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.

  • Yes, we’re now in July’s second half, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still find plenty of opportunities that remain open for submissions in our July newsletter. Give it a glance, if you haven’t already.
  • Reminder: As I’ve shared recently on social media (and updated within the July newsletter), Electric Literature‘s “The Commuter” re-opens for submissions in all categories today. Deadline: July 23, midnight PST or when their caps (375 submissions per category) are reached. They welcome short prose, poetry, and graphic narratives. Compensation: “If your work is selected, we offer a total payment of $100.”
  • Words Without Borders “seeks a poetry editor to expand access to the world’s poetry in English translation while raising WWB’s visibility as a leading publisher of international poetry.” Note: “This is a freelance, 10-hour-per-week, remote position requiring availability during the east coast workday. Salary is $25 per hour. Start date is September 1, 2023.” Deadline: July 21.
  • “The Cabin, the Boise Public Library, and the Boise City Department of Arts & History invites emerging and mid-career writers to apply for a six-month residency in Boise, Idaho. The Boise City Writer-In-Residence is a six-month program designed to connect local writers to the community of Boise through literary public programming events hosted once a month. The selected Residents will be responsible for developing and facilitating a series of public programs and will receive a $5,000.00 stipend to support their creative work and their time to develop these programs. These public programs may take the form of themed or open writing workshops, reading series, writing explorations, or other literary experiences.” This opportunity “open to emerging and mid-career writers of any form/medium”; applicants must be “legally able to work in the United States.” NB: Per comments on this post: This opportunity does not provide housing; “residents do not need to be local to the Boise area but the writer will need to be physically present once a month for programming for the duration of the residency.” Application deadline: July 22. (Hat tip: The Authors’ Guild.)
  • At Australia-based Westerly, “creative submissions for Issue 68.2 are now open until 31 July.” Pay rates are detailed on the guidelines page; note that the journal “will offer any authors selected for publication who are not subscribers the option to take out a discounted year’s subscription as part-payment for their work.”
  • Short Story, Long, a new Substack publication from Aaron Burch, is open for short-story submissions until July 31. “Every published story will be paired with original art, and I am paying both writer and artist $100.”
  • The Rumpus “is seeking a skilled writer, editor, avid reader, and committed literary community member for our Editor-in-Chief position….Estimated 15-20 hours/week. $1,500 monthly stipend. Flexibility around time off as-needed. This is a remote, non-employee/contract position.” Apply by August 4.
  • Writers’ League of Texas is advertising for a Program Director. “The annual salary for this position is $45,000. This is a full-time position with benefits, including health, vision, & dental and a Simple IRA with employer contribution. This position is based in Austin, Texas.” Apply by August 4.
  • Post Road Magazine, “a biannual literary journal produced at Boston College,” seeks a freelance copyeditor. “Applicants should have experience editing literary journals or comparable publications. This position is remote and part-time, and compensation is negotiable.” No deadline indicated.
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