Author fees and contracts

1 November 2013
Writers Victoria

What rate should you charge for your writing or workshop? Rates of pay can vary from organisation to organisation.

Each magazine, newspaper, or journal will have a standard rate of pay. This information is usually available on their website, or you may need to contact them directly.

Sites like Hey Pay Up gather the rates of pay for a variety of publications in the one place (although nothing beats contacting the publication directly to get the most up-to-date information).

You can read more about what Writers Victoria pays our writers on this website.

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) publishes recommended rates of pay for:

  • book publishing
  • freelance writing
  • prose anthology rates
  • poetry
  • poetry anthology rates
  • online use rates
  • book illustration
  • comics and graphic novels
  • public appearances
  • judging
  • travel / expenses
  • superannuation

The ASA also provides information on copyright, permissions and contracts.