Write for STACK
STACK is seeking experts in strength and conditioning, sports skill development, nutrition, sports psychology, injury prevention and other key sports topics to join our Contributor Program. You'll have the opportunity to share your expertise with millions of athletes, coaches and parents, and also get recognized as a thought leader in your area of expertise.
As a STACK Contributor, you will write articles about training, nutrition, skill development and other topics of interest to serious athletes. Your work will be published on STACK.com, which reaches millions of readers each month.
How Writing for STACK Helps You
- Build a reputation as a thought leader in your industry by sharing your ideas, methods, principles and success stories.
- Have a personal STACK.com page that has your bio, social media handles, website and content that you contribute to STACK. These pages leverage STACK's domain authority, helping you get noticed through Google search.
- Gain exposure through STACK's social media and weekly newsletters.
- Compete to be recognized in STACK's monthly contributor awards and earn up to $300 as one of our top five Experts of the Month.
- Join a group of top strength coaches, nutritionists and skill coaches who are already contributing to STACK.
- Help millions of athletes safely improve their sports performance with educational, actionable and practical content covering training, nutrition and skill development.
Who We Are Looking For
Do you have a passion for working with athletes? Do you help athletes get better? Are you a certified professional or have years of experience? Then this program is for you. We are looking for industry experts across all disciplines who work directly with athletes at some point during their careers.
Who You'll Write For
We ask that content submissions speak to the following three audiences:
- Athletes. They are our core audience and they deserve safe, effective and actionable information that will help them make their sports dreams come true.
- Parents. Concerned parents want the best for their sons and daughters. They want to see their children succeed—and do so safely—and they seek correct answers to their questions.
- Coaches. These men and women double as parents, educators and administrators, and they need easy access to credible information and advice they can use to help their athletes reach their potential.
Popular Topics on STACK
Strength training, sports nutrition, sports-specific skill development, sports-specific training, general fitness, sport psychology, recruiting and other topics appropriate for our audience.
But I'm not a writer. Is that OK?
Yes! We understand that many of you are experts in a field outside of writing or journalism, so it's OK if your articles aren't grammatically perfect. That's where we come in. STACK's team of editors thoroughly reviews every article published on STACK.com. However, we do expect you to make an earnest effort to submit content that's as clean as possible to ensure the editing process is smooth and efficient.
There's no better time to start contributing. Click the 'Apply Now' button and complete the short application for consideration. Also, please review the guidelines, FAQs and info below for in-depth details on the program.
- STACK Contributor Program FAQs
- How to Submit a Pitch
- How to Submit Images and Videos
- Writing Guidelines
STACK Contributor Program FAQs
How will I know if my application has been accepted?
If your application is accepted, you will receive an invite to Camayak (more on this below) within seven days. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance and we reserve the right to decline individuals whom we don't believe are qualified to contribute to STACK.What is Camayak?
STACK uses the Camayak platform to make contributing to STACK as easy and efficient as possible. By writing your STACK articles and submitting them via the Camayak platform, you'll eliminate email back-and-forth with STACK since the entire submission and revision process is handled within the platform. You can also track the status of your articles, see how your articles are performing and leverage powerful social promotion tools.
Will I be compensated for my work?
Guest contributors are not compensated on a per-article basis. However, we do pay monthly bonuses to our top five performing experts at a rate of $300, $125, $100, $75 and $50, respectively. These awards are judged based on the quality of content, number of articles submitted and overall performance.
Why do I need PayPal?
STACK uses PayPal to disburse payments for monthly awards. You can use any email address for your PayPal account—it does not have to match the email you provided to create your Camayak account. STACK will disburse earnings into PayPal on the last business day of the month. If you need assistance setting up PayPal, please visit their Customer Support center.
How many articles do I need to submit?
We understand that you're first and foremost an expert in your field, so we don't require you to submit an article every month. However, we will audit our user base at the end of each calendar year and remove those who haven't contributed in the past year.
Will my article be edited?
