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    [Webzine] Cracked

    Hello folks,

    I've wasted enough of my life on Cracked.com that I feel I might be able to click the "Write for Us" button and try my luck with an idea or two I've been ruminating.

    Has anyone here written for them? What is your experience?

    I wasn't able to find their contract on their site. Their Cracked Comedy Workshop Forum (you must have a free account to visit the forum) says they pay $150 on delivery of your draft, then $150 per article for the next four articles, then $250 per article for each one after that. If the article is one of the top 10 for the month, you get an additional $100. Payment is via PayPal.

    To pitch an article idea, you post an up-to 2000-word pitch in their forum (to me they look like rough drafts of the articles), and the editors and other members comment. If the editors like it, it moves into a different forum where the editors will discuss if they want to move ahead with it. If it moves forward, they give you two weeks (with extensions if you need them) to submit your draft, and the article posts about 6 weeks later.
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    I find it humorous that Cracked articles go through such a rigorous process before being published on their site. Most of them seem life fluff to my eye, but I could be wrong. I have seen their recent advertisement of "Write for them and make money". I'll be curious to hear from those who've been paid by them for writing, too. An average of 300 dollars per article, when it seems like two to three articles come out a day, is an awful lot of expense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denevius View Post
    I find it humorous that Cracked articles go through such a rigorous process before being published on their site. Most of them seem life fluff to my eye, but I could be wrong. I have seen their recent advertisement of "Write for them and make money". I'll be curious to hear from those who've been paid by them for writing, too. An average of 300 dollars per article, when it seems like two to three articles come out a day, is an awful lot of expense.
    They pay their writers a reasonable amount. That's not to be sneered at.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    They pay their writers a reasonable amount. That's not to be sneered at.
    7.5 cents a word at $150 for 2000 words. That's pro rates.

    The site is insanely popular. Most of the articles posted just today have tens of thousands of views, and one at 130,000. Their advertising revenue must be huge. What they pay their authors isn't going to break their bank, but is still a good rate for short pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denevius View Post
    I find it humorous that Cracked articles go through such a rigorous process before being published on their site. Most of them seem life fluff to my eye, but I could be wrong.
    They aren't fluff at all. Cracked articles are unusually good at getting facts right. Some of them have ongoing themes of the realities of oppressed subcultures, domestic violence, where people are being deliberately misled, and other deep and important subjects.

    Rigor keeps them smart.

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    I can't tell you how often I've thought about writing for them. Haven't tried it yet. I read there quite a bit.

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    Chris, I'd urge you to go for it. Pro rates, and what's to lose? Your avatar suggests to me they're going to like your stuff.

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    Lol! Thanks everyone. The pitch is almost ready. I'm going to let it incubate a day or two then give it a shot.
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    I second going for it. Cracked.com is legit and they certainly don't just publish fluff; most of their stuff is very well-researched.
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    I've been reading through their articles - a lot of interesting stuff. Many seem list-centric, but well-researched and documented as mentioned upthread. The more I think about it, most online reading tends in that direction anyway (blogs, Medium, etc.) Popular stuff tends to be bullet lists, or top 5, top 10 whatever kind of stuff. I like their app too - makes it easy to read distraction free.

    If it pays, and you can put something together that fits their formula, the money does sound worth the effort (assuming you get approved for a draft).
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    I'd definitely go for it. I considered it myself at one point and made it onto their forum, but I couldn't come up with anything I thought was strong enough to submit, without going over something they had already touched on.
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    Does anybody know what rights they ask for? I don't know if I would ever republish the piece, but it would be nice to know if I could.
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