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.

  • Subscribers to our free monthly newsletter are already digging in to the 70+ listings for fee-free and paying competitions and calls for submissions that are featured in the May issue, which went out yesterday. (If you’re already a subscriber, please check your email.) The issue is also available online. (The issue also includes two [very] quick polls that I’d love for you to take, if you can spare a moment.)
  • Also featured in that issue: a note to let you know that I’ve recently updated this list of residency opportunities that charge neither for applications nor for attendance.
  • Graywolf Press is open for applications for its 2023-2024 Citizen Literary Fellowship until May 21. “This is a part-time (24 hours per week), non-exempt ten-month position. Compensation includes $25,000 (paid twice monthly as regular wages), paid time off, and health and dental insurance. Strong preference will be granted to applicants able to work within commuting distance of our Minneapolis office. Though we remain open to the possibility of a remote fellowship under special circumstances, an in-person presence offers significant benefits to both the fellow and their colleagues. Remote applicants must be based in New York or California, the states in which we already operate.”   
  • At the Brooklyn-based Center for Fiction, they’re advertising for multiple positions: an Executive Director (with a salary range salary range that “starts at $225,000”); a part-time membership desk/administrative assistant (“$20/hour”); and part-time baristas and bartenders (“$15+ [based on experience] an hour, plus tips)”.
  • The New York Times is hiring full-time Movie Critic. “The annual base pay range for this role is between $115,506.56 and $150,000.00.” (Hat tip: MEOjobs.)
  • Remote position: “The Global Investigative Journalism Network, a dynamic nonprofit, is looking for a Social Media and Engagement Editor to aggregate and distribute investigative tips, tools, and resources over its outreach platforms. Duties include aggregating, writing, and posting daily on the organization’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts, assisting in the copy and production of English newsletters, and expanding the online reach of GIJN to journalism and related communities. The position is for four months from July to October 2023, with possibility of extension. This is a full-time position.” Compensation: “USD $4,000 to $5,000 per month, depending on experience and location.”
  • “Authors Publish is seeking a creative nonfiction instructor to teach courses for The Writers’ Workshop at Authors Publish.” Compensation: “The position is a contract position. You will create a course, and you will retain rights to it. We will find students for the course, provide the platform (Thinkific), and do our best to fill the course.  Instructors can expect to earn around $248 per student, or 50% of the total revenue. With 22 students, that works out to $5,467.” Application deadline is listed as May 2, so act quickly if interested. (Hat tip: Write at Home.)
  • In Washington, “the English Department at the George Washington University invites applications for two Mellon Foundation funded postdoctoral/post-MFA research faculty fellowships committed to disability justice. These appointments will run for two academic years, beginning in September 2023 and lasting until May 2025. Fellows will receive a two-year appointment with a nine-month academic year salary.”
  • The University of New Hampshire is advertising for a Visiting Assistant Professor. Serving as the director for the Nossrat Yassini Poetry Festival, this person “will be in charge of all organizational, marketing, and administrative elements of the festival, scheduled for April 2024. They will oversee prizes and competitions, scheduling, budgets, volunteers, school outreach, community outreach, and advertising. They will undertake grant writing to fund festival programs. The Director will also teach 4 courses in the English Department: at least 2 ENGL401 First Year Writing and at least 1 Creative Writing.”
  • In Pennsylvania, “the English Department of Lafayette College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor specializing in creative writing for the 2023-2024 academic year. Requirements are an MFA or equivalent credentials in creative writing, as well as experience in teaching creative writing at the undergraduate level. A successful candidate will be able to offer intermediate and/or advanced courses in poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as a multigenre introductory course in creative writing, contributing in these ways to the department’s commitments to anti-racist, anti-homophobic pedagogies. Teaching load is 3/3, in addition to supervising independent studies and senior theses in creative writing. No department or college service is expected for this role.” Apply by May 8.
  • “The English Department at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a one-year term Assistant Professor position in Fiction and/or Creative Nonfiction at 0.80 FTE, contingent upon funding approval. The position will begin August 2023. Candidates whose work investigates our changing American identity by centering the lives of Black, Latino/a, Asian, immigrant, LGBTQ+, and/or indigenous people and their communities are especially encouraged to apply.”
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