The Workshop

The Workshop provides clear, actionable advice and community for emerging creative writers. The literary industry can be opaque, with who you know mattering more than raw talent. Workshoppers are culture shifters and true believers, a supportive community of people who foster each other’s success.

Quota: This project has established a quota. Submissions will close when it is reached.

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1. The Grind: Alternative Career Advice for Writers Free Tip Jar Option

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We're paying $50 for explanations of how you got from your graduate degree in creative writing to jobs like social media manager, paralegal, journalist, lit agent/editor, copywriter, K-12 teacher, university staff, resume writer, technical writer, PR/communications, marketing, grant writers, and any other position people didn’t talk about in your degree program but in which your creativity and language skills have been an asset.

Please no English adjuncts and tutors, people teaching only creative writing workshops, literary nonprofit hires, or other jobs that are explicitly prepared for by most MFA programs.

We have no word limits, provided the writing is tight. What does that mean? It means that a 10,000-word submission that's so bursting with information something would get lost if we shortened it is fine by us, while a 3,000-word submission that feels like it could convey the same ideas in 1,500 words will be heavily edited. Upload a file with your finished text or your pitch. Know that if your file is a PDF, it will be sent back to you marked up with Adobe Acrobat. If you can't see the markup or edit it in Acrobat, then you're better off sending us text.

Please know that we love tips and donations, and any contribution at all helps us to continue providing our many vital services to emerging writers, including the only accurate fully funded MFAs list online. At the same time, we would never charge you to submit. It is our mission to remain accessible to writers from all backgrounds, including those who don't have the money for submission fees.

Column launching January 1, 2021, but we'll still be looking for entries after we launch.

2. The Tower: Navigating Academia Free Tip Jar Option

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We’re collecting Op-Eds and personal essays for $30. We want to boldly imagine new worlds, but we aren’t interested in hate clicks or shock value. Send us your well-considered yet controversial opinions, your thoughtful norm bucking. We welcome your rants about how creative writing shouldn’t be housed in English departments — or anywhere else in the university system! Use a deep dive to get to the root of professor favoritism, argue for an end to all unequal funding even within fully funded programs, or explain why either teaching assistantships or non-teaching fellowships shouldn’t exist. We’re especially interested in hearing from people who deeply regret their graduate-level creative writing degrees or feel like dropping out was the best decision they ever made. Open to anonymous contributions.

Please no pitches for this one. Only finished articles.

Please know that we love tips and donations, and any contribution at all helps us to continue providing our many vital services to emerging writers, including the only accurate fully funded MFAs list online. At the same time, we would never charge you to submit. It is our mission to remain accessible to writers from all backgrounds, including those who don't have the money for submission fees.

Column launching February 1, 2021, but we'd love to publish select pieces in December, and plan to accept work on a rolling basis for the foreseeable future.

3. The Gauntlet: Reviews and Interviews Free

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We're looking for a blogger to be in charge of our biweekly notables column. The job entails picking one new piece that has appeared online (no paywalls allowed) in the past two weeks and writing two to five short paragraphs about why you chose it with a link to the work. Ideal candidates will be able to introduce variety to the column by picking different genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, multi-genre, cross-genre). If possible, we'd love to have brief Q&As from the authors filled out every month or two (or three, no pressure).

Please attach a sample review as your submission.

While we don't have the cash yet to pay this columnist, we hope to find someone who is looking to build up bylines and network with the talented up-and-coming writers who end up being our notables. Column launches March 1, 2021.