Freelancing for Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing Charlotte is always looking for that next great story. We’re a small staff, you see, and much of our print and online editions are supplemented by freelance writers who can craft an interesting read, whether that be in the form of a profile, investigative piece, polemical essay or a well-reported story about a local institution.
Are you a critic?
We also publish reviews of movies, theater, the visual arts, music, books, video games and dance. Reviews range between 500 words and 1,000 words in length. Don't be discouraged if you see the same bylines in the arts pages week after week. We're open to new writers in every section of the paper.
Do you like conducting interviews?
We delight in hearing about local talent and organizations making an impact in our community. Know of any non-profits, athletes, musicians, artists that are making an impact in our city? Interviews should range beween 1,000 and 1500 words in length. Not sure if your story meets requirements? Check with us first!
What about illustrations and photographs?
Interested artists should send samples to the art director. We currently do not have a staff photographer, so we’re always looking to get new folks in the mix.
How much do you pay?
The pay scale for freelance work varies widely, but we generally start off at 10 cents a word in print. All freelance pieces are accepted on spec, though we sometimes pay kill fees. Creative Loafing buys only first rights. Following our first publication of the work, you will have the right to republish the work with our written consent and provided that it does not appear in a publication or website that is competitive with CL. A full description of the rights we are buying and your rights after first publication are included in the freelance contract.
Should I send a pitch?
Please do. Well-developed query letters are welcome via email, and if you've been published elsewhere, it can't hurt to submit clips of your work along. A reminder: We're looking for stories, not topics. That means if you can't sketch out a brief narrative arc for your idea, you may need to flesh it out some more before it's ready to pitch. Of course, if you have a draft of your story ready, that's preferable.
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