Become a Salty Running Contributor!

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It’s been a long time coming, but finally, we’re looking for a few good women to join Salty Running.

Do you love to share your foibles, insights, expertise with others? Do you want to be part of an amazing community of runners, an influencer of thousands, a voice in the greater conversation about running? Do you like to wax philosophical or get your science nerd on? Do you constantly find yourself noticing how funny certain parts of running really are?

Then we want you!

More details and how to apply after the jump.

To skip to the Salty Running Contributor Application, go here or to skip to the Application FAQ, go here

What You Get

A fantastic audience, eager to follow your training, learn from it, and cheer you on. You’re also sure to have a great discussion about the topics you write about, our audience loves to dig down deeper! Sharing your work with our community is a chance to inspire and get inspired by thousands of other runners. As a Salty Running contributor, you really are changing the conversation about running.

What’s more, behind the scenes, Salty Running is a close-knit community. Many of us have become lifelong friends as we engage in lively conversations about writing, running, and life. And we are eager to help you get yourself, your work, and the things you care about noticed, even if it’s not what we share on Salty. Once you’re part of the family, we’re here to help you however we can!

friends for life

What We Ask

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 and 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 to which many runners can relate, 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!

Want to help Salty Running, but not sure contributing is right for you?

Several of our current contributors thought they’d never be selected but applied anyway, so if you think you’d enjoy it, please apply!

Even if you don’t write alongside us, we still want to hear your voice! Comment on Salty posts, join in #SaltyChat on Twitter when we come back from our summer break, contact us and let us know what you’d like to see on the site.

Please spread the word! We’re a completely independent publication and we need our readers and members of our community to share the posts they love on social media and to tell all their friends about us to help us get the very best!

Together, our staff, our contributors, and our readers are changing the conversation about running!

join us!

Application period is now closed. **

**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 and choose an angle they think will inspire, teach, 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.

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, led 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!


If you have any questions about Salty Running, the Contributor Application process, or just want to say hi, you can contact us here.

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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