Anyone who is a current member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (or has been a member within the past year) is welcome to submit a contribution to Engaging Sports. The general purpose of the site is to provide content that helps readers interpret and understand current events and issues occurring in the context of sport and physical culture. Contributions should include analysis that is clearly grounded in and informed by scholarship in the sociology of sport, presented in a way that “translates” that scholarship for a public audience.

It may be helpful for authors to think of a hook to a current/recent event, upcoming date, or anniversary of a notable event when writing contributions for the site. Overall, authors should think of the piece as an opportunity to translate sociology of sport content for a public audience in such a way that helps readers better understand current issues in sport and physical culture.

When writing a contribution for Engaging Sports, authors should consider the following points:

  • Contributions should be approximately 700 to 1000 words in length. This length should allow authors to provide substantive content that is easy for a member of the general public to read and digest in a few minutes.
  • Contributions should be written using language and a writing style that is easily accessible for a member of the general public. When writing, it may be helpful to envision a first-year university student with no background in social science as a potential reader.
  • When you refer to theory or research findings, do so in a narrative style in which you clearly explain the theory/research rather than using traditional academic citations. If you are referring to a specific piece of scholarship, you may include hyperlinked text that the reader can click on to view the original article being referenced.
  • Writers are encouraged to identify one or two photos that can be posted along with the article (along with appropriate captions and photo attribution).
  • For examples of how to “translate” academic scholarship for public consumption, prospective writers are encouraged to view posts appearing on sites such as the Contexts blog, the Conversation, and the Gender & Society blog.
  • At the end of the text, all authors should include a biographical note that lists their current position, briefly describes their academic interests/expertise, and provides a link to their institutional bio page (if applicable). Authors can also provide links to their social media accounts (e.g., Twitter) if they wish.
  • To submit a contribution, please send your submission (with any hyperlinks inserted) as a Microsoft Word file to EngagingSports@gmail.com. Please also attach any photos (or include hyperlinks to the photos), along with appropriate captions and photo attribution, that you wish to use with the submission. All submissions will be reviewed by a site editor and a reviewer(s) with expertise in an area related to the submission prior to publication.