LAist Wants Your Freelance Submissions

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Fishing for stories (Photo by Culture Shlock via the LAist Featured Photos pool)

LAist is looking to expand and deepen our coverage of Los Angeles, and we're paying.

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet—stories that help the reader better understand Los Angeles and the people living in it. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of governmental incompetence is just as welcome as a 500-word profile on your favorite strip mall gem. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque municipal board meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the joys of working for a dog-walking marijuana delivery service or the hazards of donning a Spongebob Squarepants costume on Hollywood Boulevard.

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it. We look forward to pitches on food, crime and pop culture. The only thing we don't want is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length. Please go here to share a submission or pitch.