Writer’s Guidlines

WHAT WE WANT

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Referee magazine. Referee publishes three main types of articles: features, sport-specific articles and columns. The best way to get familiar with our articles is to read some previously published examples. You can access articles from the magazine’s archives at www.referee.com/myreferee.

Features: We want our feature articles to speak to our readership — sports officials. The content must focus on officiating. We are interested in articles that help our readers improve an aspect of their officiating, articles about unique or very successful officials, articles dissecting the major issues that officials face and articles that delve into certain officiating philosophies.

Sport-Specific Articles: Sports-specific articles may pertain to rules, mechanics or officiating philosophy. Rules articles must include parenthetical rulebook, casebook or approved ruling references to the pertinent rules. The required references for each sport are: Basketball — NFHS, NCAA men’s and NCAA women’s; Baseball — NFHS, NCAA, pro; Football — NFHS, NCAA; Soccer — NFHS, NCAA, FIFA; Softball — NFHS, NCAA, ASA, USSSA.

Columns: Law, Getting It Right, Profiles and Last Call are the columns appearing regularly in the magazine. Contributions to the Law column require an expertise in that field. The Getting it Right and Profiles columns generally highlight unique officials or associations and their interests or community contributions. Last Call is a first-person piece about a specific event or experience by an official.

PAYMENT

You will receive a contract soon after your article is received, accepted and edited. Payment will be sent approximately 30 days after the date we receive the signed contract or the completed writing effort. Rates are generally four cents per published word, but they may increase depending on how we use the text.

SCHEDULES

The due dates have been carefully selected, so we need your help in staying on the schedule provided. We work well ahead of the publication date. Early due dates allow us ample time to edit your article and work with you on any potential changes. We welcome early submissions. We may decide to hold your submission on file until space opens up or we will pick a month to run it.

SIZE

All sport-specific articles should be around 500-1,000 words; features vary from 1,500-3,500 words.

SUBMIT YOUR MATERIAL

We accept submissions on speculation, but we also appreciate direct queries. The best way to submit your work or query is via e-mail. Our e-mail address is submissions@referee.com.

STYLE

Having many different freelance writers spices things up for our readers. That’s good! We recommend you write like you talk. Don’t try to be somebody you’re not. Keep in mind you’re a referee/umpire writing to a bunch of sports officials. Keep it simple. We appreciate concise writing; get your 10-word sentence down to five. It will improve your message. Please download a copy of Referee’s Style Sheet for reference.

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