Briarpatch magazine, a Canadian publication, is planning a February 2009 issue on the politics of food. "We are looking for feature articles, provocative essays, investigative reportage, news briefs, reviews, interviews, profiles, poetry, humour, and artwork that explores issues related to the global food system and collective efforts to resist or escape it, both here in Canada and around the world." Queries are due by September 30, 2008; if your query is accepted the first draft will be due by October 31. Pays: $.05/word (presumably in Canadian funds). Visit the magazine's Web site for more information.
Mslexia, "for women who write," welcomes poetry and prose submissions on "The Four Elements": "Air, earth, fire and water: a single element, a combustible combination or a stimulating set of all four - choose the most inspiring approach." Pays: £25/poem and £15/1,000 words of prose. Submissions via e-mail are accepted from overseas (non-UK) writers. Deadline is coming up fast: September 19. More information here.
Sojourners, whose mission "is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world," will consider poetry sent by postal mail. Note that they do consider seasonal poetry (but need it early!). Pays: $25/poem on publication, plus five complimentary copies. See the guidelines here.
Chuck Sambuchino presents 28 literary agents who are willing to work with new writers in this article.
And, as always, you'll find here a cluster of jobs for writers:
Assistant Professor of Environmental Literature and Creative Writing (nonfiction), College of Idaho
"Fulltime continuing faculty position" in Creative Writing (fiction) and Book Arts, Evergreen State College (Washington)
Assistant Professor of English-Creative Writing (fiction), Central Michigan University
Assistant Professor of English (poetry), Washington College (Maryland)
Assistant Professor of English (poetry), Salisbury University (Maryland)
Assistant Professor English (fiction), Salisbury University (Maryland)
Distinguished Visiting Writer (poetry), Bowling Green State University (Ohio)
Tenure-track position (rank open) in English and Literature (primary emphasis in creative nonfiction), Marshall University (West Virginia)
John McGahern Lectureship in Creative Writing, National University of Ireland (thanks to BJ Epstein for this information)
Senior Writer/Editor, Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
Senior Writer/Campaign Communications Specialist, California State University-Fresno
Editor and Online Program Manager, Poetryfoundation.org (Illinois)