Narratively is looking for writers

April 6, 2022

Posted by Margarita Sanabria

Narratively is  interested in profiling inspiring high school sports teams that have both an unexpected success story and a one-of-a-kind hook.


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We’re particularly excited about stories featuring skilled young players and/or coaches who aren’t typically represented on the field or in most sports narratives—whether that’s because they have different gender identities, ethnicities, or religious beliefs…and/or because they’re pursuing their passions in a surprising setting. Think a winning all-Muslim varsity girls basketball team in the heart of Texas; an exceptional soccer club made up entirely of teenage refugees; or a Hall-of-Fame pro who’s come out of retirement to coach and mentor an underdog roster.

We’d like to see gripping and actively unfolding stories that profile the ups and downs of a current season and explore what’s at stake for these incredible players and their teams. It’s fine to pitch us now about stories that you’d like to report in the summer, fall or even next winter, as a particular sports season takes shape. The important thing is a focus on drama and intrigue that will grab readers, and an impactful takeaway that shows us how the story may evolve and why it’s relevant right now. As long as the story is surprising and unusual, we’re open to any sport, and while we’re primarily interested in high school teams, we’re open to great pitches about junior high or junior college squads too.

For a more in-depth idea of what we’re looking for, check out some previous Narratively stories about unique sports teams, such as This All-Amputee Softball Team is Changing the Way We Think About Treating TraumaIs This the Future of Lacrosse?, This Italian Soccer Team Is Made Up Entirely of Refugees and Longshot Dreams and Slapshot Fiends in the Ultimate ’90s Pro Sports League. 

These can be first-person pieces about your own experience or reported stories


  • Write a short introduction about yourself
  • Include a paragraph highlighting your writing experience, relevant credentials and publication credits
  • Attach links to your strongest work or portfolio, and online profile.


  • $500- Pay starts at $500, with room to go up for more ambitious stories.


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