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.

  • This time next week, the November issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 will be hitting subscribers’ inboxes. In the meantime, some opportunities listed in the October newsletter (and even some provided in recent Monday posts) remain open for submissions or entries. Be sure that you’ve checked them out!
  • From Guardian Australia’s opinion editor Bridie Jabour: “It’s that time again … the comment desk is looking for yr evergreen pitches for December/January. Can be on a niche interest; an important social issue; personal experience; something very funny.” Pays: $300AUD per comment piece. (Responding to a question in the thread, Jabour writes that this call for pitches is “mainly people in Australia but depending on topic I could be open to international” writers. (Hat tip: Kaitlyn Arford.)
  • “In response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history, Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco joined forces to create a chapbook prize for local emerging queer and trans Black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. Each year, one chapbook author is awarded publication, a $1,500 prize, and $1,000 to support their book tour/promotion. We alternate genres—this year, we consider poetry manuscripts.” Deadline: November 1.
  • Publishers Weekly seeks freelance book reviewers. Pays: “a modest honorarium.”
  • “Western States Center is partnering with the creators of a forthcoming graphic novel to produce a companion guide for taking action to defend democracy and counter white nationalism. The graphic novel will be paired with an action guide so that those who are inspired by the story have clear steps to take. The action guide will be comprised of approximately ten pages of content and will be informed by the expertise and experience of Western States Center and the graphic novel authors. We seek to engage a writer to produce the action guide.” Note: “This contractor role may be filled remotely within the United States.” Compensation: “This is a limited-term independent contractor position with a project rate of $7,000-10,000 based on experience.”
  • The University of Utah is hiring a Coordinator for its Guest Writers Series. “Pay rate range: $35,568.”
  • “The MFA Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis seeks a visiting poet for the spring semester of 2023. The ideal candidate will be prepared to mentor a diverse student population, and to foster a welcoming and inclusive culture in their classes and in the MFA program. They will be able to translate their own ideas and experience into valuable insights for students, and they will be able to tailor their teaching to the needs of individuals in the class. We seek a colleague who views mentoring as a crucial element in the development of student writers.”
  • “The Department of English at the University of Wyoming seeks applications for a Director of Creative Writing at the advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level….Applicants must have a terminal degree (MFA or PhD) and their work should primarily be in Creative Non-Fiction, although expertise in another genre is also desirable. Applicants should have published a minimum of two books or equivalent.” 
  • At UCLA, “the Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in creative nonfiction with duties beginning July 1, 2023. We welcome applications from creative writers working in a secondary genre and who are also able to teach poetry or fiction.”
  • “The University of Central Missouri seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Creative Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning on August 8, 2023. An MFA or PhD in Creative Writing with a specialization in creative nonfiction is required; candidates with an ABD may be considered. A secondary area of specialization in poetry is preferred. The ideal candidate will have at least one significant publication in the field of creative nonfiction and at least one significant publication in poetry.”
  • Another one for a creative nonfiction specialist: Rhode Island’s Providence College “invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in English beginning in the fall of 2023.”
  • In New York, “the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University, along with its Program in Creative Writing, is conducting a search for a fiction writer, prominent and recognized in their field, for appointment, as appropriate, as an associate/full professor or a professor of practice.
  • “The Department of English at Northern Arizona University invites job seekers for a full time, tenure-eligible position as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing-Fiction in the undergraduate and MFA programs in creative writing.”
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