Good morning, everyone! Here's the latest batch of Monday Market Listings.
1) UK-based contest: The Independent on Sunday/Bradt Travel Guides Travel-Writing Competition has posted its 2007 guidelines. The competition is open to all writers; this year's theme is "A chance encounter," and entries "must contain a strong travel element." Winner receives "an exotic holiday for two in Sri Lanka. The winning story will also be published in The IOS The Compact Traveller section, and the author will earn a commission from the newspaper." Note that this year, the competition also includes "a prize category specifically for unpublished writers"; the prize for that category is a place on a creative-writing course in Granada, Spain. No entry fee. Submission deadline: noon on April 17, 2007 (received). Read full guidelines/terms here. (And for details on writing for Bradt travel guides more generally, click here.)
2) If you (or someone you know) can tell a true and inspirational story about a woman who "has persevered following the death of a spouse," you may want to check out State Farm Insurance's Embrace Life® Awards. This essay competition (no entry fee indicated) will honor five grand prize winners with $10,000 USD and a trip for 2 to New York City for the awards luncheon in September. Submission deadline: May 18, 2007 (received). Details and official rules here. (via the forum at AbsoluteWrite.com)
3) An excellent resource for science fiction and fantasy writers: Cynthia Ward's Market Report in the SFWA Bulletin. The Winter 2007 issue is now available online, with news about magazines, anthologies, and more.
4) Book Review Editor sought! "INTHEFRAY Magazine (http://inthefray.org), an award-winning international publication that seeks to question, inform, and inspire conversations about identity and community, is looking for a book review editor to edit reviews of new and old works of fiction and nonfiction." Check the announcement at J-Jobs for more information and application instructions. Pays: "Our organization is nonprofit and run by an all-volunteer staff, so there is only a very tiny honorarium for this position (payable every six months), but it is a chance to interact with the publishing world, learn about online publishing, and work with bright, energetic writers and editors." This is a part-time position; though many of the staff live in New York City the Book Review Editor evidently doesn't have to.
5) If you missed last week's post detailing essay needs for six Cup of Comfort volumes, you can find it here.
6) Southern Methodist University (Dallas) is looking for a Visiting Assistant Professor in creative writing. They're seeking a fiction writer, but it's better if you can teach both fiction and poetry. Check the announcement at the Chronicle of Higher Education's job site. Application deadline: April 11, 2007.
7) Articles about freelance writing sought for Web site. Pays: "15+ per article." Check the announcement on craigslist and visit the site for more information.
8) Just found this out yesterday: StoryQuarterly has a new publisher (and new online home). You'll now find it hosted by Narrative Magazine. Among the changes (although I'm not sure exactly when these changes will take effect): All contents will henceforth be available for online reading; StoryQuarterly will read submissions all year (that change has definitely not yet taken effect, so don't click away to send a story after you finish reading this); and, it seems, all contributors will be paid. You need to register (no charge) to access everything (including guidelines) over at the Narrative Magazine site, but it's worth it.