Glenn Stout, who edits the Best American Sports Writing series, emailed me recently to see if I'd like to get involved with a new project he's overseeing for SBNation.com. Since I'm always looking to help aspiring journalists find new work, I told him I'd post something about it for my readers, all twelve of you.
Here's Glenn telling you all about it:
Over the next few months I will be acquiring sports writing content as Contributing Editor to an as yet untitled special project for SBNation.com scheduled to begin in September. I will be looking for the same kind of stories I look for as Series Editor of The Best American Sports Writing: stories that, after I read them once, I want to read again. We hope to create a place where writers feel their work is valued and respected and attract readers who love good writing.
Although I have some ideas of my own in the upcoming days and weeks I look forward to hearing from freelance writers with original ideas for features, profiles, enterprise, commentaries and columns, personal essays and memoirs, investigative stories, etc.
If you have an idea for a story you’ve wanted to write, or would just like to chat about possibilities, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. But if you’re not interested or available, feel free to pass word of this along to any writers you know who might feel interested. I believe that creating another place for writers helps us all. Let’s build something together.
I will be asking for pitches of individual stories, when you have one send me a couple of paragraphs describing the story you want to write, so I have a clear idea what it is about, how you plan to write it and why you are the person to do it.
Briefly tell me about yourself – who you’ve written for and when.
Include some links or attachments to a couple stories so I have a sense of what you can do.
If there is an element of the story that will make it timely, let me know what that is and when it would be best to appear, the approximate length and time frame – when could you have this completed?
Remember, right now I’m looking for stories to appear from September thru December, and that this is for a national, not niche audience. In general, we’re not doing last night’s news or last night’ game, but features, profiles, commentaries and columns, personal essays and memoirs, investigative stories, etc.
Before writing your pitch or contacting me I strongly suggest taking a look at this brief essay on pitching a story: http://freelance.stanford.edu/reports/pitch/
To be absolutely clear this I an entirely separate enterprise from BASW, for which I continue to serve as series editor.
SB Nation is a top 10 internet sports publisher and the fastest growing one on the web, reaching approximately 35 million fans through its national site, SBNation.com and its 320 owned and operated team sites . SB Nation's audience is the top ranked in the sports category for affluence and education level in the 18-34 male demographic. It is part of Vox Media Inc, an independent digital publisher which also runs TheVerge.com and Polygon.com and is well known for empowering its writers with world class storytelling tools and technologies.
So there you have it. Hop to it.