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 Cincinnati Review: “Our Submission Manager is open for print-journal submissions from writers of color through March 8th, but is otherwise closed for print-journal subs until May 1st.” Pays: “$25/page for prose and $30/page for poetry in the print journal.”
  • From Conium Press, “a boutique fiction publisher”: “We’re considering unsolicited book and chapbook submissions on a variable schedule. Tentatively, we plan remain open at least through March 15th, 2024 but may extend this call additional weeks or months depending on the volume of submissions.” Note that they “lean toward magical realist, surrealist, and experimental fiction. We’re especially interested in work from historically underrepresented voices, including but not limited to LGTBQIA2S+ writers, BIPOC writers, writers with disabilities, and women writers.” Compensation: “If published, authors receive ten copies and a small honorarium (we’re talking about a few hundred bucks, so don’t quit your day job).” 
  • Lanternfish Press opened for submissions on March 1. “We are seeking original fiction and memoir in both the full-length (60 to 100,000 words) and novella-length (20 to 40,000 words) ranges. Submissions are welcome from all authors throughout the month of March. During the month of April, the window will remain open only for writers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and people of color, in order to acknowledge and address historical and systemic inequities in book publishing.”
  • From Cleveland Review of Books (on Twitter): “From now until April 1 we’re holding an open call for pitches of essays, reviews, interviews, and experiments in critical writing to appear in Vol. 2.2, our Fall 2024 print issue. Full guidelines, hopes, dreams at: Pays: “Our current rates are $100 for online publication and $200 for print.”
  • And in case you missed it: The March edition of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers last week. It’s packed with 50+ fee-free (and paying) opportunities for writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. You can find it archived here.
  • In Massachusetts, “the Department of English at College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a visiting full-time faculty position in the writing of fiction for the 2024-2025 academic year, to begin in August 2024. Additional experience in teaching nonfiction and contemporary literature is desirable.” Deadline: “Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. For full consideration, please apply by April 8.”  
  • “The Department of English at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania, USA, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing (Fiction) to begin August 2024.” Deadline: “Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.” 
  • In North Carolina, Appalachian State University is advertising for an Editor, Appalachian Review. Salary: “competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.” Deadline: None indicated, although the announcement notes that evaluation of candidates will begin March 5 (today).
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