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.

  • In case you missed it: The June edition of the The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers last Friday. It’s packed with more than 50 fee-free/paying opportunities that are currently or will soon be open for submissions.
  • “The Washington Writers’ Publishing House (WWPH) celebrates LGBTQ+  all year round, but in June, we hold our annual poetry and micro-prose contest!! We would love to feature your winning work in WWPH Writes and award you a cash prize and lots of love!” Prompt: “How do we shape recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community in the DMV? What is PRIDE to you? We welcome entries from all members of the community–and this year, a special shout-out to allies to submit.” Deadline: June 16
  • June 21 is the next application for Grants for Artist Projects (GAP), which are “unrestricted project-based grants of $1,500 awarded to 65 artists working in all disciplines across Washington State. Funding may be used for but not limited to artist fees, materials, equipment, space rental, travel for research, documentation, professional development opportunities, marketing and promotion, support to continue a current project, support to start a new project, and many other needs related to your project.”
  • From The Hopkins Review: “In partnership with the Chen Lab of JHU’s Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, we present the first ever fiction Made to Read & Investigate (fMRI) Writing Prize. In this unique flash fiction contest, winning stories will not only be published by The Hopkins Review, but also serve as the basis for a new scientific study of people’s brain activity while reading stories. This award aims to create new literature and new science, while generating awareness of and interest in both fields in the city of Baltimore. High school and adult writers in Baltimore City can enter for a chance to see how your words affect readers’ brains!” There will be a $500 prize for the winners (hs and adult); “additional finalists may be selected for publication, in which case they will receive a $100 prize.” Deadline: June 30.
  • Also until June 30, applications remain open for the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer in Residence Program, with eligibility limited to “Canadian writers of established literary reputation in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or drama. Provides “$21,000 for a 9-week in-person residency, a compensation rate per week commensurate with Canada Council funding (e.g. approximately $2,000 per week). Nine weeks will be spent with the community at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, and one week will be devoted to Laurier’s Brantford campus community. The full-time position requires 40% of the author’s time (approximately 15-20 hours) to be spent on community programs or projects on Laurier’s two campuses, leaving 60% of the work week available for the writer’s own creative projects.
  • “The Department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) beginning in August 2024. This position is a nine month, full-time, benefits-eligible, term position that may be renewed based on performance and /or needs of the department. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion for teaching and inspiring students and hold a PhD or other terminal degree in English or a related field with an emphasis in creative writing and expertise in poetry. The successful candidate for this position will teach undergraduate and graduate level creative writing courses in poetry, and introductory courses in creative writing and/or literature.” Apparently, review of applications began May 26 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • “The Division of Creative Writing in the Department of English in the College of Arts Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY seeks to fill a tenure-eligible faculty position at the Professor level in Creative Writing: Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. This is a 9-month position in the regular title series with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2025. The preferred candidate will have a successful national publishing record, including novels, essays, and creative nonfiction. We are particularly interested in candidates with demonstrated expertise in the fields of rural literature, editing, book-to-film adaptations, the rural-urban divide, and Midwestern literature. In addition, we seek an experienced instructor with evidence of excellent teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The preferred candidate will have experience in undergraduate program development and administration, course development, and community engagement. The teaching assignment includes two courses per semester and includes both undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate and MFA students and contribute service to the Creative Writing Division. A MFA in Creative Writing is required for this position.” Application deadline in June 6.
  • The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) has launched a search for a new Executive Director. “AWP is currently a remote work environment.” Compensation: “$150,000 – $175,000.” Deadline: “Applications will be accepted until July 12, 2024 or until the position has been filled, which may be earlier. There will be an immediate and ongoing review of candidates, so we encourage and appreciate early applications. All inquiries will remain confidential.”
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