Markets and Jobs for Writers

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Yikes. Somehow I hit “Publish” when I meant to press “Schedule.” So this post has gone live about 12 hours earlier than it should have. Apologies for the confusion.

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 is the final “Markets and Jobs” post for 2022! And later this week, the January 2022 issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 will go out to subscribers. (In fact, I think that it will go out a bit earlier than usual, Friday instead of Saturday, in order to avoid the double whammy of Shabbat [the Jewish Sabbath] and New Year’s Eve.) Meantime, do make sure you haven’t missed any of the opportunities listed in the December newsletter, or in recent “Markets and Jobs” posts.
  • In this Twitter thread, Smithsonian Senior Editor Ted Scheinman outlines three history-focused departments where he’s “particularly open to freelance ideas” for print-magazine pitches. Rates appear to be $2/word. Lots more info in the thread and in responses to questions (hat tip: Write at Home).
  • Thirty West Publishing is running “A Fresh Start” contest (the theme is “fresh starts”), welcoming poetry and micro-fiction through December 31. Prize: “We will select up to 5 finalists to read in a forthcoming online reading in January 2023. We will select the one and only winner at the end via a roulette wheel. The winner will receive all 4 books from our 2022 Catalog…a $100 honorarium, and be featured in the Work of the Week.
  • Also until December 31: BIPOC-identifying writers may enter Small Harbor Publishing’s Laureate Prize (for a full-length poetry manuscript) fee-free. The prize confers $500, publication, and 20 copies of their book. Judge: Huascar E. Medina.
  • 105 Meadowlark Reader, “a Kansas journal of creative nonfiction,” also seeks submissions until December 31. They’re looking for “true stories about Kansas written by Kansans, therefore you must be a Kansas resident or have lived in Kansas at some point in your life.” The current theme is “Animals”: “Personal essays are welcome, but we are also looking for interviews, journalistic pieces, and more. Do you know a veterinarian who deserves the spotlight? Is there an animal shelter leading the way whose operations deserve to be highlighted? There are so many true stories that need to be told.” Payment: “$10 per story and one contributor copy of the journal.”
  • “Western Colorado University invites applications for a full-time faculty position as Director of the Genre Fiction Concentration in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing. The position is a full-time, twelve-month position at the rank of lecturer….This position will teach two intensive (6-credit) classes per semester, administer the Genre Fiction concentration, supervise Genre Fiction faculty, and participate in overall program management and assessment, along with commitments to campus service and continued professional development, all of which can be performed remotely. Summer teaching duties and in-person attendance at the annual residency in late July/early August are required as well and are compensated with an additional stipend commensurate with the duties.” 
  • The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is advertising for an Assistant Professor of English, who “will have a teaching load of twelve (12) credits per semester. Courses will be assigned ranging from Introduction to Creative Writing, Advanced Creative Writing (Poetry), Contemporary Poetry, and Composition depending on departmental needs. The usual course assignment distribution will be six (6) credits composition and six (6) credits in area of specialization.”
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