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.

  • ICYMI: The October 2022 issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers last Friday. If you haven’t yet scanned through the 60+ fee-free and paying opportunities compiled there, there’s no time like the present to do so. (Remember: The monthly newsletter does not include anything limited to residents of a single city, state, or province; such localized opportunities do appear, however, in these weekly posts. Also in these weekly posts: current opportunities I discover after the monthly newsletter has gone out!)
  • To wit: TriQuarterly “is open to new fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry submissions–and until October 15th, it is FREE to submit!” Pays: “honoraria” (per guidelines page).
  • The Rialto is now open for poetry submissions, for an issue to be edited by Michael Mackmin. (Looks as though they’ll stay open until October 20.) Pays: £20/poem on publication.
  • Over the weekend I discovered a brief fee-free window for all writers (now closed) interested in Quarterly West‘s contests in poetry and prose. However, as noted, fees continue to be waived for BIPOC writers. I recommend going to the magazine’s Submittable page for the most updated set of entry information/categories.
  • The Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) “is continuing to partner with the Sisters of Loretto/Loretto Community to offer Artist Residencies of 1–3 weeks at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, KY. Residencies are open to feminist artists who are residents of Kentucky who have demonstrated achievement in creating work high in artistic merit and based on social justice issues/concerns.” The current deadline for “first-round” consideration, for residencies to be scheduled is October 10. In addition to housing, “KFW will provide a food stipend of $10/day, to be paid directly to the artist, to offset the cost of food during the residency. Artists will be responsible for the remainder of their food costs, whether taking the meal plan or providing their own food.”
  • LABA, “a non-religious house of study whose goal is to function as an international incubator for creativity and to push the boundaries of what Jewish art can be, and what Jewish texts can teach,” has issued a call for applications for its next cohort of fellows. “We are seeking NYC-based artists and culture-makers from any creative field: fellows have included choreographers, performers, curators, visual artists, bakers, directors, composers, writers, film-makers, clowns, comedians and fashion designers. We do not limit our categories: we encourage everyone from puppeteers and chefs to architects and tight-rope walkers to apply. No previous knowledge of Jewish texts is required for fellows, nor will previous knowledge of Jewish texts lessen one’s chances of becoming a fellow. What is required is a desire to study these texts in an intellectually rigorous, non-religious setting.” The next LABA theme will be “Taboo”; applications are due by October 26. Note that the fellowship confers “a $1200 study stipend, and a production stipend.”
  • The NYSCA/NYFA Artists with Disabilities Grant program “will distribute one-time cash grants of $1,000 to artists with a disability who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis to cover art related expenses. The grant will be open to visual, media, music, performing, literary, and multidisciplinary artists who live in New York State outside of the five boroughs of NYC.” Deadline: November 1.
  • In Los Angeles, Write Girl, “a creative writing and mentoring organization for underserved teen girls and gender expansive youth,” is hiring an Administrative Assistant. “We are seeking full-time support for events and administrative activities.” This is a full-time position that pays $20/hour.
  • In New York, Poets & Writers magazine is hiring a Production Editor. This full-time position is advertising a salary of $60,000.
  • In Brooklyn, Greenlight Bookstore is advertising for an Events Coordinator. This full-time position has posted a salary “starting at $40,000 annually; compensation commensurate with experience.”
  • In North Carolina, the Department of English at East Carolina University “is seeking a Digital Editor, for the award-winning North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR), to begin immediately. This is a part-time position, 20-30 hours per week, funded in part by a North Carolina Arts Council grant. The successful candidate will report to the NCLR Editor and can work fully or partly remotely.” NB: According to the version of the job announcement on the ECU website, compensation is $18/hour.
  • This call from the Poetry Foundation is for online workshops “with international reach”: “Teaching artists near the beginning of their career are invited to design and lead an original poetry workshop as a part of the Poetry Foundation Library’s workshop series, Forms & Features. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a proposed workshop on any topic of their choice, as long as it engages poetry in a meaningful way. Visiting Teaching Artists will receive an honorarium of $750 for teaching the workshop. One teaching artist will be featured each month,” with successful applications from this call being scheduled January-June of 2023. “Visiting Teaching Artists will also be offered the opportunity to contribute a craft essay based on their workshop to the Poetry & Practice series on the Learn section of Poetry Foundation website, and invited to participate in a reading with other Visiting Teaching Artists. Additional honoraria will be offered for these additional opportunities.” Deadline: November 1.
  • In Massachusetts, the Wellesley College Department of English and Creative Writing, in connection with the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, “invites applications for the position of Newhouse Professor/Writer-in-Residence, a full-time position in creative writing. Initial appointment for a three-year term, with the possibility of extension for a further two years; shorter terms may be possible depending on the interest and availability of the candidate. Appointment to begin Fall 2023. Applications from candidates in all creative writing genres will be considered; screenwriters, graphic novelists, television writers, playwrights, translators, nonfiction writers, magazine writers, songwriters, librettists, and poets working in performance genres are especially encouraged to apply. There are opportunities to work in tandem with the Newhouse Center to create vibrant literary programming, including starting a reading series. Normal teaching program is two courses per semester, plus direction of student independent work. Rank open, competitive salary based on experience and distinction of publication record.”
  • “The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Poetry. The anticipated start for this position is Fall Semester 2023.”
  • In Ohio, Oberlin College’s Creative Writing Program “invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in the field of Poetry and Community-Based-Learning. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall 2023, and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.”
  • Oberlin’s Creative Writing Program also “invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences in the field of Fiction with a subspecialty in a related field such as Creative Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Digital Media, Graphic Narrative, or Hybrid Forms. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years beginning fall 2023 and will carry the rank of Assistant Professor.”
  • In New York, Binghamton University’s Department of English “seeks to hire a tenure-line Assistant Professor of Fiction starting Sep. 1, 2023.”
  • “The Department of English at Oklahoma State University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing-Fiction beginning in August 2023, contingent upon available funding.”
  • In Oregon, George Fox University “announces a tenure-track faculty position in English, to begin in August 2023.” Appears to be a position for a fiction specialist.
  • In Connecticut, Yale University’s Department of English “seeks a lecturer in fiction writing beginning July 1, 2023.  This will be an initial appointment of one year with a possible extension of up to four additional years….The committee would welcome, but does not require, an interest in speculative fiction, broadly defined.”
  • “The MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a pool of qualified part-time instructors to teach on-site, in-person classes for 2023….We seek instructors of poetry and nonfiction, but currently have the greatest need for fiction instructors.”
  • The Department of English at the University of Idaho “seeks to hire an assistant professor of creative writing in prose. The candidate shall have a primary expertise in either Fiction or Nonfiction, with a secondary emphasis in the other genre.”
  • In New Jersey, the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at Monmouth University “invites applications for the position of Visiting Writer in Creative Non-Fiction. The Visiting Writer will teach one course in our dual-degree M.A./M.F.A. program in the Spring semester. They will also advise three graduate theses in multiple genres.”
  • “The English Department at the University of Missouri welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction) to join our strong undergraduate and graduate programs, which include a PhD in English with a creative writing emphasis.”
  • In Maine, Colby College’s Department of English is advertising for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, (Creative Nonfiction). “Among the fields of secondary expertise, we welcome writing for the screen, environmental literature, and/or journalism.”
  • “The Creative Writing Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction, to begin in Fall 2023.”
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