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 Unstamatic: “We’re open for our regular online features again! We pair a work of micro prose or fiction with a complementary work of visual art to create each feature….No particular theme, but we may be partial to wintry works, whatever that means to you.” Pays: $10. (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • The deadline has been extended—to December 21—for the inaugural Jewish Book Council/Betsy Hotel Writer’s Residency Contest. (NB: “JBC and The Bet­sy Hotel reserve the right to use and pub­lish the essays sub­mit­ted as a part of this contest.”)
  • Graywolf Lab “is an online platform for interdisciplinary conversations and new writing hosted by Graywolf Press. Each Lab starts by gathering a small group of artists for a virtual roundtable discussing a theme. Over several months, we invite responses to that conversation from more artists, writers, and thinkers. We are accepting contributions to our first theme, Time. We’re looking for short fiction, essays, and poems originally in English or in translation, as well as short visual, graphic, multimedia, multidisciplinary, and interactive pieces that engage with the work already posted under the theme. We’re open to all kinds of engagements and with anything on Lab, and are particularly interested in illustrations or images that directly respond to Lab features. If a submission shows no familiarity or engagement with Lab, it will most likely not be accepted.” Pays: “Graywolf Lab will pay $100 for any accepted submission.” Deadline: December 22.
  • The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts “offers free residencies to artists and writers who are year-round residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. Our residencies are designed for those looking for a quiet, supportive environment in which to focus on their craft.” Deadline: January 7.
  • Book of the Month seeks an Editorial Selections Associate. “Ideally lives in the Greater NYC area; with ability to come to the BOTM office regularly for meetings.”
  • In California, “the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing position within the Department of English, beginning August 2024.” “Qualified applicants should show evidence of original creative work in one of the program’s primary genres: fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Applications from candidates who have experience writing and/or teaching in a second creative genre are welcome.”
  • In Ohio, the College of Wooster seeks a “tenure-track Assistant Professor of English, with a specialization in creative writing (fiction and/or poetry) to start in August of 2024. We particularly welcome applications from writers who have expertise in one or more of the following fields: American Literature, Asian Literature, Global Anglophone Literature, and Disability Studies. We also seek contributions to one or more of the college’s interdisciplinary programs, including Environmental Studies, Global Media and Digital Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, and Latin American Studies. Depending on the successful candidate’s specialization, courses would include introductory creative writing, advanced poetry, advanced fiction, and creative nonfiction.” 
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