Harp Column Freelance Writer Agreement

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Harp Column magazine as a freelance writer. Please review the following agreement and complete the form at the bottom of this page to accept these terms. (You will need to be logged in to see and submit the form.) 

Harp Column Freelance Writer Agreement

In consideration of the mutual covenants made herein, the parties agree as follows:

Parties. Writer is engaged in the business of writing articles and other materials on a freelance basis. Publisher is engaged in the business of magazine and website publication.

Relationship. The parties expressly agree and acknowledge that the relationship created by this Agreement is one of Independent Contractor. Publisher is not the employer of Writer, and Writer is not, and will not be treated as, an employee of Publisher for federal tax purposes, or any other purposes.

Contract Period. This agreement will begin on the date set forth below and shall continue until terminated as provided by either party. If either party violates a term of this Agreement, then the other party (the “Non-breaching Party”) may terminate this Agreement, effective immediately upon delivery of written notice of termination by the Non-breaching Party. Not withstanding the foregoing, either party may terminate this Agreement at any time for any or no reason, effective upon thirty (30) days written notice.

Services to be Provided by Writer. Writer agrees to submit, on his or her sole initiative, a written article to the Publisher on topic(s) assigned by the editor (the “Article”). The manner and method of producing this Article is solely at the discretion of Writer; Publisher has no right of control over Writer’s manner or method of performance under this Agreement. Writer will submit the Article in accordance with the schedule of copy deadlines being used by the Publisher.

Representations and Warranties of Writer. By submitting an Article to Publisher, Writer represents and warrants that the Article is Writer’s original work, that the Article is not owned by any third party, that the Article is accurate, that the Article has not been obtained by unlawful means, that the Article has not been previously published in any manner or medium, specifically including, but not limited to, print or electronic means, and that publication of the article by Publisher will not violate any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.

Compensation. Publisher agrees to pay Writer the agreed upon fee for the Article if published by Publisher. Under no circumstances will the Writer be paid on an hourly, daily, or other basis that is a function of time. Writer acknowledges and agrees that Publisher will only pay the Writer for Articles that are published and Publisher has the sole and exclusive authority to determine whether or not to publish any and all Articles submitted by Writer. Writer understands and agrees that Publisher may publish, at its sole discretion, any number of photographs less than or equal to those submitted by Writer with the Article.

Taxes. As an Independent Contractor, Writer shall be responsible for the reporting, deposit, and payment of any and all federal, state, and local taxes, including but not limited to income taxes, FICA taxes, and unemployment taxes incidental to the performance of, or payment under this Agreement.

Assignment and Ownership of Intellectual Property. Writer hereby understands and agrees that all Articles submitted to, and published by, Publisher under this Agreement shall be considered works for hire, and further, to the extend any intellectual property right does not pass pursuant to a work for hire, Writer hereby assigns to Publisher 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 Publisher sees fit. 

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