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.

  • Somehow, I am going to get the March issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 out to subscribers on schedule (that means: tomorrow). But until then: one last reminder to make sure you haven’t missed anything that was shared in the February issue or recent Markets and Jobs posts right here.
  • If you aren’t already subscribing to the Chill Subs newsletter, you should be! The latest one included reminders of a number of no-fee and paying opportunities that will close tomorrow (February 28), and I found several that I don’t think I’d known about (examples: Pyre and Tower).
  • Also closing tomorrow (11:59pm Central time): a call from Poetry magazine for “several independent contractors to assist the editorial staff in reading and evaluating submissions, which include poetry, visual poetry, translations, video poems, and special calls. Readers will draw upon their poetry expertise to recommend submissions to the editorial team. Interested parties who meet the Illinois definition of Independent Contractor status from in or outside the US are welcome to respond to this posting citing relevant current or past experience. We are excited to work with readers who share our commitment and enthusiasm for sharing a wide variety of poetry.” Compensation: $35/hour. Note: “Anticipated contract start date: May 1, 2023. Contract will be for eight months, with possible extensions.”
  • Wisconsin residents (and students): You have until March 3 to enter the Lakefly Writers Conference Writing Contests. Check the site for details about categories and cash prizes.
  • Applications are open until March 13 for the Emerging Writer Fellowship at Boston’s GrubStreet, which “aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing three writers per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes and two Muse & the Marketplace summits. Over the course of one year, each Emerging Writer Fellow will attend a combination of seminars and multi-week courses of their choosing, along with a wide selection of Muse & The Marketplace programming, in order to enhance their understanding of craft and the publishing industry.” Note: “We hope that this year’s fellows will be able to join us in-person for classes and events. Priority will be given to applicants who will be able to join us in Boston.”
  • Open positions at the National Book Foundation include jobs for an Administrative Assistant ($47,500-$49,000) and a Development Manager ($60,000-$72,000). Both are full-time positions based in New York City that operate on a hybrid in-office/remote schedule.
  • BookPage, “a monthly book recommendation guide based in Nashville,” is hiring a full-time children’s and YA editor. “This is a hybrid role, with two days per week remote and three days per week working from our office in Hillsboro Village.” Salary: “in the mid to high $40s, plus potential for annual bonuses and profit-sharing.” 
  • In Arkansas, “Hendrix College invites applications for a Murphy Fellow in Literature and Language, to begin in August 2023 for a three-year term position. The College seeks to extend its tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship by attracting faculty who combine mastery of their disciplines with broad intellectual interests and commitment to the aims of a liberal arts college. The Foundation seeks applications from post-doctoral and post-M.F.A. scholars whose teaching and writing focus on creative nonfiction and literary studies (open field). Experience teaching introductory writing courses is also desirable. The Fellow will have the opportunity to teach an Oxford-style tutorial course in creative writing or literature; appropriate training in that pedagogy will be provided by the college.”
  • The University of New Hampshire is advertising for the Nossrat Yassini Poet in Residence, who “will teach courses in the MFA program and contribute to the culture of poetry in the English Department.” Applicants “should be established poets with multiple book publications.” 
  • “The University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing invites applications for a one-year, nine-month, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry + Secondary Genre), beginning August 16, 2023. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in Creative Writing, publications in national literary magazines, experience teaching at the university level, and a commitment to supporting the university’s initiatives in diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity. This position requires teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, pursuing creative work, and programmatic service with a reliable campus presence.”
  • Ohio Wesleyan University is also advertising a visiting assistant professorship, for “a creative writer (poetry, with a secondary interest in fiction) with additional expertise in American literature (any specialty) for a 1-year term position beginning in mid-August, 2023. This is a full-time position with a 6-course annual teaching load: 2-3 in creative writing, 2-3 in American literature (depending on candidate’s expertise) and 1 in first-year composition.”
  • In South Carolina, “the Department of English at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction Writing specializing in creative writing with a primary focus in fiction and a secondary specialty in creative nonfiction.”
  • In Illinois, “the Department of English at Knox College invites applications for one-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, beginning September 1, 2023. Primary teaching responsibilities will focus on creative writing with the ability to shift between playwriting and fiction. Applicants should be able to provide a significant record of publishing in at least one genre, with preference for those with strong secondary interest/experience in writing for new media or filmmaking.”
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