EMERGING WRITERS (fellowship/workshop, November 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Fishtrap:
”Giving young and emerging writers the opportunity to be inspired by a community of artists is at the heart of our Summer Fishtrap Scholarship and Fellowship programs. Each year, Fishtrap awards over $25,000 in scholarships and fellowships to writers from around the west to give them the opportunity to come to this amazing place and learn and grow in their craft.

Fishtrap Fellowships recognize and encourage writers who show promise at an early stage in their career. The primary benefit of this award is an opportunity to attend the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering. Each Fishtrap Fellow receives early workshop registration and a featured reading during the week. Fellows are also highlighted in Fishtrap promotional materials, press releases, and on the Fishtrap website.

A Fishtrap Fellowship covers the cost of the seven-day conference including a five-day writing workshop, readings, activities, panel discussions, and special events. Fishtrap Fellows receive meals and lodging for the week, and a $150 travel stipend. A Fishtrap Fellowship is valued at more than $1200, but more than that, it is an opportunity for emerging writers to build new friendships and a renewed sense of creative potential in an atmosphere of mentorship and community.”

DEADLINE: November 15.


CREATIVE WRITERS AND TEACHERS (job, October 15) by Bear Guerra

Via Stony Brook University:

“The Creative Writing Program at Stony Brook seeks a fiction or creative nonfiction writer for its lively undergraduate and graduate programs to start September 1, 2020. Successful applicants will have significant publication (at least one book from a respected press), an MFA or PhD in creative writing (or an exceptionally strong record of publication), and evidence of successful teaching at the graduate and/or undergraduate level.

We especially welcome candidates with leadership experience, inside academia or out, as for example, building a reading series or editing a literary journal, and candidates with competence in a second genre, including genre fiction. We encourage applications from women, writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and any others who contribute to the diversity of our faculty. Finally, we seek candidates with experience in teaching culturally diverse curricula.”

DEADLINE: October 15.



JEWISH WOMEN FREELANCE WRITERS (call for pitches) by Bear Guerra

Via Jewish Women’s Archive:
Jewish Women, Amplified welcomes pitches and high-quality submissions of original writing: essays, analyses, opinion pieces, and interviews. All pieces should be written from a Jewish, feminist, and/or historical perspective. We review poetry submissions on a case-by-case basis.

All submissions of finished work should be between 800 and 1,000 words. Pieces should be submitted as publication-ready as possible. If you're sending only a query, please include clips or writing samples. We reserve the right to edit submitted posts for content, clarity, and length, and will do so in dialogue with the writer.

While we are committed to celebrating the voices and contributions of Jewish women, we are not a space for self-promotion and will not accept written work that publicizes individuals, projects, or products that do not relate to our mission.”



CALIFORNIA WRITERS (call for stories, ongoing) by Bear Guerra

Via Boom California:

Boom California embraces work in many different formats, although we normally publish the short and long-form essays, which are refereed through a double-blind peer review process. We invite written, photographic, artistic, and multimedia submissions in all formats and lengths, with essays from 800 to approximately 8,000 words.

Topics of particular interest to Boom California include:

  • Immigration

  • Race

  • Inequality

  • Social Justice

  • Gender

  • Queer Studies

  • Labor

  • Latinx Population and Culture

  • Asian American Population and Culture

  • African American Population and Culture

  • Poverty

  • Social Movements

Within and across these topics, our goal is to highlight California within broader global contexts, exploring them through various underexplored cultural modalities, including but not limited to expressions in history, religion, food, the environment, crime, music, film, media, and elsewhere.”




Via United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

“The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) seeks a freelance writer to help create a physical exhibition and online experience on the subject of the ongoing persecution of the Rohingya in Burma (Myanmar). The Rohingya exhibition and website are being guest-curated by a photojournalist who has been documenting this story for over a decade.

The writer will be part of an in-house team working closely with the curator to tell the compelling story of the methodical and systematic efforts of Burmese authorities to erase the Rohingya community. While the writer will be responsible for creating all of the text, the curator will play a leading role in determining the narrative structure, storytelling components, voice and tone, and core messages.

The expected timeframe for the writer’s involvement is 10-12 weeks, beginning in early to mid-September 2019. The exhibition is scheduled to open at USHMM in late January 2020; the online experience will be made available at the same time.

DEADLINE: August 23.



EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED WRITERS (residency, August 21) by Bear Guerra

Via Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity:

“This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you. The program provides opportunities for consultations with guest mentors, and optional group sessions led by guest mentors that allow writers to explore literary tools, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice.

You may also sign up for additional walks and day trips within Banff National Park as well as campus-wide activities organized by our Participant Resources team.

