Are you a hilarious genius who loves to write? Are you an expert on Harry Potter, classic literature, Shakespeare, and surviving social interactions despite being cripplingly awkward? Are you looking to earn a little extra cash because those Crunchwrap Supremes don’t buy themselves? PERFECT. The editors of the SparkNotes blog are searching for smart, funny, bookish people to write for us—and here’s how you can be one of them.
What we need from you: Send a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org that shows us you understand our audience, content, and tone (hint: you’ll probably want to spend some time reading our site before you get started). We publish funny, engaging, literary-related content geared toward high school- and college-aged students (and we keep things PG-13, so steer clear of mentioning booze/drugs/sex).
What you should write about: Fictional characters you love. Fictional characters you hate. Surviving high school. Social media. Shakespeare. Harry Potter. Make it a list. Make it a pie chart. It doesn’t matter what it is—just make sure it’s GOOD. We’re not fussy about length, but we do have short attention spans—so hook us right at the beginning, and wrap things up at 1,500 words max.
Need an example? Check these out! (Quick note: you don’t have to know Photoshop to work for us—you write the copy, we’ll do the visuals.)
You’ll be working remotely, so you don’t have to live in New York.
If you’re really proud of your résumé, feel free to include it, but your writing sample is much more important to us than the fact that you spent a semester teaching baby raccoons to beatbox while you were getting your PhD in neuroscience at Harvard.
Our starting rate is $50/1-page post, $50/quiz, and $15/slide, and you can write as much as you want (contingent upon your editor’s approval).
Your submissions will be read by the blog editors (Chelsea Dagger and Elodie), but the final decision will be left up to our editorial director.
And in case you didn’t catch it the first time, make sure to send your sample (and any questions you might have) right here: email@example.com.