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Article Submissions

Rugby America Article Submissions

After a considerable amount of deliberation, Rugby America is opening up our doors to outside contributors in an effort to increase content for our fan base and begin to trudge our way back towards a full-blown American rugby media website.

After learning some valuable lessons while diving head-first into a full website a couple of years ago, this time around the process is going to be deliberate and more sustainable.

So, if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a rugby journalist, here’s your chance.

Now, we can’t offer you any money for your articles at this time, but it’s a chance to get your work published and who knows what will happen in the coming years as rugby continues to expand in America.

With that, there is also no pressure to submit articles on a regular basis. None.

If you are able to deliver articles in a consistent manner, I plan to add a couple “Featured Columnists” to Rugby America by mid-2011 that will be responsible for 2-3 articles per month.

What are we looking for?

  1. Unique articles from the American Rugby scene that are pertinent to the current time period.
  2. Articles must be at least 750 words.
  3. Published articles must be well written with proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, formatting, and use of language. Rugby America reserves the right to edit articles and will inform the writer of any edits made before publication of the article.
  4. Well researched articles. Have your facts in order and it makes the article 100 times better.
  5. Submission Categories (I.E. the subjects more likely to get your article published… listed in the order of preference)
    1. College Rugby (7’s or 15’s)
    2. Youth Rugby (7’s or 15’s)
    3. High School Rugby (7’s or 15’s)
    4. Women’s Rugby (7’s or 15’s)
    5. Interviews or profiles from prominent people in American Rugby (National team players, coaches, Board members, etc.)
    6. Hands on reports from big club rugby events (Nationals, tournaments, etc.)
    7. Coaching (7’s or 15’s)
    8. Fitness/Training (7’s or 15’s)

What Not to Send

  1. Opinionated editorial pieces – Your opinion matters, but I don’t want to see my inbox flooded with articles about the state of USA Rugby or politics. While I do dabble in those areas from time to time, I want to keep outside submissions to Rugby America objectively focused on the game.
  2. Rugby League articles – I have nothing against Rugby League, it has plenty of its own great qualities. However, Rugby America strictly covers Rugby Union (7’s or 15’s) news in America.
  3. Game recaps – We try to keep recaps at Rugby America to National team play, high level collegiate rugby, and big tournaments/events.
  4. Articles slamming other websites, people, or media outlets.
  5. Articles using foul language. We’re keeping it PG here.  
  6. Poorly written or constructed articles. I don’t mind editing, but if I need to rework the entire article, it kind of defeats the purpose of taking outside submissions.
  7. Excessive submissions – We’re looking for quality over quantity here. I’d rather see one really good article a month instead of 4-5 watered down submissions. The better the article, the better your chance of having it published.
  8. Poorly researched articles. Do your homework, it pays off and fans of the site can smell the bull a mile away.

Submission Methods

If you wish to submit an article to Rugby America for publishing consideration, please email your article to rugbyamerica1@gmail.com and I will get back to you within a few days.

If your article is published, you will be given full credit for the article. Don’t forget to send along a short bio (under 100 words) that will be included at the conclusion of the article.

Article Format for Emailed Submissions

Articles may be submitted in the following formats (listed in order of preference):

  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Plain Text (.txt)
  • HTML (.htm / .html)

It is preferred that photos and artwork are sent as separate attachments. Please do not embed them in your article. Photos must have photographer credit as well.

Note: Please do not send articles in Microsoft Works format, or as a PDF file. Save your documents as Rich Text Format, and attach any photos and artwork to the email, do not embed them in the document.

Additional Article Information

You are welcome to submit the following information with your articles:

  • Links to websites related to your submission
  • Club or Association Logo (if you have permission to use it)
  • Author Biography

Photo / Image / Artwork Format

Photos may be submitted in the following formats (listed in order of preference):

  • JPEG (.jpeg / .jpg)
  • PNG (.png)
  • GIF (.gif)

Video Submissions

This is an area of interest here at Rugby America, so we will also consider video submissions if they are applicable to our submission categories. Interviews with American rugby personalities, National team members, etc. are preferred for this format.

Since Youtube is the easiest way to embed video on Rugby America, all video submissions must be uploaded to Youtube and then send the link to rugbyamerica1@gmail.com for review.

As with written articles, you will be given full credit for the video.

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