services, including cinema and educational programming, membership, and fundraising opportunities.” Temporarily remote position. 
  • The National Book Foundation “is seeking a part-time Programs Coordinator. This is a grant-funded position, focused on the new Science + Literature which is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and aims to highlight diverse books that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology. The position also includes additional program support as needed.” Compensation: “This is a part-time position of 25 hours per week. The Programs Coordinator will be paid $25 per hour, including paid holidays/office closures.” Note: “This position is based in New York, though may begin remotely as needed.”
  • The Fine Arts Center, “a public high school for the literary, performing and visual arts,” in Greenville, SC, is hiring an Instructor of Creative Writing.
  • In North Carolina, the Department of English at Appalachian State University “invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professorship in Creative Writing (with the possibility of renewal), specifically in fiction with a secondary interest in creative nonfiction, to start on August 1, 2022, pending final administrative and budgetary approval.”
  • Oklahoma State University is advertising for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry) and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction).
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