Freelance Guidelines

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay is always seeking qualified, talented freelancers. If you're interested in freelancing for us, please follow these guidelines.

1. If you haven't already done so, familiarize yourself with Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. In features, culture, food, and music, we try not not cover the same subject or topic in a two-year period unless there is a compelling new angle. Regular columns are written by staff or dedicated freelancers. Most other formats are open to freelancers. Please note standard article lengths and take them into consideration when pitching a story.

2. Send a brief cover letter, resume, two relevant writing samples, and at least one story pitch to the appropriate editor. Email queries are encouraged. If your writing samples are archived on the web, you may include links rather than the full text. If they don't paste the content of any attachments into the body of the email. If we are interested, we will respond via email. Patience, persistence, and politeness pay off.

Email your news freelance submissions to:
Ray Roa, Editor-in-chief

3. Editors occasionally assign pieces to freelancers, but successful freelancers also generate interesting story ideas. Pitch early and often.

4. For new writers, we might assign an article on "spec," which means you turn in a completed article. If we like it, we publish it and pay you. If we don't, then the piece does not run and there is no kill fee.

5. When you begin freelancing for us, you will receive additional instructions on topics including deadlines, pay rates, pay schedules, and CL's policies, including a code of ethics.

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The St. Pete home of former Burger King president and UF board member John Dasburg is for sale

Well, you can certainly "have it your way," with this home currently on the market in St. Petersburg. Located at 4987 59th…

By CL Staff

The St. Pete home of former Burger King president and UF board member John Dasburg is for sale
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Photos: Elvis Presley's old rusty jet will go to auction in Florida next month

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By Colin Wolf

Photos: Elvis Presley's rusty pink jet will go to auction in Florida next month
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27 of the best Florida books to cozy up with this winter

“Cozy” is a complicated concept in central Florida, especially when it comes to the winter. We just don’t have the same touchstones…

By Caroline DeBruhl, Ray Roa

The Dec. 1, 2022 cover of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.
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The best Tampa Bay spots for Christmas trees, sledding, skating, meeting Santa and other holiday experiences

The holiday season is upon us, and its the perfect opportunity to get together with family and enjoy some (fake) snow, holiday…

By Min Craig

Enchant Christmas

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Nov. 25-Jan. 1
Featuring a 100-foot-tall lighted Christmas tree, Enchant Christms presents a holiday event you can get lost in. Tropicana Field is transformed into a decorated story-themed maze where you can enjoy the lights while embarking on a mission to help Santa save Christmas by keeping an eye out for pieces of his broken Magic Timepiece along the way. Find all of the pieces for a chance to win a prize at the end of your visit. The event will also feature ice skating, snacks, activities for kids and cocktails for adults. Tickets range from $20-$30.
Photo via Enchant Christmas/Facebook
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December 1, 2022

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