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.

  • There’s one more day to send work for the team at Olney magazine to consider. They’re looking for “poetry, prose/hybrid, short Fiction, essays/cnf, & art/illustrations” and pay $15/accepted piece.
  • As mentioned on Twitter, Lean & Loafe, “a poetry journal that prioritises humanist writing and ecopoetics,” is open for free submissions until March 19. Pays: “£20 for every published piece” via Paypal. [UPDATE: The tweet I originally linked to, with info on the fee-free window, appears to have been deleted.]
  • Also as noted on Twitter, Fare Forward, “a Christian review of ideas,” is accepting pitches an issue themed “On Waiting Well” until March 27. “We welcome philosophical and theological reflections on waiting, personal stories from the patient and impatient alike, and creative interpretations of the theme.” Pays: “We are looking for essays of around 2,000 words (give or take) and will pay $200 for accepted pieces.”
  • The deadline for submissions for an upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul volume on “Angels” has been extended to March 30. Pays: $250 and 10 copies.
  • Masks Literary Magazine welcomes “all forms of prose, poetry, art, and photography.” They’re open until March 31 (but warn that they may close early if they reach a cap). Pays: “Fiction and nonfiction writers will receive a $25 honorarium per piece, and poets will receive $20 per poem. Artists and photographers receive $30.00 per piece (no more than two).” (Hat tip: AuthorsPublish.)
  • Focusing on Oregon’s Climate Forests, the Spring Creek Project and Oregon Wild invite applications for the 2023 Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency. “We’re seeking writers who can provide novel perspectives or reach new audiences—writers interested in telling stories that can change minds, hearts, and policy. We invite writers to help readers across the country and around the world imagine the importance of these forests in climate stabilization. During the Environmental Writing Fellowship (May 2023 to May 2024), the selected writer will be supported in creating a portfolio of work about the critical relationship between climate change and Oregon’s forests. A “portfolio” may be defined broadly, and may include several pieces of the same genre, several pieces across genres, a body of research with one long-form piece of writing, etc.” Award package includes a $3,000 stipend and 2-4 weeks residency (“this time could be split into multiple blocks, and family members are welcome”). Apply by April 1.
  • Opening March 16, with a deadline of April 10: applications for Artist Residencies of 1-3 weeks at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. A partnership between the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Sisters of Loretto/Loretto Community, this opportunity is for “feminist artists who are residents of Kentucky who have demonstrated achievement in creating work high in artistic merit and based on social justice issues/concerns.” Housing will be provided. “The Loretto Motherhouse has a cafeteria where artists can make arrangements for a meal plan if they choose. KFW will provide a food stipend of $15/day, to be paid directly to the artist, to offset the cost of food during the residency. Artists will be responsible for the remainder of their food costs, whether taking the meal plan or providing their own food.”
  • In Philadelphia, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, is seeking a ModPo Content Manager who “will prepare unpublished content for publication and distribution on ModPo, the Writers House’s massive open online course. The ModPo Content Manager will work in various front-facing systems including Coursera, YouTube, and WordPress.” Compensation: $22/hr, for an anticipated 8-12 hours/week. “We anticipate that services as a temporary worker will be needed beginning 3/13/2023 and ending 12/31/2023. This date, however, is subject to change.”
  • In Baltimore, the American Prison Writing Archive is hiring a Program Assistant. This full-time position is advertising a starting salary range of $16.75 – $23.00/hr.
  • In Ohio, “Kenyon College invites applications for the Mellon Science and Nature Writing Fellowship. This two-year residential fellowship offers a qualified individual time to develop as a writer and teacher. The fellow will also contribute to the evolution of the emerging, interdisciplinary Science and Nature Writing initiative at Kenyon. Fellows are expected to: undertake a significant writing project, contribute to the Science and Nature Writing steering committee, teach one class per semester, and help plan and conduct workshops, events, and activities. The fellowship provides an annual stipend, plus health benefits. Applicants are expected to have prior teaching experience and must have completed an MFA, Masters in Science Writing, PhD, or other relevant graduate degree.”
  • Colorado State University Pueblo is advertising a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. “Teaching assignments are based on department needs and candidate’s area of expertise and may include courses such as first-year writing, Introduction to Creative Writing, Intermediate Creative Writing workshops in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction, Advanced Creative Writing Workshop, Magazine Editing and Production, and other literature courses in the English program.”
  • In Ohio, the Department of English at Kent State University “invites applications for the position of Non-Tenure Track Assistant Lecturer/Assistant Professor with a specialization in Creative Writing and Fiction to begin August 2023.”
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2 thoughts on “Markets and Jobs for Writers

  1. Simone Kadden says:

    Your updates are invaluable. Thank you so much for compiling this very useful information. It’s much appreciated. You enable me to put valuable time into writing, instead of searching for leads.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Very kind of you, Simone. (I’m laughing a bit–ruefully–because I *should* be writing more myself!)

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