Write for Us!

We welcome and encourage new contributions from our growing community. Here's what you need to know if you want to submit a content piece:

  • Word count: No minimums but posts typically run between 250 and 1000 words.  Longer pieces typically should be broken up into series (Part 1, Part 2, etc). This piece is over 2000 words!

  • Tone: Inclusive, accessible and generally positive, but alittle spice never hurts as long as you keep it clean.  Take a look around and see what we've previously posted.

  • Original Content: We ask that posts submitted be unique and your original work.. We require you to inform us if any submission has already been published or submitted elsewhere online (even on your personal blog) or that you plan to distribute to other websites.

  • We are not interested in SEO-driven submissions: If you work for a content farm or are writing articles for the sole purpose of linking up keywords in an effort to boost SEO or to plug a product or brand name in a post, we are not interested.  However, utilizing keywords that pertain to a well written article is not frowned upon, just don’t make it the reason for the article.

  • Bio and promotion: Since we do not currently compensate contributors for posts, we're more than happy to include a byline and your brief bio containing links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, which we will promote when your post goes live. Please keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences. RaceMill.com is a great resource to promote what you're doing and we’re happy to help you gain exposure.  

  • Health claims: If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, please include a link to that source. If you're claiming that a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. Ideally you'd link to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. This way, readers can follow your line of thinking and investigate further if they want to know more.

  • We love connecting with new contributors. While we cover a lot of ground, RaceMill.com consists of just a few people. As such, sometimes we don't have the opportunity to respond to all submissions. We can assure you, however, that we carefully read every single submission that we receive. If your post has been accepted, we will respond within 30 days. If your post has not run within two weeks of submission, we have passed.

  • Please only submit one post at a time: You're welcome to submit again with a different post at any time.

  • By submitting to RaceMill.com you acknowledge that you accept our terms, and any form of editing that might occur on behalf of the RaceMill.com editorial team.

  • Click through below to find out more about our submission process, including contact information for submissions.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN SUBMISSIONS

  • We love posts that help our readers grow and feel inspired. While there aren't strict guidelines about the type of posts we feature, we find that training tips, athlete interviews, recipes, advice pieces, and personal essays about a major transformation do well. Advice pieces typically provide tips to improve health, happiness, training, competition, and nutrition.

  • Photos: All contributors are encouraged to submit photos with their posts. These should be at least 885 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall (bigger in either direction, or both, is fine). We love photos that are shot outdoors, in natural light, and ideally with as few distractions in the background as possible.  Great photos bring people to the articles.  Only submit photos that are authorized for our use on our website or related publications.  

  • What we look for in training, workout or fitness posts: When submitting this kind of post, please provide specific instruction on exactly how to complete the activity. Photos are essential for these posts.. The photo (or photos) should be original, of you or a model completing the pose, sequence, or routine you're writing about, and the image should be high-resolution. Each photo should be labeled with the move it’s demonstrating. If you have a short video (no longer than 3 minutes) illustrating the activity, we are happy to include that in the post, too.

  • What we look for in interview posts: We love pieces that outline what an individual has accomplished but also and equally important is their humanity and humility.  Give the reader their struggle, their humor and their accomplishments. The photo should be yours and free of license. Assume your reader is familiar with the sport but new to individual being interviewed.

  • What we look for in recipes: When submitting a recipe, Please include serving size, ingredients (including measurements), clear directions on how to prepare the recipe, as well as an introductory paragraph explaining how you like to serve the dish or why this recipe has become one of your favorites. Remember: people eat with their eyes, and an enticing high quality photo of a dish can get people excited to try your recipe.

  • Food photo guidelines: In an effort to keep our photos consistent in style, please keep in mind the following when submitting:

    • Photos work best on our website in landscape format.

    • We prefer photos taken in natural daylight.

    • Neutral dishes and backgrounds work best.

    • Product photos should be taken on a clean, natural surface such as white marble, white, light grey or natural wood or just a clean white surface. Linen and slate are also nice.

    • We are looking for the food photos to exude the beauty of good, real, whole foods — the food should be the star with minimal, simple props, when necessary, to enhance the image. (For example, a slice of lemon or herbs on the side could work nicely if the recipe calls for it or an appropriately placed spoon, etc.)

    • Close-up shots are often not as nice as giving the dish a little space to breathe and come alive.

WHY WRITE FOR RACEMILL?

Here are a few reasons why you should share your contenton a growing endurance global platform.

1. Change lives.

Our community is passionate about sport! They're eager to learn how to live their healthiest lives, share tips with friends and clients, and discuss ideas here on the site. Writing for RaceMill.com gives you a chance to be part of this discussion, and to shape the way training, competition and health is perceived around the world.

