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HELP WANTED: Write For Barn Finds!

Have you always dreamed of becoming an automotive journalist? Here’s your chance! We are looking for a few people to add to our team of talented writers. All you need to have is an automotive obsession and the ability to write. This is a paid position and you can work from anywhere. Keep reading to learn how to apply.

Applicants Should Be Able To:

  • Follow written instructions.
  • Write complete sentences.
  • Use correct punctuation.
  • Research automotive history.
  • WordPress experience is a plus.

How To Apply:

  1. Find one vehicle that you think fits the theme of the site.
  2. Write a 4-paragraph post using the same format we do.
  3. Email the story and a paragraph about yourself to

Posts can be written in a word processor and then attached to your email. Remember that plagiarism is not acceptable. Pay will be based on your ability to publish without edits. These instructions may seem simple, but this is all we need to determine if you’re a good fit. Applications are due Sunday night (May 15th) but don’t delay because the first ones received will get preferential treatment.


  1. 370zpp 370zpp Member

    This is potentially a unique opportunity for the right person.

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    • Howard A Member

      Crabby old truck drivers need not apply,,, :)

      Like 18
      • BigBlocksRock

        Hey! I resemble that remark.;)

        Like 2
      • Lincoln B Member

        Crabby old truck mechanics need not apply.

        Like 1
      • LMK Member

        Howard A, You’d be great at this….

    • LilLost2

      I always manage to miss chance’s like this! But then again I would just write about Squarebody’s cause I’m in love with them! And I’m sure alot of folks would get tired of reading about them!

      Like 1
  2. Jennifer Brown

    I think this is perfect for my husband. He has been rebuilding muscle cars since the 60’s, not to mention he is a mechanic by trade. He is like a walking encyclopedia of classic cars! Application on the way.

    Like 18
  3. montagna_lunga

    Satch? SATCH!! Should I?

    xoxoxo Phelpsie

    Like 4
    • losgatos_dale

      but…wordpress? Learn something new? Heck those two turbos are still in the yard!

      Like 1
  4. Mike

    Given people’s use of smart phone texting short hand, requiring people to write complete sentences might be too high of a hurdle to clear.

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    • Acton Tommy

      That was funny! sadly true though….

      Like 11
      • jw


  5. Acton Tommy

    The timing is right, ski season is over, I just might apply. This sounds like a great gig.

    Like 2
  6. Kevin

    This has always been,and will be my passion, I love classic cars and writing about them,so highly considering applying, was my sentence structure ok?,and punctuation.

    Like 7
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Good one Kevin.

      Like 6
      • Jcs

        LOL, need to consult with the on staff “comma man.” I will admit that he has gotten considerably better.

        Like 6
    • Don Eladio

      Not even close.

    • jwaltb


  7. Hank Kaczmarek

    As a published Automotive Journalist (Great Grilles of the 50’s) I think I’m going to give this one a whirl.

    Like 5
    • Norman Reyome

      Wasn’t that a BBQ book? Good Luck anyhoo…

      Like 11
  8. Patrick Faria

    I’ve sent mine too. I’m good at fiding something interesting about the malaise era and those bubbletronics – anything between 1973 and 1996 is on my radar, the classic coke-bottles are for other auction websites or concours d’elegances. We want old junks sitting here and there.

    • Don Eladio


      …and, run-on sentences are not good, grammatically speaking.

      Like 2

    How much do they pay?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      We pay per post and it all depends on if you can write without us having to edit everything.

  10. billy1

    Whoa, talk about digging up an old thread.

    @Don Eladio, at least it wasn’t a dangling participle.

    Like 1
    • morrisangelo

      For those of us who don’t use our dangling participles much these days, this looks to be a great opportunity.

