Sample Freelance Writing Contract

Sample Freelance Writing Contract

Sample Freelance Writing Contract

The following is a sample contract I use for clients who hire me to produce work for hire as a freelance writer.  If you are a freelancer yourself, feel free to use this contract as a template yourself.

For potential or current clients: Some terms of this contract are negotiable during the onboarding process of a new project.  This copy is to serve only as a sample of the most frequent and accepted terms.


The purpose of this letter is to outline the scope of the writing services that DANIEL MATTIA (“Writer”) will perform for [CLIENT] (“Client”).

Services to Render:

Writer agrees to write [PROJECT] of [WORD COUNT] due [DUE DATE].  Writer guarantees Client with one (1) first draft and one (1) revision per piece of work.

Writer assures Client that any final work submitted is of a commercially-reasonable and acceptable quality in accordance with the stylistic guidelines provided by Client; is factually sound; and is of comparable quality to published content available on Client’s website.

Client will provide any relevant information to Writer to help facilitate the accuracy and content of each assignment and is responsible for the hosting and publishing of each finished piece of work.


The fee for this service will be $[FEE].

A deposit of $[DEPOSIT] will be due upon initial signing of this document.  This deposit is non-refundable except in the event Writer does not deliver according to the terms of this contract.  This deposit constitutes a “kill fee” in the event Client terminates this contract prematurely before the final deadline.

Additional Costs:

Additional revisions beyond the first will cost $[ADDITIONAL COSTS].

Additional rewrites will be $[REWRITE FEE].


This contract will be in effect immediately upon signing and remain in effect for a total of [CONTRACT LENGTH] from the date of signing.  Extension of this agreement will require the signing of a new contract.

Terms of Payment:

$[FINAL FEE] will be due upon submission of the final work.  Client has 15 days to pay after final work is submitted and invoice is sent to pay Writer (Net-15).

Late Fees:

There will be a 1.5% late fee for each month that funds are not received by the agreed-upon date of payment.  The late fee applies after the Net-15 period.

Assignment and Ownership of Intellectual Property:

Writer hereby understands and agrees that all Articles submitted to, and published by, Client under this Agreement shall be considered works for hire, and further, to the extent any intellectual property right does not pass pursuant to a work for hire, Writer hereby assigns to Client all rights to publish the Article, and all previously submitted articles of Writer, in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, including without limitation the rights to archive, republish, edit, repackage, or revise any Article in any manner as Client sees fit.


Upon receipt and acceptance of work submitted to Client by Writer, Client relinquishes Writer of any and all liabilities, damages, claims, costs, expenses, or losses associated with Client’s defense.  Writer provides the work as-is and Client’s acceptance of such work constitutes transfer of associated liabilities, etc. with the work.  Writer guarantees that the work is written with the best of intentions, is free of plagiarism, and includes no slander, libel, or factually-incorrect information.  Client’s acceptance of submitted work represents Client’s agreement that the work is legally suitable for publishing and distribution.  Writer is not responsible for any changes or edits made to the piece after work is submitted and accepted by Client.