Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

  • From @AlgonquinBooks: “We always accept manuscript submissions–here’s how to do it: http://tinyurl.com/3498gly.”
  • Writers living in Los Angeles County: If you can get your application together in the next few days you may want to consider trying for a residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Santa Monica Beach. The residency includes ten weeks (November 15-January 24) to work in a seaside office and confers a $1,500 honorarium. Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010.
  • Attention, Canadian writers! The application deadline for the Berton House Writers’ Retreat residencies (located in Dawson City, Yukon) is October 1, 2010. There is no application fee indicated. Writers are housed (at no cost) in the boyhood home of author Pierre Berton. Award also includes a three-month honorarium of $6,000, plus travel costs. Applicants must have published at least one book and must be “established in any literary creative discipline.”
  • Several paying internships (including one Diversity Internship) are available at the Chronicle of Higher Education (Washington, D.C.). Application deadline: October 8, 2010.
  • The 2010 NC State Short Story Contests will be judged by Madison Smartt Bell. Competitions for longer (up to 5000 words) and shorter (up to 1200) words charge no entry fees and award cash prizes. Open to NC residents who have not had a book published. Deadline: October 18, 2010.
  • ‘Tis the season for colleges and universities to post teaching job announcements. Let’s begin with Oklahoma State University, which is looking for an assistant professor in creative writing (creative nonfiction focus) and an associate professor/professor in poetry.
  • Portland State University welcomes applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in creative writing (poetry focus).
  • Christopher Newport University (Va.) seeks an assistant professor of English to teach creative writing (“successful candidates should possess a broad knowledge of creative writing [fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting]”).
  • Framingham State University (Mass.) is looking for an assistant professor of creative writing/first-year writing/literature.
  • Georgia Southern University seeks an assistant professor of creative writing.
  • From St. Lawrence University (N.Y.): “Fiction or creative non-fiction writers with significant publications and teaching experience are invited to apply for the position of Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing for the academic year 2011-2012.”
  • Antioch University-Los Angeles seeks a core faculty member (primary specialty in creative nonfiction) for its low-residency MFA program in creative writing.
  • Colleges and universities offer plenty of opportunities for nonteaching jobs for writers, too. See, for example, Kent State University (Ohio)’s call for a Writer, Marketing Communications; Ithaca College (N.Y.)’s advertisement for a Senior Editor; and
    Columbia University (N.Y.)’s posting for a Science Writer.
  • Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

  • St. Martin’s Press is running a short-story contest to mark the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s latest short-story collection. No entry fee. Prize: e-publication with St. Martin’s (& royalties). “Contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. aged 18 or older who have been Previously Unpublished (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the Manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and who are not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.” Deadline: October 1, 2010 (11:59 p.m. ET). (via PublishersLunch)
  • From @thewritermag: “Calling all self-publishers! We’re looking for fresh articles on this topic. If you have a new angle, pitch us at queries(at)writermag(dot)com.”
  • The Sleep Club (U.K.) seeks bedtime stories (stories that “are to be read before falling asleep”). Stories for children are also welcome. Pays: “The Sleep Club is able to offer a nominal fee to those writers we chose to publish on the site.”
  • Chicagoans! Attend a free freelancing-for-magazines seminar presented by Dollars & Deadlines’s Kelly James-Enger. Tomorrow!
  • Oregon Humanities magazine has announced a call for submissions for its spring 2011 issue, on the theme of “fail”. Pitch/submit by October 18, 2010. More info on the call is available at the link above; for general information and pay rates, click here. NB: “At this time, we almost exclusively publish work by Oregon artists and writers.”
  • Choice Publishing Group has issued calls for submissions for three anthologies within the Patchwork Path series: “Star Spangled Banner,” “Star of Hope,” and “Baby’s Block.” Deadlines vary (the first, for “Star Spangled Banner,” which is looking for stories and essays “about living the American Dream,” is December 31, 2010). Pays: $50/published story. (Via PayingWriterJobs, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paying-writer-jobs).
  • Teaching jobs in poetry: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of creative writing-poetry. Tufts University (Mass.) is advertising for a non-tenure-track (5-year position) Professor of the Practice of Poetry.
  • Teaching jobs with a fiction focus: Marymount Manhattan College (N.Y.) is looking for a tenure-track assistant professor of creative writing with a specialty in fiction. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas is also looking for a tenure-track assistant professor (fiction writer).
  • Teaching jobs with a multi-genre focus: The University of Montana invites applications for the position of assistant professor of creative writing, and they’re looking for “a writer of both nonfiction and fiction.” And the College of Wooster (Mass.) is advertising for a visiting assistant professor of English (three-year position), with a “background in teaching all forms and levels of writing, especially fiction and/or creative nonfiction; secondary expertise in U.S. ethnic literatures desirable.”
  • Rutgers (N.J.) seeks a Gift Acknowledging Writer, University of Michigan is looking for an Acknowledgment Letter Writer, and the University of Chicago seeks a Campaign Associate.
  • Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

