Frequently Asked Questions
+ What counts as a story?
Any original piece of writing. It could be a story, a poem, a screenplay – whichever format you feel best captures your experience.
+ What are the criteria for stories?
Stories have to be factual, your own original work and suitable for a wide audience. A first-hand account of your own experience of being active is ideal, preferably as a participant – but it could be a match you watched, a race you volunteered at, a walk long the canal you did, or your feelings on supporting a son or daughter in their first competition.
Stories work best if there’s a human element – a bit of humour, pain, frustration or elation goes a long way. A blow-by-blow or kick-by-kick account of a match or game is unlikely to be a great read even for the most ardent fan, unless you can add something extra to it.
Short stories work as well as longer ones. 500 words is a good length, but it’s up to you: a six-line poem or a 5,000 word marathon story can be equally good in their own way.
+ How long should my story or article be?
As little as half a page, as much as twenty pages (or roughly 10,000 words). But don’t worry if you feel you’ve got a book in you – we’ll be happy to use an extract to showcase your writing as long as it meets our general criteria.
+ Can I get help in writing?
We will be running workshops on writing on an ad-hoc basis through the year - so follow us via twitter or on Facebook for more information. But there is no right or wrong style – we’d love to hear your ‘voice’ through your own writing style.
+ Do you have a deadline for submitting sports writing?
There’s no general deadline – for individual book projects we may have specific deadlines for submission, but in general we're always happy to receive contributions. If in doubt drop us an email.
+ Do you pay for contributions, or pay royalties on published work?
Our general model is that all proceeds from book sales go back into our social enterprise, with a proportion being shared with our charity partners. Stories are given freely by the many contributors we are working with: the benefit to authors is that their work is brought to a wider audience; and helps raise funds for good causes.
If you have written a sports- or exercise-related book and are looking for a publisher then we are happy to have a chat - drop us an email.
+ What counts as a sport?
Any outdoor activity, physical exercise or sport which helps you get fitter - from football to rounders, climbing to sailing, archery to walking. And if you want to write about the pleasures of a gentle stroll, jogging, or how a fitness class has changed your life for the better, then do – we’d love to hear about it.
+ Do I have to be an active sports person?
No. But we’d love it if you are (or were) and can talk from first-hand experience. But we are equally happy to hear from ardent spectators, supporters and family members, as long as you’ve got an entertaining experience to write about.
By active sportsperson - well, if you've just done your first fitness class for twenty years you still count as active as far as we're concerned, you've just started the journey...
+ Do you have some examples of stories I can read?
+ Can I submit photographs to add to my story?
Yes! Please ensure that you have consent from the photographer first. Also check that you have consent of the subject and if they are under 18 years the permission of their parent or guardian.
Please send your photos into: firstname.lastname@example.org making sure that you mention the title of your story and who the photographer is.
We're also happy to receive original outdoor activity or sports-related photographs to publish on our galleries.