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THE TRIREME Award is for the "worst terms since I was last chained to the oars", in the words of one freelance. Continuing yet further a recent run of national dailies who suddenly don't seem to have much money available with which to pay freelances, this month it's awarded to the Guardian.

One contributor submitted a draft to one of its online profession-secific sections: they said they liked it but when she asked after the fee, "they told me that they don't pay for most such pieces".

Worse, "they changed my writing massively - made me sound like a real jerk - without coming back to me. And they added their usual 'please pay for our excellent writers' pitch to readers at the bottom, despite not paying a dime for my work."