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 July issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers late last week. As usual, it’s packed with dozens of fee-free opportunities that pay for winning/published work.
  • From Bad Betty Press: “For the month of July 2022, we’d love to receive your full-length poetry collections (not pamphlets), to consider for publication in 2023 and 2024.” Note: “We’re based in the UK, but welcome submissions from poets anywhere in the world.” Compensation: “On publication, you’ll receive 15 complimentary copies, a discount on further copies, and a small advance of royalties.” 
  • Until July 15, Northern Gravy, “a literary periodical,” invites submissions “from UK & Ireland writers of any background, including first-time writers. We welcome work from members of groups or communities typically under-represented within literature, whether or not the work addresses this.” Appears to take fiction, poetry, and kidlit. Pays: £100. (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • Seattle-area poets, you have until July 13 (5pm local time) to apply for a Civic Poet position. “In partnership, the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) and the Seattle Public Library (SPL) support an experienced poet with a two-year City residency as literary ambassador. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the City, the public, and other artists, while celebrating the literary arts.” Compensation: “$15,000. Funding covers a two-year period. It compensates time for writing, administration, artist fees, performances, event costs, materials, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs.”
  • “CJP and JArts are proud to launch the 3rd cohort of the Community Creative Fellowship for two Boston-area creatives. We invite creatives in all artistic media – visual artists, performers, writers, chefs, coders, and others – to apply.” Note that “This fellowship is designed to support two local creatives who are looking to explore Jewish identity through arts and/or culture” and confers a stipend of $20,000. Deadline: July 28.
  • “Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press is seeking interns to provide support to our team. We’re looking for two full time interns to work 40 hours a week from late August 2022 until late February 2023 (a six month internship). The internship is paid ($17/hr). This position can be based out of our New York City office, or considered a remote position based anywhere in California, Oregon, and New Jersey/New York. Interns will primarily assist our publicity and marketing departments, but will have opportunities to work with other departments, such as editorial and production, on an as-needed basis.” 
  • ECW Press, “an independent Canadian-owned book publisher,” runs “an ongoing acquisitions internship program“: “Internships last four weeks, generally, and can start any time. The internship could also include work in other aspects of the book business that could serve as the primary career path of the intern while development of acquisition skills continues. The internship will pay $2,200 for the four weeks. The location of the internship will depend on the specific intern but could work at the ECW office and/or remotely.” (Learned about this one via email from David Groskind.)
  • Publishers Weekly is “looking for experienced freelance book reviewers for both traditionally published and self-published works.” Pays: “a modest honorarium.”
  • Publishers Weekly is also “seeking a Nonfiction Reviews Editor with impeccable editing and writing skills. Under the direction of the Executive Editor, this individual will primarily be responsible for assigning and editing pre-publication reviews of nonfiction books, assigning and editing author interviews, and contributing to our twice-yearly announcements issues, and other features, as needed. The Nonfiction Reviews Editor will be required to work in PW’s New York City office a minimum of one day per week and can work remotely the rest of the time.”
  • Bard College “seeks a Managing Editor for the literary journal, Conjunctions. The managing editorship is a full-time, exempt position for a period of three years. The role is office-based on the campus of Bard College, 90 miles north of New York City in Annandale-on-Hudson.” 
  • From the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa: “The International Writing Program’s Fall Residency is a unique opportunity to connect with an incredible, talented community of international writers—and we are now hiring for two positions! We need both a residency assistant, who will begin ASAP, and a motor vehicle operator, who will begin in August. These are both great opportunities to be involved in a truly special program; make sure to share the info with any friends that you think might be a good fit. Learn more at and”
  • For a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position starting in August, Ohio Wesleyan University “seeks a creative writer (fiction and/or poetry) with additional expertise in American literature (any specialty).”

Wishing a good, meaningful 4th of July to those who are celebrating it today.

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