Sample Freelance Writing Contract

Here's a sample freelance writing contract you're free to use - just change the information highlighted in yellow to reflect your project.


This Author Agreement (the "Agreement") is made as of 5 April 2010, by and between CLIENT A, CLIENT A's COMPANY, ("Publisher") and YOU (THE WRITER), an individual ("Contractor").

In consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereby agree as follows:

1. Services. Contractor agrees to write WHATEVER YOU'RE WRITING, for publication and/or distribution by Publisher, and to provide the services, if any, set forth below. Such services are hereinafter referred to as "Services." Other Services will include: up to two (2) re-writes and submission to two newspapers: the New York Times and the Bergen Record. Project will be completed no later than 5:00 HST, 12 April 2010 unless otherwise specified by Publisher and agreed to in writing.

2. Payment for Services.

a. Charges. As full compensation for the Services to be provided by Contractor, Publisher agrees to pay Contractor the sum of $175 per Press Release accepted by Publisher. Photographs, if necessary, will be furnished by Publisher.

b. Payment Schedule. Publisher will furnish half the total estimated fees ($87.50) as down payment at onset of the project, which will serve as a non-refundable “Kill Fee” for portions of the work completed by Contractor but not accepted by Publisher. Upon receipt of completed Services, Publisher will furnish remainder of payment ($87.50) to Contractor. Payment will be accepted via PayPal account YOUR PAYPAL or by AMEX, MasterCard, Visa or Discover at no later than three days after completion of project.

3. Independent Contractor. Contractor will perform the Services as an independent contractor. Contractor will not be deemed to be an employee of Publisher. Contractor will not be entitled to any employee benefits, and Publisher will make no deductions from any of the payments due to Contractor hereunder for state or federal tax purposes. Contractor will be personally responsible for any and all taxes and other payments due on payments received hereunder.

4. Original Development. Contractor warrants that all Press Releases and other Services will be original works of authorship of Contractor and will not infringe upon or violate any intellectual property right of any third party.

5. Confidentiality. This Agreement creates a confidential relationship between Publisher and Contractor. Information concerning Publisher’s and/or Contractor’s business affairs, vendors, finances, properties, methods of operation, computer programs, employees, documentation, and other such information whether written, oral, or otherwise, is confidential in nature. Publisher and Contractor, and employees of both will adhere fully to this confidentiality agreement.

6. Rights to Articles. The above fee licenses full rights to Press Releases to Publisher. Contractor assumes no rights to Press Releases once payment is received in full.

7. Other Agreements. Contractor may work on similar projects (including articles on the same topics as Articles submitted to Publisher) for other parties, provided that Contractor will not reprint, republish, or permit any third party to reprint or republish any Press Releases submitted to Publisher.

8. Termination. This Agreement will continue until terminated by either party by written notice or until completion of Services, whichever occurs first.

9. Governing Law; Jurisdiction. This contract will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Hawaii without regard to any principles of choice or conflicts of law.

10. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the agreement between the parties with regard to the matters set forth herein, and it supersedes all other agreements, proposals, and representations, oral or written, express or implied, with regard thereto.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the day and year set forth above.


Publisher                   Contractor

BY:                           BY:

______________     __________________
(Signature)                (Signature)

______________      __________________
(Print Name)              (Print Name)

Date:___________    Date:______________

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