This flexible program allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional. Participants can request to extend their stay. Mentorship will not be offered during extended stays. These requests will be approved based on availability of accommodation (additional room and meal fees will apply).”

DEADLINE: August 21.




Via Fast Company:

Co.Design, Fast Company’s award-winning design news channel, is looking for a staff writer to cover the intersection of design, technology, and business.

Co.Design provides rigorous coverage of the businesses and individuals applying design to products, communities, workplaces, user experiences, data, mobility, and more. The world’s largest, most powerful companies use design to push their agendas, sometimes for the benefit of their customers but often to the detriment of users, other businesses, and society at large. Your job would be to tell these stories in a clear, evocative style.

You should have daily reporting experience at a newspaper or an online publication, preferably covering the technology industry, and you should be a critical thinker who’s as comfortable writing short news posts as you are crafting a 2,000-word feature. Experience writing about design is a plus.”




Via Nickelodeon:

“Nickelodeon Animation Studio in New York City is looking for a Script Coordinator for its hit animated series, Blaze and the Monster Machines. Assist the Story Editors in their daily production functions.


  • Attend writer’s meetings and prepare follow-up notes.

  • Proofread, revise and re-work premises, outlines and scripts.

  • Distribute premise, outlines and script drafts and revisions internally and to network.

  • Attend Storyboard pitch meetings; prepare and distribute follow-up notes.

  • Proofread storyboards for dialogue and other changes.

  • Generate dialogue re-writes for storyboards as necessary for Story Editor review

  • Write “storybook” story testing document for Story Editor review

  • Maintain and update comprehensive database and files of premises, outlines and scripts, including all drafts and submissions.

  • Maintain and coordinate writing schedule, including updating and distribution of weekly script status reports.

  • Coordinate freelancer writing staff schedules; communicate all meeting times and deadlines and schedule information to freelance writers

  • Attend weekly production meetings and provide updates at meeting.”



ASPIRING TRAVEL WRITERS IN SPANISH (workshop, August 10) by Bear Guerra


Via Periodistas Viajeros:

“Interested in travel journalism? Spanish-speaking journalists can apply for a seven-week, online workshop from Periodistas Viajeros. Starting mid-August. Cost is US$185 and registration is ongoing.

El taller buscará dar las herramientas necesarias para que los participantes puedan encarar un gran viaje (o recuperar material de viajes pasados) para narrar historias a partir de la escritura de crónicas de viaje, fotografías, redes sociales y medios audiovisuales. Trabajaremos diversas técnicas para descubrir y analizar las experiencias que nos entrega el camino y encontrar historias y personajes que puedan transmitir emociones y reflexiones.”

DEADLINE: August 10.



Via California Academy of Sciences:

“he California Academy of Sciences offers an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated and skilled institutional grant writer to join a dynamic development team at a renowned scientific institution. The California Academy of Sciences is an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park—and a powerful voice for biodiversity research and exploration, environmental education, and sustainability across the globe. 

The Grant Writer, Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy, is a new position responsible for creating compelling and persuasive proposals, reports, and other written materials for foundation and corporate donors who support the Academy's mission to explore, explain, and sustain life.  This is a new full-time position reporting to the Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy.”

DEADLINE: July 31.



UNDERREPRESENTED EMERGING AUTHORS (fellowship, August 2) by Bear Guerra

Via PEN America:

“The PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (EV) is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. 

While Emerging Voices encourages applications from writers living all over the country, this rigorous fellowship is based in Los Angeles. Weekly meetings combine with an intense reading and writing schedule. If you are not a resident of Los Angeles, and you are awarded the fellowship you will need to relocate for the seven month period, from January to July of 2020. Housing is not provided.”


WRITERS OF COLOR, FYI (stipend) by Bear Guerra

Via Asian American Writers Workshop:

“The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is proud to announce a new program that empowers writers of color to witness and write about mass incarceration.

The Witness Program began in the spring of 2019 and supports four creative writers, as part of our ongoing initiative A World Without Cages. Each participant will receive a stipend of $750, visit several sites of American incarceration and detention, meet with individuals who are directly affected, and take part in a pen-pal correspondence with an incarcerated writer. Their creative work will appear on The Margins, our online magazine of culture and ideas.

Through our literary programs, we aim to nurture writers, activists, and intellectuals so they can dream a new American mythology beyond segregation, immigrant exclusion, and Islamophobia. We’re thrilled that four accomplished writers with a deep commitment to social justice—Sarah Wang, CM Campbell, Roshan Abraham, and Christina Olivares—have joined us in this effort.”




Via New York Public Library:

“The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Visual artists at work on a book project are also welcome to apply. The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.”

