Markets & 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.

  • First things first: The August issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to (more than 6,000) subscribers yesterday. Catch up on the 55+ fee-free AND paying opportunities—calls and competitions—listed there.
  • Frontier Poetry seeks “highly qualified writers to write editorial feedback to our submitters. The hours per month are self-determined, but can range from 10 – 50+ hours.” (Via Twitter, I’ve ascertained that “as of right now, there is no fixed deadline as we are accepting Guest Editor applications on a rolling basis; however that might change. Guest editors are compensated $25 USD per completed editorial letter.”)
  • At Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis, applications are open for the Milkweed Fellowship until August 15. “This paid, one- to two-year immersion program is designed to offer the tools, experience, and exposure necessary to pursue a career in book publishing. Intended to provide an alternative route to leadership in an industry where the prerequisite to an entry-level position is typically an unpaid internship, this learning-oriented position seeks to provide entry to those historically underrepresented among workers in book publishing—indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and those with disabilities—so they may advance, discover, and champion transformative literature for years to come. This position is based on-site in our Minneapolis offices and is full time (non-exempt, 40 hours per week, for 12–24 months), beginning in September 2022 or earlier. Compensation includes a salary of $37,500 per year, generous paid time off, and health and dental benefits.”
  • In Baltimore, the American Prison Writing Archive, “the first fully searchable digital archive of non-fiction essays and poetry by incarcerated people writing about their experience inside U.S. prisons and jails today,” is hiring an Associate Manager. Starting salary range: “$51,210 – $70,480 annually (commensurate with experience).”  
  • “The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, City University of New York, invites applications from experienced creative writers for a full-time, tenure-track position as an assistant professor, starting Sept. 1, 2023. The successful candidate will have several years’ experience as a professional creative writer, evidenced by published short work in recognized literary journals or other noted periodicals, or at least one book published by an established trade, independent, university or regional press. Proficiency in fiction-writing and one other creative-writing genre — such as film writing, literary nonfiction, memoir, or fiction podcasting — is required. We are not seeking a poet.”
  • In Boston, “the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the literature and writing of popular fiction.”
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