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.

  • Canada-based Event is open for poetry submissions through February. Pays: $40/page plus copies.
  • Also open this month: Mud Season Review, although they note that they “may close the reading period early by genre if volume demands.” Payment: “We pay authors and featured artists $50 for work that appears in our issues. For artists whose images are paired with writing, and for poets whose work appears in The Take: Mud Season Review, we offer payment of $15.”
  • Applications are open through February 28 for the Oxbelly Writers Retreat, which, as summarized on its Facebook page, “brings together writers from around the world for a week of literary and creative exchange, held at Costa Navarino in historic Messinia, Greece. In its inaugural year, Oxbelly Writers Retreat will support 15 emerging fiction writers and poets committed to elevating their craft, strengthening their literary voice, and contributing to intercultural dialogues around storytelling. Fellows will engage in workshops and craft sessions led by faculty and guests who are themselves established and acclaimed writers and industry leaders, followed by unstructured time to write in the serene and transformative environment the Messinian scenic landscape offers. Faculty include Program Director Chigozie Obioma, Rebecca Makkai, and Kwame Dawes, with evening talks, lectures and readings from exceptional writers and industry guests. Oxbelly Writers Retreat will run concurrently with the inaugural Oxbelly Episodic Program and include cross-programming for both fellowships, allowing for an exciting cross-over between the literary and TV industries….The program has no cost to apply and all expenses for fellows are covered.” Open to international applicants.
  • Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry, is looking for experienced freelance book reviewers for both traditionally published and self-published works.” Pays: $25/review.
  • The Romance Writers Report (RWR) is open for pitches/submissions. Pays: “$0.25 per published word upon publication of the article in the magazine.” (Found this one via the excellent TWJN (The Writer’s Job Newsletter), a superb [and free!] weekly resource featuring lots of paying calls for essays/articles.)
  • Reminder, as we approach February’s midpoint, that plenty of opportunities originally shared in this month’s newsletter remain open for submissions and entries. And speaking of the newsletter: One of the opportunities listed there, Barrelhouse’s call for book-length nonfiction submissions, has been extended to February 19.
  • London-based Wasafiri “is seeking to recruit a dynamic new Digital Co-Ordinator to manage our online profile.” Pays: “£26,000 pro-rata on a 0.4 part-time contract.” Position is “flexible blended home and office-based working.” Note that “only candidates with permission to work in the UK are eligible.” Apply by February 20.
  • “The School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at Georgia Tech invites applications and nominations for the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne Chair in Poetry. The Bourne Chair is a senior tenure-line faculty member at the rank of advanced associate or full professor.” 
  • In Iowa, Waldorf University “seeks a term tenure-track, full-time Assistant Professor faculty member in English & Creative Writing to teach poetry writing, first-year composition courses, and generalist literature courses. We especially welcome candidates with the ability to teach contemporary American and British literature as well as one or more of the following areas: African American Literature, Latinx Literature, and Indigenous and Native Literature.”
  • In Ohio, the University of Findlay “invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in English (Creative Writing – Poetry) to begin in August 2023 in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.” 
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