Yes, we take serious care in publishing articles of the highest standard. Your article will first be reviewed for content, relevance and accuracy. If a revision is required, we will return the article to you, including notes or questions that need your attention. If no revision is needed, the article will go through a copy editing process before being published.
How long does it take for my article to be published?
We strive to publish articles within two weeks. To expedite the process, we ask that you edit your content for misspellings, grammar and structure. A thorough and well-written article that adheres style best practices will get published faster. Content that is poorly written and contains careless spelling errors will be returned for revision or rejected. We also reserve the right to hold content to fit into our editorial calendar.
Please review our Writing Guidelines below for more information.
How do I know when my article is published?
You will receive an automated notification from Camayak when your content is published on STACK.com, which means that the article has left its system. Many times, these articles are scheduled to go live on STACK.com sometime later. The link will work once the post goes live on the STACK.com, so keep checking back.
Can I email your editors questions or requests?
No, our staff does not have the bandwidth to respond to every question or request so please keep all communication within the Camayak platform, including pitches, questions about article status or edits.
To communicate with editors in Camayak, simply click the message icon to the right of the article (above the camera) and type your message. You can also send us messages via the chat feature located on the menu bar to the left of your name.
Note: We will not answer analytics requests.
Can I review edits before the article is published?
The editorial process is complex and moves quickly, so it's not feasible to send articles for a final review before publishing. However, we are happy to make minor changes if you happen to notice a mistake in the published article.
Do I have a deadline?
You will receive a deadline for each assignment that you're working on. We typically offer a generous deadline unless a story is time sensitive. If you can't meet this deadline, you must either request an extension of your assignment will be forfeited.
Can I submit images and videos?
Yes! We encourage you to submit original images and videos with your articles. We have a detailed section below that explains how to send us your files.
Can I submit an article to STACK that I've had published on another website?
If you've published an article on your own personal website, you can submit it for consideration. However, we ask that you adjust the article so that it's specific to our audience. Most of the time this only applies to the introduction. Tips, exercise instructions or workouts can usually remain the same. We, unfortunately, cannot accept articles previously published by other media properties.
Can I publish my content that's already published on STACK?
For your articles already published on STACK.com, we ask that you refrain from publishing it on other web properties, including your own. You can still tease the content on your own website by writing a quick summary of the article without publishing an article word-for-word and link it to your article on STACK.com.
How can I update my bio?
Did you get a new job, open up a new facility or launch a new website? Send us your updated bio information so your STACK.com bio page has is up-to-date to help you get more exposure. You can find your bio page by going to: STACK.com/expert/first name-last name
How to Submit a 'Pitch'
A Pitch is your way to submit an article idea to STACK. We review each Pitch and if approved, you will be able to write that article for publication on STACK.com. In general, stronger pitches lead to better articles that require fewer revisions.
Step 1: Click the New menu on Camayak's toolbar at the top of the page.
Step 2: Choose your desk that you'd like to Pitch To, which should correspond to the topic of your article.
Step 3: Write a two to three sentence summary of your Pitch.
Step 4: Click Submit Pitch
- Before submitting an idea, do a quick search on STACK.com to ensure we haven't already covered that topic. If you find a story that's similar to your idea, often you can provide your own unique angle. For example, just because we have articles on the Squat doesn't mean you can't write another with a fresh angle.
- Include a 2-3 sentence summary that quickly explains what you will write about, how you will develop the article and mention any additional assets you will include, such as video or photos. The more we can learn about your idea, the more likely we will approve it. However, don't send us your entire article. These are previews of an article so we can quickly review and approve your ideas. If you don't submit enough information or submit your entire story, we will decline it.
Summary: I will explain how athletes can build a strong core.
This is much too broad, and we've already covered this extensively on STACK.com. Also, the summary fails to explain how you will develop the article.
Summary: There are several anti-exercises athletes can perform to build a strong and athletic core. I will recommend four exercises I use with my athletes and explain why these moves are safe and effective. I will also include exercise demonstration videos.
The included summary provides insight into the topic and specific angle. It explains what actionable information the story will provide, which in this case are the four core exercises. And, it mentions that this story will include video assets.
