We’re looking for game changers and inspirational storytellers from all corners of the Play Like a Girl community to join our collective of passionate writers and creatives. Our objective is to create an extensive archive of interesting and unique stories about every life-changing aspect of sport and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The Score is a collaborative project between creative minds from all walks of life, athletes and former athletes, women and men in STEM who work across a variety of industries, people from different backgrounds who have a natural passion for writing about and photographing girls and women in the awe-inspiring worlds of STEM and sport.

We believe that every person on the planet no matter how young, unknown or iconic has a story to tell and it deserves to be heard. And we want you to tell it—here.

HOW TO JOIN OUR GROUP OF CONTRIBUTORS

Simple. Pick a topic that inspires you and others, write a story about your experience of that topic and supplement it with quality photos or video. See our criteria below and get in touch if you have any questions or require more guidance.

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CREATIVE GUIDELINES

WHAT WE PUBLISH ON THE SCORE

We publish stories that are personal, authentically told, insightful and, above all, inspire girls of all ages to succeed both on and off the field of play. We are activists. We champion equality and economic opportunity for all girls and women. So we love stories that aim to improve the position of women in the world. However, we’re not interested in politics or controversy of any kind. And, absolutely no product reviews.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU

This is an opportunity to be a published author, cited by others. Most importantly, this is a platform where you can tell stories about which you feel passionate. You can be the voice inspiring others to follow their dreams.


STORY CRITERIA

Your story must be inspiring, honest and insightful. The writer is expected to inform readers about the general must-know about a topic as well as offer personal insights. Most stories range from 850 to 1,500 words, depending on your experience and what you have to say about it. We’re not strict on length but would like to give readers a detailed, personal perspective on the topic to equip them with useful information should they choose to explore further.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

In order to inspire our readers, we require photography and/or videography featuring real girls and women to accompany every article. For STEM-related stories in particular, we recommend that you source photos and videos from the IF/THEN Collection if you do not have original assets for your story.

Make sure you send a short description or caption for every photo or video and let us know where you would like it inserted in the article. Please ensure all photos are minimum 2,000 pixels wide. Optimize all files for the web but make sure quality is retained.

INSPIRATION AND TIPS

A good story starts with a personal experience and a clear message to readers. Here are some ideas to get you started. What is your earliest memory of playing sports? What motivated you to pursue a career in STEM? What skills or personal insights have you gained? What do you consider most exciting about your job? Subjects might include coaching, personal failures, big wins, traditional and nontraditional sports including gaming, life hacks, educational pathways, learning experiences, career changes and philanthropic work.

WHAT ABOUT THE CREATIVE LICENSE?

Play Like a Girl is not responsible for licensing or related copyright infringement. All stories must be original, and you must own all the materials submitted to us. Should you decide to use photos under Creative Commons licensing, please make sure you include details of the author in the caption and the file name.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY

Compress your package and send it to us via WeTransfer.com or another file transferring service. Be sure to include the following in Microsoft Word or PDF format with original, raw photo and video files:

  • Your Name
  • Your Headshot to add to our contributors page and your profile
  • Your Bio (50 words or less) for our contributors page and your profile information
  • Links to your social channels if you would like us to promote them
  • Title or story headline
  • One sentence summary (or meta description) of your story
  • Body of your story (850 - 1,500 words) in Microsoft Word or PDF format
  • Photography or video footage: Make sure you send a short description or caption for every asset and let us know where you would like it inserted in the article. Please ensure all photos are minimum 2,000 pixels wide.

We’ll take it from here. We quality control all submissions so please give us time to read your article and review the assets. We also reserve the right to edit or reject any submission. Accepted work is typically published within 1-2 weeks from the date of submission.

Submit your package to: [email protected]