Do you want to write for SB Nation? Excellent. We want to hear from you! Here’s how you can find our list of opportunities at team blogs, along with answers to some questions you might have.
Except where otherwise noted, all of our positions are part-time, contract roles compensated with a monthly stipend. All of the current openings at SB Nation’s team blogs can be found under the SB Nation Freelance header on Vox Media’s careers page.
What do contributors do?
Typically, site contributors write at least twice a week on topics of their choosing, although alternative arrangements can be worked out with their site manager. Contributors may also potentially help with social media promotion, copy editing, or other site duties.
What do managers do?
In addition to writing regularly, site managers also recruit other writers, edit and schedule other pieces, and manage social media for the sites. Site managers decide what gets published on the team sites, and will work with SB Nation management for training. More specific detailed duties can be found in their specific job description. This is a larger time commitment than site contributors.
Why should I write for SB Nation?
There are lots of reasons! If you love sports and love writing, SB Nation provides the best platform to engage with other fans and promote your work. It has the best publishing platform, a strong brand, excellent training, and an amazing team.
SB Nation alumni have gone on to work for SBNation.com, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports, SI.com, Grantland, and numerous other outlets. Others have used their experience with SB Nation to give themselves additional professional opportunities in marketing, social media, advertising, and more. If you're looking to start a media-focused career, or are just a passionate sports fan looking to advance the conversation, there isn't a better place to start than with SB Nation.
But don't just take our word for it!
Derek Smith, Bring On The Cats:
"It didn't take long after I joined the staff at Bring On The Cats for me to see the opportunity that writing for SB Nation provides. A year after joining the staff, I had the idea to write a longform piece on K-State's 2003 Big 12 Championship. Through my affiliation with SB Nation, I was able to secure interviews with a number of former players as well as fulfilling a lifelong dream of interviewing legendary head coach Bill Snyder. The three month process of researching and writing the piece was one of the greatest experiences of my life so far. For anyone who dreams of being a serious writer but never had the chance, SB Nation is a great place to start."
Stephanie Haynes, Bloodyelbow.com:
I've been a member of combat sports media for more than a decade, but it wasn't until I started writing for SB Nation that I was recognized as a "respected contributor" to the sports community. Now, four- plus-years into my tenure with them, I've interviewed and written long form features on the likes of such heavy hitters as celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain, UFC lead commentator/stand-up comedian, Joe Rogan and wingsuit flyer/adventurer, Jeb Corliss. I don't believe that would've happened without the help of the team I work with at SBN.
In addition to the experience and wealth of journalistic tips and guidance I've received, working alongside a group of people with a similar passion for sports fostered the sense of having a second family, and I've developed some wonderful friendships with my SBN team. If you have a passion to be involved with the sports community, but are unable to compete professionally, this could be a golden opportunity for you contribute in another way that is just as fulfilling and with lasting impact.
Martin Rickman, Uproxx:
"I can safely say without hyperbole that I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for SB Nation. No, really. And it's almost not a stretch to say I wouldn't be who I am without the network either. The contacts I've made, the skills I've gained, the endless repetition and practice, the freestyling, the endless amount of people I can turn to if I have a question about anything, they've all shaped me and molded me and helped guide me on this crazy winding path I'm on.
Being comfortable with myself and my abilities must have been good for me as SI approached me in 2013 to possibly replace Holly Anderson (a fellow SBN alum) at Campus Union. There isn't a day that goes by now where I'm not talking with at least one, if not half a dozen people from SBN. They're my contemporaries, my colleagues, but most importantly, my friends. It's a special place because it's filled with special people."
Are these positions paid?
Yes. Neither are full time, but both site manager and contributor positions are paid a monthly stipend.
I want to write somewhere that doesn’t have any openings posted. What should I do?
Your best bet is to contact the site manager of that particular blog (you can find their contact info under the masthead), or start writing FanPosts/being a participating member of that community.