2. Reach a global audience.

Once your piece has been accepted for publication, we'll do our part to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. In addition to posting your work on our home page, we share most posts on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Published pieces will also live in our library of content.

3. Achieve your professional dreams.

Writers have parlayed success at RaceMill.com into other avenues. They've also attracted more clients, booked coaching jobs, and helped grow their brands, simply by writing great posts that got people interested in what they had to say.

4. Work with top-notch editors.

Our team of professional editors will work with you on your piece and give it a title to help it get seen by the largest audience possible. They'll also choose high-quality photos to make your work look great!

5. Set your own schedule.

You can contribute a post when you like. Which means: no deadlines, except the ones you create for yourself!

5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE SUBMITTING TO RACEMILL

1. Is my piece inspiring, informative, and/or educational?

Posts featured on RaceMill.com are positive and informative.

2. Has this already been covered on RaceMill.com?

We feature a wide range of topics on RaceMill.com and we have a ever growing library of great content. How can your piece add to what's already there? Perhaps your submission can elaborate on one aspect that didn't get a lot of attention!

3. What's a great title?

Remember: our readers are busy. A good title has the potential to grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you're stuck trying to create one, ask yourself: What problem does my article solve? How will reading this article make someone's life better? How would I explain this to a friend?

4. Is my first paragraph succinct?

You only get one chance to make a first impression! Does your introductory sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your first paragraph tell the reader very clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?

5. Am I offering actionable tips?

Many readers come to RaceMill.com to learn more about their interests. A great piece will provide tips that they can implement easily. Here's an example of a tip that's actionable: Inhale, count to ten, then exhale as you count to ten again. Notice how clear and precise that is? The reader knows exactly what to do. Here's an example of a murkier tip: Let go. Okay, sure. But how? (See the difference?)

6 TIPS TO WRITE A GREAT POST

Here are few pointers to keep in mind when writing for RaceMill.com.

1. Write in your own voice.

A great post will sound like a real person wrote it, and it will have a distinctive voice. If you're not sure what "voice" means in this context, think about it this way: how would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write!

2. Keep it short.

These don't need to be long posts! Anywhere from 250 - 1000 words is great! If you're going to offer tips, include a short introductory paragraph at the top of your post explaining why you're offering this advice. Are you an expert on the topic? Did you struggle to understand the issue and want to share your knowledge?

3. Delete needless words.

Sometimes people use several words when just one will do the trick. We recommend taking one look at your piece to make sure you're only including words that are absolutely necessary.

4. Use an authoritative voice.

It's understood that RaceMill.com posts are the opinion of the author. As the writer, you're the expert on your own opinion! For this reason, you don't need to use phrases like, "in my opinion," or "I believe," which detract from the idea you're trying to convey.

5. Stick to plain English!

Some people who visit RaceMill.com are new to endurance sports and competition, so we prefer to use plain English when describing terms.

6. Show us your sources. (We can't emphasize this enough!)

Thou shall not steal.  Citing sources is necessary.  If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, please include a link to that source. This helps validate your article and give credit where it is due.


5 TIPS TO WRITE AN ENGAGING PERSONAL STORY

We love personal stories, and we're always on the lookout for great ones. Really great essays share these qualities:

1. Stay focused.

Keep the spotlight on one time in your life. For example, if you're writing about falling in love, don't mention all your relationships in this essay; stick to one important time in one relationship. And keep it on the shorter side. RaceMill.com essays are about 500 - 1000 words long.

2. Include a perspective shift.

Great essays illuminate how you've changed in one area of your life. Usually this requires some growth in how you view the world, training, diet, etc., so let us see that transformation! If you begin at Point A, your essay should wind up at Point B.

3. Don't leave us wondering about your motivations.

Your choices are what make you interesting, so let us into your thought process.

4. Be really specific.

It's ironic, but the more specific you are about your life, the more your story will resonate with others. For example, it's stronger to say "the first marathon of my life, was in Big Sur" than "a marathon."

5. Be, well ... personal.

The more honest and vulnerable you can be about your struggles and victories, the more readers will be inspired by and empathetic to your story!

Please email us the following if you're ready to submit:

  • Your full post with a working title. Please send this within the body of an email.

  • Any relevant images for your post. (Please send as separate files, not pasted within a doc). Please only send images that you own.

  • Your brief bio (less than 120 words) with links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter pages. Please put any relevant links in brackets like this both in your bio, and in the piece: [http://facebook.com/RaceMill.com].

  • Please DO NOT hyperlink ever.

  • A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio.

Please send all of the above to article@racemill.com