Project Kill Fees

A Kill Fee is the amount paid to the freelancer when a project is killed or cancelled by the editor before it is completed and published. The purpose of a Kill Fee is to compensate the freelancer for any work done up to the point when the editor decides the project is no longer needed.


  • The amount is agreed upon in advance by the freelancer and organization.
  • The project must have been agreed to by both parties and the terms accepted. 
  • Negotiated before the project is accepted.
  • The editor kills the project before it is completed.


The use and amount of Kill Fees will vary from one organization to another.

  • Editors may include a Kill Fee as part of an assignment they send a freelancer.
  • Freelancers may include a Kill Fee as part of the pitch they send to an editor or organization.

Note: A Kill Fee will only be paid out to the freelancer when the project is killed by the editorA Kill Fee will never be paid out if the freelancer kills the project before it is completed. In this situation, no payment will be made to the freelancer.

Once a project is killed, it is closed. If a Kill Fee is to be paid, it will appear on the Transaction list.



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