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.)

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  • Open until December 31: The Tartts Fiction Award. “Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 60 copies of the book.” American citizens only. “Author must not have [a] book of short fiction published at time of entry, though novels are okay. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection.”
  • Open for applications until January 3: The Steinbeck Fellowship. This program “offers writers of any age and background a $15,000 fellowship to finish a significant writing project. Named in honor of author John Steinbeck, the program is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism. Fellowships are currently offered in Creative Writing (excluding poetry) and Steinbeck Studies. Fellows may be appointed in many fields, including literary scholarship, fiction, drama, education, science and the media.” Note: “The creative writing fellowship does not require that there be any direct connection between your work and Steinbeck’s.” Also: “Residency in the San Francisco Bay Area is required during the academic year (approximately September – May).”
  • The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts has opened its application window for 2023 residencies. “Saltonstall offers free residencies to artists and writers who are current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. Our residencies are designed for those looking for a quiet, supportive environment in which to focus on their craft….Each residency session includes the same combination of five artists and writers: one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, one photographer or filmmaker, and two visual artists. These residencies are designed for individual artists and writers; we cannot accommodate collaborations or partners working together. All residencies (incl. the six-night residency for artist/writer parents, the two-week, and four-week) function exactly the same way. Each group of five arrives and leaves together, and the application process for all residencies is also exactly the same.” Deadline: January 15.
  • Words Without Borders, “the home for international literature,” is advertising multiple (remote) positions.
  • The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is hiring a Managing Editor, “an editorial leader who manages
    the day-to-day production and operations of the Workshop’s award-winning digital literary
    magazine, The Margins.” The salary for this position is “$57,000-$62,000/year commensurate
    with experience.” The AAWW is also hiring a Director of Programs and Partnerships, at the same salary range.  NB: “Candidates must be currently based in or willing to relocate to the greater New York City area upon the resuming of in-person operations.”
  • “The Bay Area Book Festival (BABF), one of the nation’s premier literary festivals, seeks a full-time, year-round Program Manager to help present the ninth annual festival (on May 6–7, 2023) as well as literary programs year-round.” Bay Area residence required.
  • “The Creative Writing program at University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, PA seeks applicants for immediate placement as part-time faculty for Short Story (Multiple Levels) for the Spring 2023 semester. Classes will be taught in-person.”
  • “The Department of English at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Creative Writing, with a specialization in narrative, at the rank of Assistant Professor.”
  • “The Department of English at Ohio University invites applications for a Visiting Professor of English in Creative Writing. We seek an inclusive teacher and accomplished writer specializing in fiction writing or fiction along with another creative writing genre. This is a full-time, nine-month, benefited position, with potential for renewal up to three years depending on department need and demonstrated effectiveness.”
  • In Indiana, “the Creative Writing Program in the English Department at Purdue University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing-Poetry. This is a one year full-time, Academic Year (9 month) position beginning in August 2023 and ending in May 2024. This position is designed to provide strong mentoring to the one remaining cohort of MFA-Creative Writing graduate students during their final school-year (Fall 2023-Spring 2024) and to teach undergraduate courses, as outlined below under Duties.”
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