Welcome to the latest episode of the Great Salty Running Contributor Search, where you can apply to become part of the next class of Saltines. A panel of our finest runners and writers will decide which of our amazing applicants will join our team! Whether you’re a yuge training log fan, a lover of race reports, find the feely posts fantastic, or can’t get enough of our training tips, if you have something unique to say and a flare for saying it, we want YOU!
If you would like to be considered for one of our open contributor spots, please read our criteria. Then fill out the form below and send us a writing sample by midnight EST on Sunday, September 4, 2016*. We will make selections and notify you shortly thereafter.
***If you have previously applied for a contributor spot*** we have updated our application and request that you fill out this form below to be considered.
If you have any questions, please see the FAQ below the application or send us an email any time.
Can’t wait to hear from you!
SALTY CONTRIBUTOR CRITERIA
We are committed to representing the lifestyle diversity of women who love to run, so we’re looking for new contributors that have individuality! In addition, all Salty Running Contributors must:
- have a developed writing style or voice
- have a ton of enthusiasm for the sport of running
- update frequently (as often as 2 times a week)
- love to share their training experiences, insights, research, tips, etc.
- share pictures of themselves and their running life
Each week, submit one training log post, which is a simple, quick run-down of your week in running. To read our current contributor training logs go here.
Each month, you will write two-four substantive posts. These are expected to be 600-1000+ words, well-researched with sources cited/linked when applicable, and, most importantly, be written for the benefit of the reader. Our best posts answer a common question runners have, relate an experience many runners can relate to, weigh in on a controversy, or make us laugh until we pee.
How long you contribute to Salty Running can vary. Generally we ask you to commit a minimum of three months, but writers often end up staying longer. Some of our best writers, like Ginger and Ginkgo, have been with us since the very beginning!
*Writing Sample Criteria
- 600-1200 words
- One or two photos (no more no less) attached
- Written for the reader about a running-related topic of your choosing
- Hosted somewhere on the Internet, so you can include a url in your application (e.g. favorite post on your personal blog, a Google Doc, etc.)
- Examples from your experience are great ways to back up points or segue into a topic, but this particular piece should not be a personal story. No race reports, please.
**No late applications will be accepted. Judgement criteria is subjective; all applications and writing samples are made anonymous, then reviewed and ranked by an impartial panel of Salty Running contributors.
Q: How is writing for Salty Running different from writing for my blog?
A: When writers write for Salty Running, they’re writing for the reader. Our writers don’t just write what they feel like writing, they pick a topic of their choosing and choose an angle that they think will help, inspire, or entertain our audience. Personal stories are also welcome, but they should, for the most part, have a clear objective of offering perspective or information to the reader.
Next, other people are counting on you, so deadlines are important! By writing with us you are committing to writing a training log each week, plus 2-4 substantive posts per month, with the option to get involved in our regular features, like Readers’ Roundtables, Quizzes, and the satirical Friday 5 feature. We ask our new writers to commit to at least three months (with the possibility of renewal at the end of the term).
Best of all though, you become part of a community of amazing running women, including veteran marathoners, 100-mile ultrarunners, elites and sub-elites, beginners, masters runners and everyone in between, which means access to a whole wealth of other perspectives. Our team of writers is truly a team. Behind the scenes we exchange ideas, help each other with articles, and reach out for help with our training and our lives. Everyone of us believes in our mission to change the conversation about the sport of running and we all realize it starts with us.
Q: I already have a running blog. Why would I want to write for Salty Running?
Writing for Salty Running is a great way to hone your writing skills, reach a wider audience, and share your knowledge and insights with the running community.
Q: What are some good writing topics?
A: The answer lies within you, grasshopper. Think about the sort of things you like reading on Salty Running and try something similar. If you’re stuck, try sharing something that changed your running life, kvetching about something that really drives you crazy, discussing research on a particular topic or discussing an ethical dilemma. But don’t limit yourself there – if there’s something you think will make a great topic, use it! Passion is your greatest ally!
Q: Why can’t the writing sample be a personal story?
A: Because our site is committed to publishing work that enriches its readers, we want to ensure that kind of writing is a good match for your voice.
Q: Does you’re speeling and grammer count?
A: Yes, but they’re not the most important thing.
Q: If I don’t get chosen, can I resubmit?
A: Yes! You can resubmit next time we have an open call. We generally get more great applications than we have openings, so we encourage writers to re-apply.
Q: If I don’t get chosen, can I appeal?
A: Sure, you can try! Enthusiasm is definitely worth points. Remember, we can’t guarantee we’ll have the extra space though.
Q: Who decides which applications are accepted?
A: The Salty Running Editorial team, lead by Salty.
Q: Are Salty Running writers paid?
A: Not yet, unfortunately. That’s something we’re working toward.
Q: Why can’t I use a race report as my writing sample?
A: Race reports are usually personal stories. Race reports can be very inspiring, entertaining, and are wonderful, but they are about you. We want to see what you can write for our audience.
Q: Why can I only submit one or two photos?
A: We love seeing your beautiful photos and often include more than two in work published on SR, but this time we want your writing to be the star.
Q: What if I am accepted but decide I’m not ready to commit to Salty Running?
A: We know writing for SR is a commitment and if you decide you’re not ready that’s okay. We just ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can fill the spot with someone else. Don’t worry, there will be no hard feelings at all and if you decide to re-apply next time, we’ll be here!