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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- Anthology call: Good Printed Things, “a small batch publisher,” seeks poetry, essays, and short stories “to be included in a compilation book of written works around the theme of Ritual.” Compensation: “All contributors whose written work is accepted for publication will be paid with · one print copy of the book · $50.” Deadline: November 30.
- Also until November 30: BIPOC writers may enter Sundress Publications’ annual poetry broadside contest fee-free. “The winner’s poem will be letterpress-printed as an 8.5” x 11” broadside complete with custom art and made available for sale on our online store. The winner will receive $200 and 20 copies of their broadside.” Deadline: Judge: Kanika Lawton.
- Noted on Twitter: Hub City Press, which seeks “new and extraordinary voices from the American South,” will open a special Thanksgiving Weekend submission window for short-story collections from Wednesday, November 23, to Sunday, November 27. Check their Submittable page at the appropriate time for submission info.
- Contest alert! “Writers are invited to submit their poems for a new anthology inspired by the writings of Søren Kierkegaard. Submission for the contest is free and the deadline is December 1, 2022. One poem of no more than 50 lines may be submitted per participant. All poems should be previously unpublished. The contest is co-sponsored by Wiseblood Books and Dappled Things. All winners will receive book publication in Homage to Søren Kierkegaard: An Anthology in Honor of Rev. Ronald F. Marshall. The five winners will receive cash prizes.” Deadline: December 1. Judges: Dana Gioia and Mary Grace Mangano. (Hat tip: WinningWriters.com.)
- December 1 is also the deadline for applications for short-term fellowships at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. “Short-term fellowships are open to postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets) who work in residence at the Center for a continuous period of one to three months. Short-term fellows receive a stipend of $3000 per month.” (Hat tip: Galleyway.)
- “The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking applicants for a two-year fellowship in creative writing running from September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2025 in a ‘creative think tank’ for African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics, housed in a lively English/ creative writing program. Salary of $48,000 plus benefits.”
- In New York, “the Fordham University English department invites applications for a Writer in Residence with a specialization in genre writing. We are interested in applicants with expertise in any of these fields: graphic novels, fantasy, speculative fiction, or young adult fiction. This is a two year appointment with the expectation, upon review, of an additional three year renewal. Required: MFA or PhD and teaching experience at the college level. The successful candidate can expect to offer 2/2 teaching load of undergraduate workshops at our Bronx Rose Hill campus and to lead tutorials; to administer university creative writing prizes; to edit a campus literary publication; and to participate actively in the administration of Fordham’s growing creative writing program.” NB: The same institution is also advertising a similar position for a creative nonfiction specialist. Salary range for both positions: “$60,000-$63,000/year with benefits included.”
- In Los Angeles, “the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) seeks a Communications Specialist to coordinate the writing, artwork, and production of the WGAW’s campaign materials, including its forthcoming digital publication.” Compensation: “will be commensurate with experience, starting at $80,400.”
- In Massachusetts, Urban Media Arts (UMA) seeks “a part-time hourly freelance editor of Neighborhood View, the Citizen Journalism program at UMA.” For this position (10-15 hours per week), the compensation is “$22-$25 hourly, depending on experience.”
- “The School of Writing at The New School in New York City invites applicants for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Writing beginning on July 1, 2023….We seek an outstanding writer, scholar, and practitioner, who has published to critical acclaim at least two books of literature (three is preferred), including one book of poetry and one book of nonfiction, or the equivalent. The successful candidate will write and lead across genres and mediums, and be qualified to teach graduate and undergraduate workshops in poetry, as well as nonfiction or memoir.”
- In Ohio, “the English Department of Bowling Green State University seeks a fiction writer to serve as the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer. The successful candidate will be on faculty spring 2024; teach one workshop in our BFA program and one workshop in our MFA program; give a public reading and a lecture; and advise theses.”
- In Texas, Austin Community College is advertising for faculty, creative writing. “This position will serve as the Department Chair for Creative Writing and as a Faculty member. This Department Chair role will be evaluated and renewed after 3 years as Department Chair and/or as solely a Creative Writing Faculty member.”
- “The School of Arts, Sciences, and Education’s English Program at Southern New Hampshire University is seeking an Adjunct Instructor in Fiction for our Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts program in Fiction and Nonfiction. This teaching opportunity is expected to begin Spring, 2023. Some courses will be taught remotely. Some will be taught in person at weeklong Residencies at the Mountain View Grand Hotel near the White Mountains of New Hampshire, or on campus in Manchester, New Hampshire.”