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 25 Black-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay everyone should know about

There's plenty of praise to pass around when it comes to Tampa Bay's restaurants. But any examination of our local dining scene…

By Tyana Rodgers

Yuppi
1821 E 7th Ave and 9024 W Hillsborough Ave., Town 'N' Country
 At Yuppi's two locations—and especially at its Ybor City counter on 7th Avenue—Executive Chef Kyle Luke is known for whipping up the infamous “Yuppi Wings,”  with a sauce that is sweet, savory, and tangy (definitely squeeze the lime on it). The half and half special is great for newcomers because it features a little bit of everything, two proteins, and two sides. Choose between fish, shrimp and the Yuppi pattie, which is actually a plant-based burger.
Photo via website
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Review: In Tampa, 19,000 fans revel in Bruce Springsteen's return to the concert stage [PHOTOS]

In February 2017, Antoinette Switzer was in Auckland, New Zealand to see Bruce Springsteen play MT Smart Stadium. Unbeknownst to her, and…

By Ray Roa

Review: In Tampa, 19,000 fans revel in Bruce Springsteen's return to the concert stage [PHOTOS]
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You can now rent Tom Brady's Tampa home on Davis Islands for $60K a month

After 23 seasons, Tom Brady is finally ready to call it quits, again, and now the Davis Islands pad he called home…

By CL Staff

You can now rent Tom Brady's Tampa home on Davis Islands for $60K a month
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Photos: Students, lawmakers, rally as revamped New College board removes President Patricia Okker

Six conservative board members recently appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to remove New College President Patricia Okker and replace her on an…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Students, lawmakers, rally as New College board removes President Patricia Okker
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