Markets and Jobs for Writers

Background of a keyboard, mug of coffee, and wallet on a tabletop; text label indicating "Markets and Jobs for Writers: No fees to submit work/apply. Paying gigs only."

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.

  • From Rough Cut Press, which publishers “emerging and established voices from within the LGBTQIA community.”: “This month’s theme is air. Submissions are due by 7/27/22.” Note: “We seek personal, lyrical, critical, and experimental work in under 650 words. We accept submissions year-round, we don’t charge a submission fee, and we offer each writer an honorarium.”
  • Attention, writers from Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City: Applications for the Lanesboro (MN) Artist Residency Program remain open until midday (Central time) July 29. Residencies include stipends.
  • Flash Frog “is currently only open for Flash Frogtober submissions. This means we want your GHOST STORIES! Send us your traditional ghost stories, the ones that haunt and scare. Send us your unconventional ghost stories, the ones that make us rethink what a ghost story can be. We are open to your interpretation—surprise us!” Pays: $25 (via Paypal). Deadline: July 31.
  • From Mary Pappalardo: “I am supremely delighted to announce that the Fiction department at @theoffingmag is officially open for submissions until August 1!” Check the thread for details on editors’ interests. According to its guidelines, the magazine pays “a $25–$100 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published.”
  • Epiphany is thrilled to announce the 2022 Fresh Voices Fellowship, a year-long fellowship supporting one emerging Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other writer of color who does not have an MFA and is not currently enrolled in a degree-granting creative writing program” (and has not published a book, although “chapbooks and work published in literary journals are acceptable”). NB: “You do not need to be located in NYC to apply (all meetings and classes can take place virtually).” Fellowship package includes a $2,000 stipend. Deadline: August 1.
  • The New Jewish Culture Fellowship (NJCF) program also has an August 1 deadline. “Starting in 2022–23, fellowship programming will happen virtually, so we’ll consider applications from artists living across the United States. We want to help you get to your next “big thing”—be that a major grant or residency, solo performance/bigger venue, book-length publication, etc. We will select 6–10 artists who will benefit most from sustained engagement with their projects and in a cohort experience—there is no specific age range or degree requirement, but fellows have tended to be between ages 25 and 40, and often have MFAs or equivalent professional experience. NJCF especially encourages artists whose identities or practices are often underrepresented in mainstream Jewish life to apply (trans, post-Soviet, queer, BIPOC, Mizrahi, Sephardi, disabled, and others).” Fellowship includes “a $1500 stipend and the opportunity to apply for up to an additional $1500 in funds for producing an event, workshop, or class (virtual or in-person).” (Hat tip: Josh Lambert.)
  • From Mesa Refuge: “We are hiring a part-time Program Coordinator in the Bay Area to provide support for our residency and DIY retreat programs, social media, events and fundraising….Some of the work is remote and at least one day a week is on-site in Point Reyes Station.” Compensation: “$35-40/hour, depending on experience.’
  • Poets & Writers is advertising a Programs and Partnerships Assistant position, a “full-time, entry level position in our New York City office.” Salary: $40,000.
  • There are two positions open at the Center for Black Literature in Brooklyn: program director and teaching artist. (Hat tip: Brenda Joyce Patterson.)
  • “Creative Nonfiction is seeking instructors and curriculum designers for 5- and 10-week asynchronous online courses, webinars, and self-guided courses.  We’re also interested in expanding our programming to include teen workshops and live workshops over zoom. We’re looking for instructors and publishing professionals from diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences who are passionate and knowledgeable, with a genuine desire to help other nonfiction writers improve their craft.” (For this window, applications close July 31.)
  • In Pittsburgh, “the Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice Studies at Point Park University seeks part-time instructors to teach composition, introductory literature courses, and poetry workshops, primarily in our core curriculum.”
  • The Philadelphia-based Drexel MFA program “is looking for writers who work in different styles and genres, such as literary fiction, fantasy, humor, historical fiction, sci fi, suspense, young adult, etc. to be hired as adjunct faculty. The MFA is also looking for publishing industry professionals to teach professional development electives and courses.  The adjunct faculty member will employ a variety of strategies to foster student learning and discussions, as well as encourage active learning in all students, maintain proper course-related records, and evaluate student work and provide students with feedback as to the progress toward meeting the objectives of the course. Each adjunct faculty member is responsible for effectively teaching students in the assigned classroom or online in both synchronous and asynchronous sessions.”
  • In Massachusetts, the English Department at Salem State seeks a candidate with experience in professional writing for a one-year, full-time, temporary position. The position will require teaching writing courses in professional, expository, and creative writing, including online courses. The position will also include teaching a course related to the production of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and assisting with the development of the department’s internship program.”
  • Also in Massachusetts, “the Humanities and Arts Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is regularly seeking part-time adjunct faculty to teach Literature and Creative Writing courses. The Literature faculty teach introductory courses, intermediate thematic surveys, and advanced topic seminars and have particular interests in American (including African American and Chicana/o), English, and World literatures; poetry; and American and Global cinema. The Creative Writing Program offers introduction, intermediate, and advanced seminars in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry.”
  • And, again, in Massachusetts, the Department of English at Merrimack College “invites applications to teach Creative Writing: Fiction as an adjunct instructor for the Fall 2022 semester. This is an upper level fiction writing workshop. The semester begins on Monday, August 29, 2022. This course will be offered Monday and Wednesday from 11:00AM-12:15PM.”
on a tabletop: a keyboard, a mug of coffee, and a wallet with cash, plus a text label announcing Markets and Jobs for Writers