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.

  • “The next 24-hour Stanchion magazine submission window is scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2023. Stanchion pays $15 + each contributor receives one complimentary copy of their issue.”
  • Open until December 3: the Washington Writers’ Publishing House WWPH Writes the Holidays Contests in Prose and Poetry. Final judge: Kim Roberts. Prompt: “Think of holiday food traditions, experimental baking, or your favorite fare, and the impact/drama of holiday food. Delight us!” Cash prizes and other details explained on their Submittable page.
  • Blair has recently opened a window for fee-free submissions for its Bakwin Award for Full-Length Prose. This opportunity will remain open until January 15, 2024, “or until we reach our cap of 300 submissions.” Tiya Miles will be the final judge. “This award is for an unpublished full-length literary prose work of fiction or nonfiction, prioritizing manuscripts by authors that fit Blair’s mission of publishing new and historically neglected voices.” Prize includes publication “and a $1,000 advance against royalties.”
  • In Ohio, “the English Department at Case Western Reserve University seeks an assistant professor (tenure-track) of creative writing (fiction).”
  • In Iowa, Cornell College, “seeks a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing with a specialty in multimedia writing and publishing (including digital storytelling, podcasts, or creative nonfiction) and the ability to teach global Anglophone literature, 19th-century preferred. We welcome candidates eager to contribute to the vibrant Center for the Literary Arts, particularly in supporting and growing the digital, letterpress, and hybrid publications of the innovative Foxden Press. Also welcome is an expertise in journalism, social media writing, digital poetics, AI rhetorics, or writing for the screen.” 
  • At the University of the Bahamas, “the Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts is pleased to invite applications for the position of Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, (Non-Fiction). This full-time appointment will begin 1st August 2024….An ability to teach screenwriting, playwriting, fiction, literary journalism or digital creative writing is beneficial. Scholars with experience in successful grant-writing are encouraged to apply.”
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