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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- From Stanchion: “A 48-hour submission window for all types of writing and visual media will open at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time, US) on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. I’ll be reading for Issue 9 (Oct 2022) and responding swiftly. Thank you so much for considering Stanchion a worthy home for your work.” Stanchion welcomes “original, never-before-published short stories (3000-ish word max), flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, prose poems, stray thoughts, short screenplays, monologues, experimental work, interviews with inanimate objects, comics, black & white photography (vertical, portrait-oriented images are preferred), black & white drawings, black & white collage art, and other evocative images of mixed media artwork (also, you guessed it, in black and white)” and “pays $10 + each contributor receives complimentary copy of the issue.”
- “Denver Quarterly, in collaboration with InterOcean Studio, invites all local Colorado poets (from Front Range communities only) to submit up to three unpublished single-page poems for consideration to be published as single-sheet letterpress broadsides. Denver Quarterly editors will review all submissions to select one poem each from two poets.” Deadline: September 15. Prizes: The winning poets will each receive a $100 honorarium” (plus 10 copies of their broadside). Note important requirements, including availability to collaborate in-person with InterOcean Studio and to participate in a public event.
- The Masters Review “is excited to introduce September Selects, a special free submission opportunity occurring each weekend throughout the month of September! Each Friday at 12:01 am until Sunday at 11:59 pm, we’ll open a call for submissions of a particular type. Each weekend’s submission call will be different! From each weekend, our reading team will select our favorite story to publish in February.” Note: “Like all of our submission opportunities, September Selects is open to any author, new or emerging, who has not yet published a novel with a major press. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged! The winners in each Select category will have their story published on our site, along with a Submitter Spotlight profile, and will earn a $200 prize.” For the upcoming weekend (9/16 – 9/18), they’ll seek “Stories in Second Person”; the following weekend, they’ll welcome “Anti-Love Stories.” (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
- From Comma Press: “The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction is once again open for submissions with the theme ‘Music’. The Dinesh Prize was set up following the death in 2014 of Comma’s much-loved director and founding board member, writer Dinesh Allirajah. The prize aims to create a lasting legacy out of Dinesh’s love for writing short story fiction during his lifetime.” The competition is open to “anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK, and the story submitted must not have been previously published anywhere else, online or in print.” Prize: “The winning writer will receive £500 and all 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an eBook anthology which will be published by Comma Press and sold online.” Deadline: September 22.
- Hyperlocal opportunity for those in Orange County, North Carolina: “Orange County visual artists and poets are invited to apply for participation in ‘Coalesce’ an exhibition at the Eno Arts Mill Gallery scheduled for January, 2023. Ten selected poets and ten selected visual artists will be paired for collaboration. Each poet will write a new poem based on one artwork, and each artist will create a new artwork based on one poem, all of which will be displayed throughout the month in the main gallery.” Apply by October 1. Payment: “All selected poets and artists will receive a $100 honorarium.”
- Quick reminder, as we approach September’s midpoint, to check our September newsletter for additional opportunities.
- In New York, The Writers Guild of America, East, is hiring an Award and Event Administrator. “The salary range for this position is $71,268 – $76,748.”
- Also in New York, Behind the Book “is seeking a part-time Marketing and Communications Specialist to assist with growing our brand awareness in the city and beyond. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Specialist will serve as a key part of the team, responsible for the execution of communication activities including social media posts, a monthly newsletter, blog posts, and other key content for distribution on various channels. This is a part-time 20-25 hrs/week position based out of our Harlem office, where a hybrid schedule is in place. The yearly salary is $30,000.”
- Posted by Rebecca Sinderbrand, Director of Georgetown University [DC]’s Journalism Program; “Attention, journalists! If you’re looking for a way to dip a toe in the classroom without leaving the newsroom – to get connected to Georgetown and start working with aspiring student reporters without the commitment of actually assembling a syllabus, teaching a weekly course or grading – here’s a great gig: serving as the media advisor for the university’s student print (digital) publications. You’d basically be a part-time freelance ombudsman, provide feedback on long-term editorial strategy, and occasionally lead sessions exploring newsroom life and challenges: how to approach basic news writing and ethics dilemmas, how to deal with sensitive subjects, and best practices around social media.” Compensation: $40/hour for 4-8 hours a week, “not to exceed $10,000 annually.” (Hat tip: Kaitlyn Arford)
- In Minnesota, the Macalester College Department of English “invites applications for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing–Poetry, at the rank of Assistant Professor. We especially welcome applicants who have a secondary interest in creative nonfiction.”
- From Emerson College in Massachusetts: “The Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor, or an Associate Professor or Professor with the possibility of tenure transfer, in the area of Writing Studies.,,,Duties for this position include teaching first year writing courses for undergraduate students and a pedagogy seminar for graduate students, teaching and developing courses for undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on community writing and publishing, mentoring graduate student instructors who are MFA students in creative writing and MA students in publishing and writing, supporting and developing community writing and publishing partnerships, and participating in the collaborative leadership of the program. “