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.

  • Icymi: the February (20th-anniversary!) issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers last week. Check out the 50+ fee-free-AND-paying opportunities listed within, and don’t miss the subscriber success stories or resources, either.
  • From Ecotone: “For Valentine’s Day—February 14 and 15—we will open to no-fee submissions of work we love and would like to see more of.” Click over to read about the poetry, flash fiction and debut short stories, and hybrid work that they’re seeking. Compensation: “Contributors receive an honorarium upon publication, with a $100 minimum for poetry and a $200 minimum for prose; two copies of the issue in which their work appears; and a one-year subscription beginning with the subsequent issue.”
  • If you’re “between the ages of 18 and 30, live or reside within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop, and…currently enrolled in, or graduated from, a degree program…or other professional artist development program,” you may want to check out the Luminarts Creative Writing Fellowships. These confer $10,000 per artist. “The Creative Writing Fellowship awards excellence in creative writing in the categories of poetry and/or prose, both fiction and nonfiction.” Deadline: February 15.
  • “The Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Student Prize in Poetry, supported by the Penelope Coker Hall/Eliza Wilson Ingle Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation and sponsored by the South Carolina Academy of Authors, recognizes the talent of college student poets in the state of South Carolina. Award is $250 and an invitation to be honored at the SCAA Induction Ceremony.” NB: “Applicants must be 18-25 years old at the time of submission, legal residents of South Carolina, and enrolled full time at a private or public South Carolina institution of higher education. Applicants also must not have won this prize (previously known as the Carrie McCray Nickens Student Prize in Poetry) in the previous three years.” Deadline: February 29.  (Hat tip: Hub City Press.)
  • “The Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Student Prize in Short Fiction, supported by the Penelope Coker Hall/Eliza Wilson Ingle Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation and sponsored by the South Carolina Academy of Authors, recognizes the talent of college student fiction writers in the state of South Carolina. The award is $250 and an invitation to be honored at the SCAA Induction Ceremony.” NB: “Applicants must be 18-25 years old at the time of submission, legal residents of South Carolina, and enrolled full time at a private or public South Carolina institution of higher education. Applicants also must not have won this Prize in the previous three years.” Deadline: February 29. (Hat tip: Hub City Press.)
  • The Poetry Foundation is hiring a Business and Circulation Manager. “This is a hybrid position, with three days onsite in the Chicago office and two days remote. Salary: $90,000-$100,000.” No deadline indicated.
  • In New York, the Forward is hiring an opinion editor. “This is a senior leadership role, reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, with a salary range of $80,000 and $110,000 depending on experience, and generous benefits.” No deadline indicated.
  • In South Carolina, the Division of Arts and Humanities at Columbia College invites applications for a full-time position as Lecturer of English that will begin August 15, 2024. The successful candidate must have an MFA in Creative Writing by the time of appointment. The successful candidate must demonstrate through education and publications a primary specialization in Creative Writing with secondary interests in rhetoric and composition.” Deadline: “Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled”
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