Freelance Writing Rates

These rates are based on the 2010 National Freelance Rates approved by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and apply to all genres except poetry. They apply to prose (such as articles or short fiction for magazines, journals or newspapers) which is commissioned on a freelance or casual basis and previously unpublished. See the MEAA website for more information.

  • Per day = $878.00
  • Per half day = $585.00 (2/3 day rate)
  • Per hour = $219.00
  • 1000 words or less = $892.00
  • Per word thereafter = $0.89

Wilson da Silva’s Short Guide to Freelance Journalism is available from the ASA website.

Cancellation fee

In the event of a late cancellation of a commissioned piece, a cancellation or "kill fee" to the writer should apply.

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