How to Submit Images and Videos
We encourage you to submit images and videos along with your articles. Here's how to do it:
You can upload your own images to your article within Camayak. These must be original photos that you own and are not sourced from another website. To upload your photos, simply click on the camera icon found on the right side of your article and select upload in the top right corner. There's no need to embed the image in the text. We will download the photos and embed them in our system.
You can also search through Camayak's Getty image library by clicking embed, Getty Images and then type in your image search. This allows you to include a photo of something you mention in your article, such as an athlete, an exercise or a type of food. Our art department will make a final decision on what photos to include in the final product.
Every article published on STACK.com must have a video in the player at the top of the page. It's recommended to submit your own video or videos—you can include as many videos as needed—along with your articles so your work is featured in the player and to improve the relevance of the content. If not, we will choose a video from our library.
You can use your smartphone or a camera to shoot video. Please do your best to keep the camera steady and avoid background music that may contain profanity. Note: Videos shot vertically on a phone will not be accepted. No exceptions.
You have two options for submitting videos:
- Send us your video files via DropBox.
- Include links to YouTube videos within your article copy.
We understand that some of you are interested in embedding YouTube videos to gain exposure for your channel. If your article has more than one YouTube video, we will choose one to feature in our top player and embed the remaining videos within the article. If you only send one YouTube video, we may choose to upload your video to our player if we don't have other video content that's appropriate for your article.
Voice and Style
You're writing for an audience of athletes, parents, coaches and others who most likely do not have your background or experience. Keep industry lingo and jargon to a minimum, focus on the key points of your topic, and go lightly on overly technical science.
Also, please adhere to our style to assist with the editing process. Here are important style points to keep in mind when you're writing an article:
- Capitalize exercise names (Ex. Bench Press, Push-Up, Squat, Deadlift)
- Hyphenate Push-Up, Pull-Up, Step-Up, Single-Arm, Single-Leg and other similar exercises.
- Do not use commas after the second to last item in a series (Ex. Strength, power and mobility)
- Format for exercise or drill volume: Sets/Reps: 3x8 or Sets/Duration: 3x30 sec. or Sets/Distance: 3x20 yards
Articles that address a common concern, goal, exercise, skill or mistake are top performers on STACK.com. Readers and viewers want quick answers to questions like:
- "How do I add more muscle?"
- "What should I eat for breakfast?"
- "Is creatine safe?"
- "What should I look for in a basketball shoe?"
- "How do I throw a better curveball?"
- "How do I Deadlift with perfect form?"
Write clear answers, solve common problems and discuss how to achieve common goals with tangible, actionable advice. These articles have a longer shelf life than those that report on current events. Longer-lived articles will garner more exposure and increase your chances to be featured and build a following.
Finally, always remember what audience you're writing for. If it's an athlete, think about what information they want to and should know, and leave out everything that doesn't fall into that category. For example, an article on Deadlift form doesn't need a lengthy explanation of long-term athletic development models. Often the best way to write is exactly how you'd explain a concept to an athlete, parent or coach.
In general, articles should have a minimum of 400 words. However, this is a case-by-case basis. Some articles that provide a quick tip to improve exercise form may fall under 400 words, while a deep dive into a complex topic might exceed 1,000 words. Make sure that the content is complete and doesn't leave the reader with any questions.
- Include source notes for all facts, figures or other data included within a piece. Relevant facts that back up your statements make for more credible and engaging content.
- When sourcing facts from another online article, include an active and clickable hyperlink within the body of your article (not at the end) linking back to the source article.
- Limit your hyperlinks. Link back to each of your sources just once. Linking to one of two sources is acceptable.
- Avoid unnecessary hyperlinks. Don't hyperlink terms, places, people, etc. or to sources like Wikipedia. Link only to sources used.
- If you reference a study, we prefer that you link back to the study rather than including a works cited and in-text references.
Plagiarized content and copyright violations are strictly prohibited. If we detect plagiarism, your article will be rejected and you will be subject to removal from the program.