      Like 1
  11. Kenneth Carney

    Jesse, can I still submit articles without
    using WordPress? I’m legally blind and use a specially equipped tablet that might be incompatible with that platform. And don’t let the legally blind
    thing scare you, I’ve been tinkering with
    old cars for most of my life and I know
    what I’m talking about. My parents told
    me that I could do anything I set my mind to except drive!

    Like 4
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Sure, just follow the steps provided and we will take a look. Thanks for your interest!

      Like 1

    I get this job opeing on Oct 7 and the applications are due Oct 8th?

    Like 1
    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      That was done on purpose actually. We are looking for writers with quick turn around. Thanks!

  13. Jc

    ?? And it pays? W no editing needed?

  14. Matt C

    I would love to do this on a part time basis, I’m sure the pay wouldnt be enough full time, but this would be fun for just about any car enthusiast that has decent grammatical abilities.

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Writers are paid per post so it can be part time or full time depending on your schedule and abilities.

  15. Frank

    We do everyday at no charge to Barnfind and some do not hold back!

    Just think people one year of research with Barnfind will make you a knowledgeable car guy. Instead of owning a used car lot and kicking tires at the auctions every week or working at a friends restoration shop.

  16. Frank

    Ex-technical writers preferred with an automotive background.

    • Frank D Member

      That’s me! GEAE Technical Publications Technical Writer on GE Military and Commercial engines with an FAA A&P license. We write concise sentences to an 8th grade reading level following US Military Writing Specifications. We plagiarize to keep the price per page down.

  17. erik in ri

    hey can an all-caps writer apply? no?? so sad!!

    Like 2
    • Howie

      good one erik!!

  18. Glen

    I just emailed my submission. I’m dyslexic, so I hope the good folks at BF don’t ding me too hard for that. J/K! I’m actually quite excited. Looking forward to a response – good or bad.

  19. Dawson H.

    I submitted mine just now. Journalism, but especially journalism to something I hyperfixate on, is something I dream of doing. Hope to get a reponse!

  20. Macfly

    No mention of potential compensation?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      Sure there is. Please go back and read the info above. Thanks!

      • Todd Johansen

        I really appreciate the opportunity to write for y’all. When should we expect to hear back about the articles we submitted last week?

      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        With almost 100 applications to review, it’s going to take a little while to get back to everyone. Thanks for your patience.

        Like 1
  21. Glen

    I’d never heard of WordPress til now… downloaded the app, but I haven’t had time to figure out how to use it.

    I sure as hell will quickly learn if given the opportunity to write for BF. I’m living proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

    Like 1
  22. morrisangelo

    If I may ask, who ended up being chosen for this position?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      We hired a few last year but this is a new round.

      • morrisangelo

        Jesse, does this new round require new submissions, or are you considering applicants from that last group?

      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

        New submissions. If you didn’t get hired last time around, there was a reason. Thanks.

        Like 1
  23. Wayneo

    Would you consider an Australian writer? I can’t really add much more to your coverage of American cars, but maybe there’s some interest in Australian market cars?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      That would be fine but you would have you cover US market cars. Adam, one of our top writers, lives in Tasmania.

  24. billy1

    Thus, if you weren’t hired from the last round-don’t apply again?

    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Mortensen Staff

      No, just be sure to follow the application instructions as best you can.

  25. Macfly

    It would be helpful to have had some feedback from the last time but there was no response provided since prior submission.

    Like 2
  26. J R Jones Member

    Does Barn Finds have a D & B? What is the HR policy on employee harassment and self-inflicted physical inappropriateness?

  27. Ivaylo Gramatikov

    I trully hope whomever they pick as a new writer abstains from using the pronouns “I”, “me”,and “myself”, along with the acronims IMO and IMHO every other paragraph. Also, it would be helpful if they concentrated on describing the vehicle they are writing about, instead of dating themselves and boring their readers to death with highschool parking lot stories from the 60’s and 70’s.

  28. billy1

    Ivaylo, the word is ” acronyms”. Just though I would give you a helping hand.

    Like 1

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