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.

  • From Parks & Points: “In April, we will host an online poetry series in honor of National Poetry Month. We invite poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection.” Pays: “We will offer an honorarium of $15 per poem.” Deadline: March 31.
  • Propel Magazine, which “accepts submissions from poets based in the UK or Ireland who have yet to publish their first full-length poetry collection,” is open for poetry submissions until March 31. Pays: “We offer an honorarium of £20 to each contributor.” (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • Banshee, which “welcomes submissions from both Irish and international writers of any background, including first-time writers,” is open for submissions until March 31. Pays: “€250 for a story/essay; €75 for flash fiction; €50 per poem.” (Hat tip: Jeanne Lyet Gassman.) 
  • From the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (on Twitter): “We’re thrilled to partner with @plympton and @ThirdStateBooks for PAGES IN PROGRESS, our first annual AAPI fiction contest, open to ALL GENRES. Send your nearly completed draft and let us help you get your book over the finish line! Submit by 3/31.” There will be three winners; prize packages include, among other items, one-month residencies at Writing Downtown in Las Vegas, Nevada. Guidelines on Submittable.
  • The Buffalo, New York-based Martin House Creative Residency Program “is a newly established project-based residency that provides creative individuals a designated time and space to develop new works of the imagination inspired by one of the great examples of 20th century architecture.” Note: “Residents will receive a stipend of $5,000. 50% of the stipend will be provided upon arrival to Buffalo; the other 50% will be offered upon completion of the project. Travel expenses of up to $1,000 will also be provided to residents who are from outside the Buffalo-Niagara region. Individuals selected to participate will room on campus at the Barton House as part of their residency.” Deadline: March 31. (Hat tip: Hannah Bae.)
  • Reminder: We’re now more than halfway through March, but there are still plenty of opportunities listed in the March issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 that remain open for submissions.
  • In New York, People magazine is hiring a Books Assistant. Pay range: “Hourly: $$24.61 – $$31.99.”
  • The Vermont Studio Center is looking for a Director of Marketing and Communications. “The range of compensation for this position is $70 – $75K, as well as comprehensive employee benefits that include health, vision, and dental insurance; a 401K plan; and studio space on campus.”
  • “Alice James Books seeks an hourly Events & Engagement Specialist for approximately 15-18 hours per week. The Events & Engagement Specialist works closely with authors and the AJB team to coordinate and amplify author activity. The Specialist is dedicated to engaging authors and the press with audiences in relation to events, thereby aiding and enhancing the visibility of books, authors, and AJB. The Specialist arranges readings for frontlist authors in addition to overseeing 2-3 press events per year.” Note: “There is flexibility with regards to location. In-person, hybrid, or remote work is possible. For remote work, candidate must be available during select core business hours EST.” Compensation: “This is an hourly position with a range of $20-24/hr, commensurate with experience.”
  • In Ohio, “the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time position in the College of Arts and Sciences in the field of Poetry. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of one year, with the possibility of renewal for two more years. The position begins in the Fall semester of 2023, and carries the rank of Lecturer.”
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