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.

Quick reminder that by the time next week’s Markets & Jobs post is published, the February issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 will have gone out to subscribers. If you don’t yet subscribe, join us now! And if you haven’t yet checked out the opportunities listed in the January newsletter, or in recent Markets & Jobs posts, you should. Plenty of those calls and competitions remain open.

  • Through January 31, Ecotone is open for no-fee submissions in nonfiction only. “During this window, we especially welcome work from groups historically underrepresented in literary publishing….We are glad to consider all nonfiction that engages with place, whether subtly or overtly. We are particularly interested, this reading period, in personal essays and other narratives that engage with the climate crisis and/or with the natural and social sciences—ecology, natural history, sociology, and other fields, not limited to Western contexts and modes of doing science.” NB: The magazine’s upcoming issues are issue 36 (unthemed), issue 37, (the Moon Issue), issue 38 (unthemed), and issue 39 (the Invisible Issue); “we will consider work submitted this reading period for all upcoming issues, both themed and unthemed.” Pays (for prose): $200 minimum; two copies of the issue in which work appears; and a one-year subscription beginning with the subsequent issue.
  • Also through January 31, Tower is open for fiction and poetry submissions for an upcoming issue that will be themed “Family” (“all other categories” remain open until February 12). NB: Tower “is based out of Ireland; we are open to international submissions and aim to publish at least three Irish pieces per issue. Our definition of Irish artists and writers are people born, raised or residing on the island of Ireland.” Pays: “€20 per contributor paid via PayPal or Revolut. If a contributor is unable to receive payment via these platforms, we offer to send a €20 gift card/e-voucher for a site of their choice en lieu.” Considers reprints. (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
  • Graywolf Press seeks an Editorial and Administrative Assistant. This full-time position “requires physical presence in Graywolf’s Minneapolis office Monday–Thursday, with the option to work remotely on Friday….The salary for this position is $40,000 annually.” Applications are welcome through February 14.
  • A Public Space is open for applications for its 2024 Editorial Fellowships, “a program for aspiring editors” that aims “to support the next generation of editors who will offer a more diverse publishing community—culturally, aesthetically, economically; and to explore new possibilities for editing, writing, and literature….The 2024 Editorial Fellowships period is approximately four months, from June 3, 2024 through October 6, 2024. The Fellows will work on their own schedule, and will have responsibilities of approximately fifteen hours weekly. They must be able to attend up to two weekly meetings (virtual and in person) during regular office hours. The Fellows will receive compensation of $5,000.” NB: “The Editorial Fellows must be residents of New York City for the duration of the Fellowship.” Apply by February 15.
  • The Center for Fiction is hiring a Membership Assistant. “This is a part-time, onsite position. There will be some evening hours. Our location is in Downtown Brooklyn.” Compensation: “at least USD $20 / hour.” Apply by February 23.
  • Publishers Weekly seeks “a skilled Digital Editorial Assistant to help produce our e-newsletters, weekly magazine, supplements, and special issues across PW’s many digital platforms. This position offers a chance to work in a fast-paced environment, and it sits at the intersection of PW’s digital, editorial, and marketing teams. This is a full-time position that requires working late on Friday afternoons and early Saturday mornings, with one day off during the week.  It is based in New York City and requires a regular (but not daily) presence at PW’s Manhattan office.” Compensation: “$37,500.00 – $40,000.00 (Yearly Salary).” No deadline indicated.
  • In North Carolina, Davidson College’s Department of English “seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor with a specialization in creative nonfiction. We seek candidates with terminal degrees (MFA or PhD in the writing of creative nonfiction) and with interests in teaching courses that might expand the department’s offerings in areas such as diasporic literatures, digital storytelling, the history of science, race and racial formation, visual culture.” Apply by March 1.
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