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    • Witness, a literary journal now based at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has announced revised submission guidelines, including a call for submissions on the theme of “Disaster.” Pays: “$25 for every 1,500 words of prose and $25 per poem, for both print and online work.”
    • The Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award (McSweeney’s) gives a grant “to aid a young woman writer of 32 years or younger” who embodies the personal strengths of Amanda Davis and who needs some time to finish a book in progress. Deadline: December 1, 2010. No application fee.
    • Also from McSweeney’s: The Second Annual Columnist Contest is open to submissions until this Friday, September 10. “Our site is known for printing funny things, but columns need not be comic in nature. They just need to be interesting reading.” No fees. Cash prizes and contracts to the winners.
    • Poetry Competition (no entry fee) from the Genomics Policy and Research Forum, requiring a poem (no more than 50 lines) on the theme of “improving the human.” Cash prizes, publication, and an evening of poetry readings based on the winning entries (hosted by the Scottish Poetry Library). Deadline: October 7, 2010.
    • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (fiction), Bucknell University
    • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (poetry), University of Minnesota
    • Some nonteaching jobs for writers: Writer/Client Manager at Macalaster College (Minn.), Writer at Boston College, Director of Communications at Rhodes College (Tenn.).

    Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities

    It’s good to be back! I had a lovely vacation week (even if the weather didn’t really cooperate until Thursday). Those of you who subscribe to The Practicing Writer will be receiving your September issues today. Plenty of the usual medley of offerings for poets/fictionists/writers of creative nonfiction, in terms of the no-fee competitions and paying calls for submissions. Plus, an interview with author, essayist, editor, and professor Dinty W. Moore. Soon, I’ll post the issue online, but if you’re not yet a subscriber why risk missing out on first glance at our next issue, too? Subscribe now! For today’s blog post, I’ll limit myself to items that didn’t make it into the newsletter.


    From Chuck Sambuchino: “As the editor of both Guide to Literary Agents and Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, I need upfront informative articles for those books. I am now open to queries if you want to submit any ideas. Send them to [literaryagent(at)fwmedia(dot)com] and put “Query” in the subject line. I will only be open to queries until about mid-September, and I will respond within 4-8 weeks from now, so please query soon. Articles are 1500-2300 words and will appear in the 2012 editions (next summer). I urge writers to go in detail about what they had in mind and who, if anyone, they plan to interview. In other words: Wow me!”


    Win a free writing class: Basement Writing Workshop is running a prompt-based contest (no entry fee). “The contest winner will receive a free online class from the Basement Writing Workshop, chosen by him or her from any of our Winter offerings, as well as publication in the Basement Writing Workshop ‘campus’ website, props in our newsletter and social networking outlets, and last but not least, a Certificate of Awesomeness, signed by all our Portland-based instructors, in lipstick.” Deadline is November 1.


