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.

  • We’re just about at November’s midpoint. Be sure that you’ve perused all of the fee-free and paying opportunities in this month’s newsletter. Many of those opportunities remain open!
  • Applications for Cave Canem Fellowships remain open until November 28. “Since 1996, Cave Canem has awarded Fellowships to more than 500 Black poets. Cave Canem Fellows are among the most distinguished poets in the field, not only as recipients of the highest literary honors and critical acclaim but also for their service in communities across the country. Each year a cohort of 10–20 new Fellows is selected based solely on the quality of their poems. Cohorts encompass a range of different aesthetics and poetic practices (the spoken word tradition, formalism, multimedia performance, text-based composition, etc.), to ensure an equity of voices in our gathering—all united by a common purpose to improve craft and find productive space. Fellows receive an unparalleled opportunity to study with a world-class faculty and join a community of peers at the Retreat, a week-long series of intensive poetry workshops, thought-provoking presentations, both public & private readings, and creative discourse. Due to our generous community of institutional funders and individual donors, there is no submission fee for the Fellowship application and the Cave Canem Retreat is free to all Fellows.” (Hat tip: @TerryLKennedy.)
  • Stanchion is currently open for prose (short stories, flash fiction, essays, prose poems, hybrid) and poetry chapbook submissions.” Compensation: “Stanchion authors will receive a lump sum payment of $200 for the initial press run of 100 copies of their book, paid upon publication via PayPal. For each additional press run of 100 copies, the author will receive additional payments, escalating in $50 increments. For example, the 2nd printing nets the author $250, the 3rd $300, and so on, capping at $400. This is in lieu of royalties (which are an administrative nightmare). Authors receive 15 free copies of their book for every press run of 100.” Deadline: November 30.
  • The Made in L.A. indie author co-op, “a Los Angeles-based group of writers dedicated to the support and appreciation of independent authors,” is open for submissions “for our fifth volume of short stories. We seek stories that evoke nuanced feelings and leave a lasting impression. We want to meet vibrant characters, hear their distinct voices, and—as always—see the action unfold in a strong Los Angeles setting.” Reprints welcome. Pays: “Authors whose works are accepted will receive $0.01 per word of the published story, one free print copy, and the option to purchase unlimited copies at cost (print + shipping). In addition, authors will be invited to participate in Made in L.A. Writers-organized events, such as readings, book fairs, and publicity campaigns.” Deadline: November 30. 
  • “Thanks to the generous support of the 12 x 12 community, the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge offers scholarships to qualified picture book writers to cover membership tuition.” A minimum of four scholarships (“2 financial need, 2 diversity”) will be provided (more if funding goals are reached). Deadline: November 30.
  • “Pitchfork seeks an Editorial Fellow to join their team for a period of six months. This is a temporary position that works best suited to someone with some background in journalism and a deep love of music who is interested in learning the ropes of working at a digital publication. You will be given the opportunity to work with our editors on your own writing.” Compensation: $25/hr. Note: “Ability to work out of our New York City office is not required but a benefit of the role.” (Hat tip: MEOjobs.)
  • The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) has posted a remote, half-time position for a Regional Editor Ukraine. “Candidates based in or near European time zones are strongly preferred.” Compensation: “US $800 – $1,000 per month depending on experience.” Apply by November 21. 
  • “The Writing Program in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Advanced Assistant Professor in African American and/or African diasporic poetry to begin in the fall semester of 2023, pending budgetary approval.”
  • “Central Connecticut State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of English to serve as the department’s specialist in poetry and expository writing.” 
  • Virginia Wesleyan University “invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of English, with expertise in Digital and Professional Writing.”
  • Montana State University is advertising a “tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of English” which “includes responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in creative writing, literature, other English majors classes, and general education courses, especially freshman composition.” Required qualifications include “academic background and teaching experience in creative writing, especially fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or screenwriting/playwriting.”
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