Work for The Skinny

The Skinny is an independent, creative company that seeks to connect curious readers with interesting artists and events.  We have 21 employees and up to 350 freelance contributors at any one time. We aim to offer freedom within your role to work towards our company goals and business vision.

Writers - Fest Magazine Adelaide
Television Critic
Media Sales Executive (Scotland)


We're looking for passionate, informed freelance critics to review shows and write features for Fest at the Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival.

We want writers who are engaged and engaging, capable of analysing performance and communicating their opinions succinctly and vividly. We need expertise in comedy, theatre, cabaret, circus, music and beyond. Fest publishes writing that is knowledgeable yet accessible, geared towards attracting a diverse local readership.

We work to tight deadlines with a high bar of quality and criticism. We expect a quick turnaround on reviews, and a high level of integrity in our contributors.

Fest has established a strong journalistic reputation in just two years in Adelaide, building on what we’ve established over many years back in Edinburgh – it's important for us to maintain that quality in our third year in our new home. We can't do that without talented, driven writers who know the Australian arts festival scene (ideally with prior experience at the Adelaide festivals).

Payment is offered on a per article basis. If you're interested, please send a CV, some examples of your writing and a feature pitch for next year's Adelaide festivals to



The Skinny has been writing about television in earnest for quite a while now, but we're currently on the hunt for writers who are especially keen to write about the most innovative and exciting work happening in the world of television and streaming today.

Do you feel that television deserves as much reverence and critical attention as movies? Would you like to go deep on your latest binge watch? Can you say something that's interesting and new about the latest episode of Game of Thrones? Do you have a love for classic television of yesteryear as well as a handle on where the medium is at now and where it might be heading in the 21st century? If so, you could be perfect for The Skinny's TV section.

If you're interested in writing about television for The Skinny, please send your pitches to, and please include a few samples of your writing. Features and opinion pieces are paid for; there is no budget for reviews. Any questions can be sent to


The Skinny, Scotland’s largest culture and listings magazine is well established as the voice of Scottish culture to the 18-35 year old market across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee for the past fourteen years.

To complement the core team and further expand our client base focusing on the Scottish cultural industries, we are looking to grow our sales team and are on the hunt for talented sales executives based in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

The role will involve:

  1. *Cold calling and proactively sourcing new business leads.
    *Keeping up to date with cultural events and openings in the region to identify sales leads.
    *Managing existing client relationships to identify sales opportunities, including upselling on a regular basis.
    *Managing your own diary to get out and about to meetings and client networking events. These can be outside normal working hours when needed.
    *Presenting and introducing The Skinny and its platforms both on the phone and in person
    *Maintaining a well organised and up to date CRM on a daily basis.
    *Writing proposals and quoting bespoke packages in The Skinny,, The Skinny ZAP! and our other publications including annual Student Supplement, Fest and ad hoc projects.
    *Negotiating rates and commitment deals.
    *Identifying and developing long term media partnerships.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • *Extensive experience in professional media sales within the past 3 years, with a minimum one year's accountable track record across print and digital media platforms
    *Experience using a CRM system
    *Experience working with media buying agencies
    *A strong understanding of the media environment in the UK, especially that which targets trend-setting audiences
    *Proficient computer literacy, with good working knowledge of Google Drive and Gmail
    *New business and account management experience with the ability to approach and understand the marketing needs of a wide range of clients

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • *Experience with online advert servers (Google AdManager) and print pageplans would be a bonus
    *Existing regional advertising contacts and relationships

Personal Criteria:

  • *A good team player, with strong relationship building skills
    *Self starter
    *Ability to work well on your own
    *Positive and friendly attitude
    *Comfortable with speaking on the phone, in person at meetings and during larger presentations
    *Experienced in problem solving, with the ability to handle complex client requests at first point of contact
    *Determined to grow The Skinny’s brand and target driven
    *Able to work well under pressure and to deadline
    *Have a keen sense of culture with an awareness of events in Scotland and beyond

The Skinny prides itself on being forward thinking, supporting emerging talent and developing strong relations across Scotland.

If you think you have what it takes to join Scotland’s leading culture and listings magazine, are keen to make the role your own, and become part of an ever expanding team and a strong creative community then we would love to hear from you.

To apply please send us your CV with a cover letter outlining how you meet the role description and person specification via email to:

Salary: £18k plus commission structure

Closing date: Sun 15 Sep

CONTRIBUTORS (Writers, Illustrators, Photographers)

The Skinny is your magazine: a collaborative effort, it’s put together by people who love their region and its culture, for people who love their region and its culture – and our contributors are known for having something new to say as well as a passion for their areas of expertise.

We are looking for writers, illustrators and photographers on an ongoing basis to help make The Skinny an informed, inspiring, witty and opinionated collection of the voices and talents that makes Scotland such an exciting place to be.

With 35,000+ copies distributed to more than 650 venues, The Skinny gives writers a platform to get their voice heard, and illustrators and photographers an opportunity to showcase their work and build their portfolio.

If you’re a writer: Please introduce yourself to the relevant section editor – see contact details here – and send them two or three samples of your work.

If you’re an illustrator or photographer: Please email with the subject line 'Contributor: illustrator' or 'Contributor: photographer' and let us know your area of expertise/interest (e.g. perhaps you’re a fashion photographer, or would like to try more live music photography) – and please link us to your portfolio where possible rather than attaching large files.