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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  • BIPOC poets (who have not yet published a full-length collection) may enter the Rising Poet Prize fee-free until February 22. “The winning poet will be awarded $3000, publication, and a brief interview in Palette Poetry. Second and third place will receive $300 & $200, respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will be selected by Palette editors, and Guest Judge Maggie Smith will then select the winner and two runners-up from among the ten finalists.”
  • As announced on Twitter: Aôthen Magazine, “dedicated to Classics content,” is open for submissions until February 24. “The theme is: Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.” Pays: $10.
  • A note from New Orleans Review: “In celebration of Black History Month, there are no submission fees for Black writers for the month of February.” Pays: $300 for prose and $100 for poetry.
  • Also through February: Yellow Arrow Journal is “open for the spring 2023 (Vol. VIII, No. 1) issue: KINDLING.” They welcome submissions of “creative nonfiction and poetry by authors identifying as women.” Payment: “If selected, you will receive $10.00USD and a PDF of the journal issue. Note that payments are through PayPal; while we try to accommodate those that do not have a PayPal account, this is not always possible, especially for people outside of the U.S. Thank you for understanding.”
  • Open for applications until February 27: “Ox-Bow’s fully-funded Summer Artist-in-Residence Program offers 12 artists the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice for three weeks on campus. The Summer Residencies are held while our core classes and community programs are in session. During this time, a small group of residents have access to Ox-Bow’s artist community of students, faculty, and visiting artists. Our Summer Residencies are open to artists at any level. Currently enrolled students, MFA candidates, arts faculty, emerging, or established artists are encouraged to apply.” (Hat tip: Poetry Bulletin.)
  • “For the first time ever, five full scholarships to the 2023 Washington Writers Conference…will be awarded to writers from BIPOC communities! Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to attend in person on May 12-13 in Rockville, MD. Scholarship recipients will have access to all activities, including panels, lunch, the keynote address (by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the bestselling author of Take My Hand), and agent pitch sessions (if desired).” Apply by February 28. (Hat tip: @TommyDean.)
  • “The annual NC State Poetry Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents (including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities). It remains one of the largest free-to-enter poetry contests in the South. This year’s guest judge is award-winning poet Khalisa Rae and features The Dorianne Laux Prize for Poetry of $500.” Deadline is March 1. (NB: Must send by postal mail.)
  • As posted on Twitter: The Oxford American “seeks a short-term assistant editor to join our team from March through August 2023. The assistant editor will contribute to all aspects of the magazine’s publication, from soliciting stories to editing print & web pieces.” Remote work seems to be a possibility.
  • Adi Magazine is advertising for a part-time (remote) social media and outreach manager. “This is a part-time role of on average 7-10 hours per week, paid an hourly rate of $30 USD.” 
  • “Stetson University invites applications for the position of Interim Director of the MFA of the Americas Program, the low-residency graduate program in creative writing in the College of the Arts and Sciences, for 2023-24. The position is a one-year, twelve-month appointment, to coincide with the MFA academic calendar and residencies, which occur in December and June.”
  • “The English/Writing program at Eastern Oregon University (EOU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in English/Writing, focusing in particular on creative writing.”
  • In Texas, “the Department of English and Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, specializing in Creative Writing/Fiction, to begin in August 2023. We are particularly interested in those candidates with a secondary background in interactive storytelling, graphic narrative, podcast fiction, and online literary magazines, and whose work substantially addresses BIPOC, Latinx, or border studies.”
  • In Rhode Island, the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University invites applications for a Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice in fiction for Fall 2023-Spring 2025. The Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice positions are two year, non-renewable visiting professorships with full benefits. Candidates should preferably have an MFA or equivalent, a strong publication record in fiction, and demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching fiction at the undergraduate level. We also seek candidates with additional expertise in areas such as hybrid genre, nonfiction, international literature, translation, literary theory, film/video, and/or digital arts.” (There is also a call for a Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice in poetry.)
  • In New York, “the Literature and Creative Writing Department at Hamilton College invites applications for a two-year visiting position, with the possibility of a two-year  reappointment, at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2023. We seek candidates to teach fiction writing, including a mixed-genre (poetry & fiction) introductory workshop, intermediate and advanced fiction workshops, and literature courses. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in Indigenous  literature, Latinx literature, or African American literature, as well as secondary  expertise in YA literature, fantasy, and/or science fiction.”
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