Content Writer (Freelance): Creepy, True Crime, Horror, Urban Legends, Paranormal

Los Angeles, California, United States Contract Allows remote

We are looking for talented writers who are ready to research and write 5 to 10 articles a week for our site. This is a great opportunity to write for a leading entertainment site, in the top 50 of all Internet websites in the United States. Don't take our word for it, check the Quantcast numbers:

In particular, we are currently looking for writers who are experts in creepy stuff (horror, urban legends, true paranormal, etc) and/or HUGE true crime buffs. Here are some examples of the type of creepy writing we love that we've published recently:

12 Morbid and Terrifying Details About David Parker Ray AKA The Toy Box Killer:
16 Coroners Describe the Gnarliest Bodies They've Ever Seen:
Theories About Jack the Ripper That Will Freak You Out:
25 People Describe Their Scariest Family Secrets:
14 Strange and Gruesome Facts About Bog Bodies:
5 Real-Life Exorcisms That Went Horribly Wrong:

This is an assignment and pitch-heavy gig. You will be expected to pitch ideas for articles that will do well on social media and take assignments that are handed to you by our editors and run with them. If your ideas are good, we'll accept lots of your pitches. If you turn in good writing in a timely manner, we'll give you lots of assignments.

This is a paid, remote opportunity. Candidates will be compensated for their work on a per-article basis, based on the length of assignment and level of research required.

Here's what you'll need for us to trust you with tons of assignments:

  • Interest and expertise in creepy subjects; if you are not interested in this particular topic, please look at our other freelance writing positions that better fit your interests.
  • Advanced, thorough research skills.
  • Writing chops that enable you to create an article about anything in a clear, informative, and fun style.

If this sounds exciting, here's what we need from you:

  • Resume and completed application
  • Cover letter giving color/examples of how you meet and exceed the qualifications listed above. And yes, we are looking at your cover letter to get an idea of your writing style, so smart, clever, well-written letters really stand out.
  • One writing sample (in the form of a list) that is relevant to this job description (don't send SEO writing, or journalistic long-form, since that’s not what we're looking for).
  • 3 list ideas about creepy stuff that you would write for us, with two example items that would be on each list.
  • List of topics you are interested in writing about besides creepy stuff: please be as broad as possible, as we’re always looking for writers that have really unique interests.
  • How many assignments you expect to be able to write for us per week, and please keep in mind that we are only looking for freelancers who have enough time to turn in no fewer than 5 assignments per week.

About Ranker:

Ranker is a data-driven media company, the #1 online destination for opinion-based, crowdsourced rankings of everything. The company's technology is centered on user engagement, turning its lists into the “best possible rankings” via the wisdom of crowds. A Quantcast Top 50 site, Ranker attracts more than 30 million monthly unique visitors, and outperforms almost every other publisher in time-on-site per visit. As a result, Ranker is a treasure-trove of consumer sentiment data with more than 250 million votes gathered to date on over 100,000 unique items, generating a deep and precise interest graph which the company is launching as a B2B tool in 2016 to augment the existing ad-based business. Ranker is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

Ranker will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in accordance with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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