HowStuffWorks is recruiting freelance writers (both generalists and specialists in all subject areas) to write articles, quizzes and more. We're looking for talented people who are excited about both learning and writing and who have a knack for getting to the heart of what fascinates us the most.
Above all, we work with authors who have great writing and impeccable research skills. We look for generalists as well as specialists who have knowledge and expertise in one or more of the many fields we cover on the site. We're also looking for writers who are used to both freelancing and accepting feedback and direction from an editor.
Qualifications and Requirements
Writers must be able to:
- understand complex subjects and break them down for a general audience
- contribute entirely original, previously unpublished work (we have a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism)
- meet their agreed-upon deadlines
- adapt to the HowStuffWorks voice and article structure (we provide style guides and plenty of direction)
- at the same time as all of the above, have fun with it and write pieces that are fun to read
HowStuffWorks does not accept unsolicited articles. Please send samples only of previous writing, preferably written for and published by a reputable publication. Also, please do not write and submit a new HowStuffWorks article with your other samples. Doing so creates all kinds of legal tangles for us related to copyright and ownership, so we have to delete them unread. If we decide to try you out as a writer, we will give you an article assignment at that time, and if we accept your work, we'll pay you for it. All work is work for hire, and all authors must sign a freelance agreement before they begin working on any piece intended to be published on the site. And, lastly, for a number of tax, legal and copyright reasons, we are looking for writers who are based in and legally able to work in the United States.
Please follow these instructions exactly:
- E-mail your résumé and writing samples to freelance at howstuffworks dot com.
- Title the e-mail "Freelance Writer: [Areas of Expertise]" (as in "Freelance Writer: Chemistry"). We won't see e-mails that aren't titled this way if they end up in the spam filter.
- In the body of the e-mail, include a cover letter that explains your qualifications and why you want to write for HowStuffWorks.
- Include a résumé and two relevant samples -- you can include them in the body of the e-mail, as attachments or as links to Web pages.
- Send nonfiction samples that demonstrate why you'll be a good fit for HowStuffWorks. Please do not send fiction, poetry or screenplays.
- If sending attachments, use .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf or .txt format.
- If you've followed these guidelines, you should hear back from us, although based on the volume of submissions and our timelines it may not be right away.
We look forward to hearing from you!
About HowStuffWorks, Inc.
Founded in 1998, HowStuffWorks is an award-winning website that is home to thousands of articles, podcasts and videos that explain how the world really works. The site receives nearly 40 million unique visitors and 10 million podcast downloads per month. HowStuffWorks.com is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, and is a division of InfoSpace LLC.