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.

  • It’s the last day of the month—and you know what that means! The new (August) issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 will go out to subscribers today (so if you haven’t yet subscribed, there’s truly no time like the present). And remember: today and tomorrow are also popular deadline dates for many opportunities that were presented in the July issue and in other, recent “Monday Markets and Jobs” posts.
  • Today is also the deadline for current-window submissions at Propel Magazine, which “accepts submissions from poets based in the UK or Ireland who have yet to publish their first full-length poetry collection.” Payment: “We offer an honorarium of £20 to each contributor.” (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • Today is also the deadline for poetry-manuscript submissions (U.S. residents only) at River River Books. Per the contract that they’ve posted on their site, the press offers each author “an advance against future royalties in the amount of $250” and “royalties at a rate of 10 percent of net sales on physical books sold by the press once the book has sold 250 copies.”
  • Attention, Oregonians! The deadline to apply for Oregon Literary Fellowships ($3,500 or $10,000, as explained on the site), which “are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature,” is August 5.
  • From southwest-Washington-based Artstra: “Once again it’s time for a new group of poems to appear on C-Tran buses for the coming year. Poets of all ages living in the Vancouver-Portland region served by C-Tran are invited to submit up to two poems no longer than seven lines each by end of day, August 15. Nine poems will be selected by our esteemed Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True, who will generously provide a tenth poem of her own for Season 13 of Poetry Moves. All poets selected will receive a $100 honorarium.”
  • Words Without Borders “seeks a books editor to engage a global audience through timely reviews of new books in translation.” This remote position offers “a monthly honorarium of $500 and requires a commitment of approximately 20 hours/month. Availability during the US East Coast workday is nonnegotiable.” Apply by August 31.
  • In New York, “Oprah Daily seeks a passionate book nerd to join our renowned Books department as a full-time Associate Books Editor! This person will support the Books Director, Print & Digital, as a reader and a scout, helping to evaluate and manage incoming submissions as well as outreach from publishers, writers, and agents. The Associate Books Editor will also contribute book reviews and write book news stories, as well as maintain the department’s editorial calendar and build stories for the website.” Compensation: “The base salary for this role is $65,000. The actual base pay offered is dependent upon many factors, such as transferable skills, work experience, business needs, and market demands.”
  • In Philadelphia, the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania is advertising for a Digital Projects Coordinator, who “will assist with all of the interrelated digital projects at the Kelly Writers House, including editorial support for multiple digital literary projects; AV production, editing, presentation, and archiving; support for online courses and reading groups; and digital asset collection development and maintenance. The Digital Projects Coordinator will work collaboratively on several major KWH digital projects, including ModPo (a massive open online course), Jacket2 (an online magazine), and PennSound, and will also support the in-person technical and AV work of the Kelly Writers House, assisting with web sites, databases, and recordings produced by and for the KWH, including in the main events space and in the Wexler Studio.” Pay range: “$37,220.00 – $51,000.00 Annual Rate.”
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