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.

  • From Elsie Granther: “Looking for authors who had success with competitions & lit mags before landing an agent. Paid online panel ‘Building a Rep’ with @JerichoWriters, Nov 24.” (Hat tip: @WeisChoice.)
  • From, “a personal finance blog for the low income crowd”: “We are still open for pitches of money stories from low income, unemployed, and underemployed folks in the US! $125 for ~1200 – 1500 words.”
  • Australia-based Westerly, which publishes “short stories, micro-fiction, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, artwork, essays and literary criticism,” is open for submissions until July 31. Pay rates vary from $100 to $200 (presumably in Australian dollars). Note: “We expect our contributing authors to be subscribers of the journal, and support the publication which is supporting them! For this reason, we will offer any authors selected for publication who are not subscribers the opportunity to take out a discounted year’s subscription as part-payment for their work.”
  • Canada’s “oldest feminist literary journal,” Room, which “showcases writing and art by people of all marginalized genders, including cis and trans women, trans men, nonbinary and two spirit people,” remains open for submissions for an issue themed “Around the Table: Asian Voices” until July 31. Pays: “All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages.”
  • The Artist Trust Endurance Grants program will award “40 unrestricted need-based grants of $2,500 to artists working in all disciplines across Washington State to assist with an unforeseen emergency, crisis, or catastrophic event. This grant will fund artists who identify with one or more of the following communities: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Native, LGBTQIA+, immunocompromised, with immigrant status, have or are living with a disability, residing outside King County, and/or low income.” Apply by August 1. (Thanks to Anca L. Szilágyi for the lead on this one.) 
  • August 1 is also the deadline for Delaware writers to apply for Individual Artist Fellowships: “Applications are accepted in eighteen artistic disciplines in the fields of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Applicants select between Emerging or Established categories. The Masters Fellowship is available in select disciplines on a three-year rotating basis to artists who meet specific criteria. Out-of-state professionals evaluate the applications in an anonymous process. Mid Atlantic Arts assists with the administration of the program. Awards are $3,000 for Emerging; $6,000 for Established; and $10,000 for Masters.”
  • Attention, Oregonians: The application deadline for 2023 Oregon Literary Fellowships, which “are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature,” is August 5. Cash awards as detailed in the guidelines.
  • By the time next week’s Markets and Jobs post goes live, the August issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 will have landed in subscribers’ e-mailboxes. If you’re not already receiving our free newsletter, it’s not too late to join us! (It’s also not too late to take advantage of many opportunities listed in the July issue.)
  • Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, is advertising for a Managing Editor. “Up to 8 hours/week, flexible. $20.00/hour. Beginning in August, 2022. Preferred: magazine or arts administrative experience. Required: B.A. and/or M.F.A. and residence in the greater Boston area. One year, possibly renewable on a permanent basis.”
  • California’s Idyllwild Arts Academy seeks a Writer-in-Residence.
  • “The Department of English at California State University, San Bernardino invites applications from a diverse group of qualified applicants for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 17, 2023. We seek a specialist in prose writing (fiction or creative nonfiction). Secondary genre(s) of expertise are welcome.”
  • Central Washington University is advertising an Assistant Professor position (actually, “two positions”) “to teach existing introductory and advanced creative writing courses in fiction and creative nonfiction, and other courses in their area of expertise using a variety of modalities.”
  • At Princeton University in New Jersey, “the Program in Journalism and its academic home, the Council of the Humanities, welcome proposals from journalists to teach seminars in journalism as visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism and in nonfiction as visiting McGraw Professors of Writing. Positions are available for one-semester terms: fall 2023 or spring 2024.”
  • In Brooklyn, New York, “the Writing Department at Pratt Institute is calling for applications of candidates to join our part-time teaching faculty  in the Undergraduate Writing Program for the 22/23 academic year, starting with Fall 2022. Writing is the home for creative writers at Pratt. For us, writing is a collaborative and community-engaged practice. Our curriculum emphasizes play, experimentation, field study, and opportunities to write across multiple genres and forms. We seek applicants with experience teaching creative writing, particularly courses in poetry, fiction, and the foundations of writing practice.”
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2 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Westerly published one of my stories in its latest issue. Yes, they pay in AU$. It’s not easy to get in … they receive thousands of submissions and they have ultra-high standards. They have a prize, the Patricia Hackett award, for the best item published in a year of issues. I won it in 1995.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks for all that info–and congratulations on the publications/prizes.

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