DEADLINE: September 27


SPECULATIVE FICTION WRITERS OF COLOR (call for stories, July 24) by Bear Guerra

Via Resonance Network:

“The Resonance Network & Wakanda Dreamlab are accepting pieces of work for a Wakanda-inspired gender anthology.

We welcome multiple submissions. If you choose to submit more than one piece, please fill out a separate form for each. 

What We're Looking For: Fictional accounts of daily life in Wakanda that center on specific experiences given what we know of the kingdom and that respond to the prompt. Learn more about Wakanda here: http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Wakanda.

Who Should Apply: All those across the race and gender spectrum who believe in and are committed to gender justice and liberation and the power of speculative fiction. We especially welcome and will give preference to pieces from Black transgender, gender non-conforming and Indigenous womxn-identifying kin.”

DEADLINE: July 24.



EMERGING OR ESTABLISHED BOOK WRITERS (fellowship, November 1) by Bear Guerra

Via Black Mountain Institute:

“Poets, novelists, culture critics, writers of all genres: This fellowship is for you. Work on a project for a semester in Las Vegas, receive $20,000, free housing, and benefits.

For emerging and distinguished writers who have at least one book published by a trade or literary press, this fellowship includes: 

  • a semester-long letter of appointment

  • a stipend of $20,000 paid over a four-month period

  • eligibility for health coverage

  • office space in the BMI offices on the campus of UNLV

  • free housing (fellows cover some utilities) in a unique and vibrant arts complex in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas—home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s beloved independent bookstore. 

  • Recognition in BMI’s literature, and on The Believer’s masthead, as a “Shearing Fellow.”

While there are no formal teaching requirements, this is a “working fellowship.” BMI's visiting fellows will maintain a regular in-office presence, around 10 hours a week, along with 10 hours of service to the community. In addition to the primary goal of furthering one’s own writing during their term in Las Vegas, visiting fellows are expected to engage in a substantial way with BMI’s community, in a way custom-scoped based on their skills and personal interest. Upon acceptance into the program, each fellow will craft a work plan in partnership with BMI’s program manager that is meaningful to all involved parties.”

DEADLINE: November 1.




Via Miles Morland Foundation:

“It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book. The Scholarships are open to anyone writing in the English language who was born in Africa, or both of whose parents were born in Africa.

Scholars writing fiction will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the Foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction, who require additional research time, could receive an additional grant, paid over a period of up to eighteen months.”

DEADLINE: September 30.



FREELANCE BOOK REVIEWERS AND ANALYSTS (call for pitches, July 21) by Bear Guerra

Via High Country News:

“Each fall, High Country News produces its Books & Authors issue, showcasing some of the best and most exciting writing about the modern American West. We intend to surprise and delight our readers with interesting titles and writers, and with excellent longform essays and narratives. This year, we’re especially interested in highlighting diverse perspectives.

We're accepting pitches in the following categories:

  • Book excerpts

  • Book reviews

  • Author interviews

  • Author profiles

  • Essays”

DEADLINE: July 21.



SHORT FICTION WRITERS, POETS FOCUSED ON MOTHERHOOD (call for stories, August 1) by Bear Guerra


Via Mom Egg Review:

Mom Egg Review, a literary magazine about motherhood, seeks submissions for their 18th annual print issue, themed HOME. Poetry, short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works. They also seek art focused on mothers and HOME.

Submissions are opening May 1, 2019 for the 18th annual print issue of Mom Egg Review/ MER, themed HOME. We publish literary work that is about mothering or motherhood; submissions for this issue should be about motherhood and this issue’s theme of HOME.

We seek work about motherhood in the context any of the many connotations of HOME. Some possibilities: Your childhood home, first apartment, the home you live in and create. Homelessness. Home land. Home base. Torn between homes. Also all the rooms of the home and what is done in them (kids’ room, kitchen, bedroom), the neighborhood, others’ homes, being away from home (hospital, travel), etc. Of course, as well, the earth is our home. The nature of “home”—is a home a place, a feeling, a center, a community? Can work be a home? Can a poem be a home?

We publish poetry, flash and short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works (up to 850 words). We also seek mother-themed art.”

DEADLINE: August 1.



Via CityLab:

“We’re interested in the challenges and complexities of city life in the 21st century, in communities both big and small. We want stories from where you are that are interesting, relevant, and meaningful to people everywhere. We invite you to share your expertise and to help fill our blind spots.

What makes a good CityLab story?

CityLab stories span a number of topics, from transit to climate change. Check out our different channels: DesignTransportationEquityEnvironment, and Life.   

Whether we’re covering housing policy or an innovative art installation, our reporting reveals something about the problems, solutions, and surprises of the urban landscape.”