    Brown University (R.I.) “invites applications for an Associate Professor or Professor specializing in Poetry, position to begin 1 July 2011. Candidates should have a strong national and international reputation as a poet, a substantial publication record, and extensive teaching experience; additional expertise in other areas such as translation or poetics. An ideal candidate will also have leadership potential and be interested in helping to develop and administer the future of the Literary Arts Program.”


    California State University, Monterey Bay “seeks an Assistant Professor whose specialty is in both Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing to teach undergraduate courses in its Creative Writing and Social Action concentration (CWSA). We seek a candidate who is uniquely qualified and committed to educating working-class, ethnically diverse, and historically under-served students through innovation in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, scholarship, community service, and collaborative and imaginative program development. The concentration in CWSA is offered as part of the New Humanities for Social Justice (NHSJ) curriculum, along with Chicana/o Latina/o studies, Africana studies, cultural history, oral history, and new media studies.”


    Harvard University Press (Mass.) seeks a Publicity Assistant, Princeton University (N.J.) is looking for a Public Relations Specialist, and Montgomery College (Md.) wants to hire a Speech Writer.

    Monday Morning Markets/Jobs/Opportunities (One Day Late)

    Here’s the usual round-up, delayed one day while I was observing Yom Kippur.

    October 15 is the application deadline for the Lynchburg (Va.) College Thornton Writer Residency: “A fourteen-week residency at Lynchburg College, including a stipend of $12,000, is awarded annually to a fiction writer for the fall term. The residency also includes housing, some meals, and roundtrip travel expenses. Writers who have published at least one book of fiction are eligible. The writer-in-residence will teach a weekly creative writing workshop, visit classes, and give a public reading. Submit one copy of a book of fiction, a curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining evidence of successful teaching experience, and contact information for three references….There is no entry fee.”
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    “The Department of English at Ohio University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction. We seek candidates of established achievement who have published at least one book. The successful candidate is expected to teach; publish and direct creative work; and participate in departmental/university governance. Expected to teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels. We are seeking a candidate with a commitment in working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Position available September 2010.”
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    “The Department of English [at Texas Christian University] invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in creative writing with a specialization in poetry, contemporary literature, and creative nonfiction.”
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    The University of Connecticut English Department seeks a poet to serve as Assistant/Associate/Full Professor In Residence to begin fall 2010. The selected candidate will teach one semester per year, give a public reading, and participate in the department community during that semester. Minimum Qualifications: an MFA or Ph.D; at least one published book of poetry; and a history of successful teaching in undergraduate and graduate workshops and literature courses. Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience in a second genre, and the ability to teach prosody. Salary and rank commensurate with qualifications. This is a nine month, non-tenure track appointment. Depending on the availability of funding, the position may be renewed twice for a total of three years.
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    “Nature Medicine, the prestigious monthly journal covering biomedical science and translational research, is currently accepting applications for its science writing internship. The intern will be closely involved in the editorial process and write news articles and briefs, as well as blog entries. This is not a paper-pushing internship! The person selected for the position will be reporting stories and working on editorial content full-time.” Pays: $1,000/month to successful candidate (internship begins in December and will be based in New York City).
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    Rachel Dacus has compiled this list of small presses that publish poetry books outside of contests. Note that some presses may charge reading fees.
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    Three job opportunities in Massachusetts: Boston University seeks a Senior Editor/Writer;Lasell College is looking for an Assistant Director of Communications; and Tufts University invites applications for Assistant Director, Writing Resources, for its Academic Resource Center.

    The Wednesday Web Browser: Practice of Poetry Edition

    National Public Radio profiles poet–and single mom/corporate communicator–Elizabeth Haukaas. (The piece is part of a series on how artists make a living. Which, NPR suggests, is not solely by writing poetry!)
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    English instructor Art Scheck shares his students’ struggles reading (let alone writing) poetry.
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    And a more biting take on poetry in the classroom from Billy Collins, courtesy of a recent installment of The Writer’s Almanac.