So you want to write for SB Nation? You've come to the right place. This will answer all of your questions about applying to be a part of our 320 plus sports web sites. The one key message to remember here before you read any of these is this...we are not an open platform who accepts anyone who applies. We judge both writing talent and dedication to your area of expertise before ever agreeing to let you write for our properties.
- Who should apply?
We'll take an application from anyone but if you want to GREATLY increase your chances of becoming a writer on our team sites, the best thing you can do is to pick a community and write FanPosts for that chosen community. Ingratiate yourself with that community and show that you are a leader and can remain dedicated.
- Wait, what's a community, I want to write for SBNation.com!?
SB Nation isn't just sbnation.com. We have over 300 individual "team" or "sport" sites that cover everything from the Oakland Athletics to the Columbus Blue Jackets to Manchester United to the sport of cycling. Here's our list of blogs. Don't just write and say, "I want to write for you." That's not how we work. Pick a community or pick a specialty and approach those sites first before submitting anything to us.
- So once you've picked a community, what should you do?
Go make an account there. Start participating in comments, FanPosts and elsewhere. FanPosts are one of the best components of our network because it allows you to showcase your thoughts, writing and opinion without having to go through a filter to get it out in the wild. Just make sure and adhere to the community guidelines when posting something. We have 300 plus sites and we allow most of these sites to moderate the sites as they see fit. Some communities allow profanity and some do not. That's why it's crucial for you to spend time reading in those communities before you participate there to get the tone of what's happening there.
- But, but, I don't want to be restricted to writing about one team! I'm great at everything.
That may be the case but we rarely hire writers for SBNation.com. Even the folks who write for SBNation.com are often specialists in a given sport. And a good number of those people started in our team communities before being promoted to writing for SBNation.com.