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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  • Jen Rose Smith, who edits “adventure/lifestyle stories, including reported news pieces, first-person essays, profiles, and service stories,” most “(but not all)” focusing on the United States, for Sierra, seeks pitches as described in this thread. Included in the thread is rate info ($350-$450 for digital, “depending on scope”; $1-$1.50/word for print).
  • From the Library of Arabic Literature blog: “We’re looking for writers who are enthusiastic about Arabic literature to contribute to the Library of Arabic Literature blog. We welcome ideas for posts on a variety of topics. Previous blog posts have included reflections on how LAL books fit with a broader theme, such as the Global Middle Ages or disability studies, as well as surprising comparisons (e.g. ‘Antarah and Cardi B). Blog posts should be 800-1200 words long and must feature at least one LAL book, preferably (but not necessarily) one published within the last two years. We offer an honorarium of $400 for each post.” Note: “Pitches will be considered on a rolling basis.”
  • From Guernica: “For a new quarterly section featuring gatherings of poems, we invite submission of a range of poems that are critically plural, that cohere — or that fragment — a shared project.” They seek 3-10 poems “that shape each other in some way; they could accumulate, thicken, complicate, and make spare — or make inverse — the questions that drive them.” Deadline is August 15; “for this new section, we offer an honorarium of $150.” 
  • From Desi Books: “We’re open for book review pitches for #DesiBooksReview issue 4. Given the 75th anniversary of the Partition, we’re focusing on reviews of partition-themed books, new and not-so-new. Please see the guidelines here and send pitches by Aug 15. Yes, we pay.”
  • Funicular Magazine, which “publishes quality fiction and poetry that shocks, surprises, moves, and tickles us,” is open for submissions until August 17. Pays (for print publication only): $10/printed page (up to a maximum of $100) for fiction and $25 per poem or flash.
  • Attention, UK writers: The (new) Michael Marks Environmental Poetry Award is open for entries until September 1. Prize includes publication of the entered portfolio as a pamphlet, to be sold at Wordsworth Grasmere and The British Library, £1,000, and reading invitations.
  • The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers seeks a Freelance Editor “to be an integral player in the development of the Scholastic Awards Centennial Anthology (working title), a collection of teen writings celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2023. This is a project-based position with specific deliverables due at various points on the editorial calendar, starting in mid-August 2022 and ending in late-November 2022. The Editor will report to the Alliance’s Manager, Production and Communications, and will work closely with Scholastic Inc.’s library staff, who will help provide materials for selection.” Compensation: $5,000 stipend. Job may be performed anywhere in the United States. 
  • Kirkus Reviews is seeking “an excellent customer service representative for its Indie (self-published) section. The customer service rep will be responsible for assisting authors and corporate partners; maintaining our database; assisting the editors; performing clerical tasks, including mailing/unpacking packages; as well as fact checking, assisting with new projects, and other responsibilities. The primary focus, however, will be helping self-published authors with all of their questions, concerns, complaints, etc. An empathetic, patient person who feels personal reward from supporting others is a must; a book lover who appreciates the journey of a writer is a big plus! Individuals in the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and other traditionally underrepresented communities are highly encouraged to apply.” The salary range provided is $30,000 (minimum) to $50,000 (maximum). Job appears to be in New York.
  • “The University of New Hampshire’s English Department seeks a full-time lecturer to teach poetry writing in its MFA in Writing and undergraduate creative writing programs. The teaching load is a 3-3 with the lecturer teaching at least one graduate course each semester. Undergraduate courses will range from poetry writing workshops to First Year English. In addition, responsibilities include: advising MFA poetry theses; serving on MFA poetry thesis committees; reading and ranking MFA poetry applications; recruiting MFA poetry prospective students.”
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