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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

10 Halal Writing Opportunities for May 13, 2009

Today's List of Writing Opportunities:

Experienced bloggers to write about cancer, HIV, pain management, and other topics

Bloggers to write about home furnishing topics

Website management and writing in the field of education
($20 per hour)

Part-time writers for newspaper in Stafford County

Technical writer in Maryland - scientific field
($50,000-$55,000 per year)

Write about anti-spyware product
($40 per hour)

Medical/scientific writer and marketer

Article with tight deadline on travel to New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada
($400-$450 for 1,500 words)

Writer/editor for computer training and curriculum development team
(on-site in Houston, Texas)

Full-time reporter for newspaper
(near Houston, Texas)

Not sure what is meant by halal?

See: Standards Used to Determine Halal Writing Opportunities


Anonymous said...


I am writing to vent my frustration at Muslim/Islamic publications & ask your advice for my future course of action. I don't know why it is assumed that all writing for this genre/group has to be on 'charity-basis'. I am a Muslim writer who wishes to make freelance writing as my full-time work, but unfortunately, it seems that if i want to benefit monetarily for my time & effort, it has to be from the secular sources. I love to write about Islam & Muslim relevant subjects because i find them fulfilling and a dawah-form, but somehow, to expect to be paid for them elicit remarks like, 'don't you want ajr for it?'

I had signed a freelance writer's agreement form with a commercial muslims magazine. It stated that the writer will get a nominal compensation for published article and all rights to article will then belong to the magazine. The magazine would be free to offer the writer's article for syndication and will share 50% of any fees generated.

I received payment (very nominal) for my first article published in that magazine. When it came time for the next payment for articles in the following issue, we (all writers) received mail stating that the magazine's financial situation is critical to the extent that they had to borrow funds to pay the printers. They asked for understanding and patience from their writers. And stated that if someone is 'desperately' in need, then they will try paying him/her.

Its been a year since then and we have not heard of any payment possibility so far. We have continued to write for that publication & the magazine has continued to run. I'm frustrated and disappointed with this attitude. I don't like the idea of writing to them to ask (beg?) for my rightful & due compensation because that would mean (according to them) that i am not 'understanding' or am 'impatient' or 'desperately needy'. I'm non of those, but its been a year of writing for them and its fair to expect compensation for my time & effort.

What is worst is that i recently discovered that this publication has also been syndicating our articles to other websites. I as a writer have not been officially informed of that, nor have they mentioned my entitlement of a 50% breakup fee in case they made money out of it. This really had me frustrated as i had no control over my article for which i have not been paid for originally & they are syndicating it themselves. I don't like to use that word, but i do feel exploited and Allah knows best.

If i bring these issues up with them, there is a high chance that our professional relationship will get negatively affected and i don't want that to happen. I love that publication and would like to continue to be a part of it. But if i continue in this frustration, i fear losing my intended ajr.

Why can't Islamic/Muslim publications respect the work of writers? What should i do?

precisiontext said...

As-salamu Alaykum, and thank you for leaving this comment. I will respond in detail as soon as I am able and encourage others to share their views and experiences in the meantime.

This blog is maintained by Amel Abdullah, a freelance writer, editor, and Arabic to English translator.