The 2015 Fake Football Writing Contest Sponsored by Victiv
June 11, 2015 | Chet
Hello all you fake football writers and aspiring writers! Welcome to our 2015 writing contest. We’ll have prizes, guest judges, and a whole lot of fake football ideas being thrown around in a nice and orderly fashion. First off, let me thank our sponsor Victiv. They have generously donated prizes for the winners and they are just a great site for playing daily fantasy! Second off, you may ask, what’s in this for me!? Well, here are the prizes:
And each Round’s winner will receive free tickets into Victiv’s big MLB and PGA Tournaments!
PLUS! If you are so inclined, first place will be given a weekly platform on The Fake Football to spout off fake football knowledge.
PLUS! PLUS! You will get your work read by some of the best fantasy writers in the business and a ton of experience in writing about fake sports for a deadline and with a predetermined topic, both integral parts of making it in the freelance fake sports writing business.
Who is eligible? If you have never been paid for your work in fantasy sports writing, you may enter.
When? There will be three rounds with a new fantasy football writing prompt for each of those rounds. The due dates for each round are: First Round: Friday June 12th, 10pm central Second Round: Monday June 26th, 10pm central Third Round: Monday July 10th, 10pm central. The new writing prompts will be given when the first and second round winners are announced. All writers are eligible to write in each of the three rounds. You could place outside of the top three in the first round and then win the next two and still win the whole thing.
What are we looking for?
Length: This will depend on the topic of course, but the more you can do with less, the better. 800-1400 words is about what people can handle before they hit the escape hatch.
Grammar: Yes, use some. Read it out loud. Have someone look it over. We all make mistakes. One or two of them isn’t the end of the world, but many make it hard for the reader to pay attention to the actual meaning.
Stats vs Analysis vs Humor: A balance of all three is always great. Stats give you a good foundation. They give the reader information and show them that you’ve done actual research. Analysis without stats can sometimes ring hollow, so start with the facts/stats and then bring in your opinion. And your opinion is what makes this your piece of writing, so give us something to think about. The last item on the list is humor and the easiest to screw up. Humor is a double edged sword. If it works you set yourself apart from the crowd, but if it doesn’t, your readers will forget about what you are trying to say and get into an eye rolling contest with themselves.
What’s the first topic already!? On the heels of 2014’s historic class of rookie wide receivers, which rookie wide receiver(s) will have the greatest fantasy impact in 2015?
Where? Send all submissions attached in a Word document with the subject line: “TFF Round 1” to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday June 12th, 10pm central.
Guest Judges Include:
Named the first ever Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA in 2005, Bob Harris was inducted into the organization’s Hall Of Fame in 2013. He began his fantasy sports career as Editor and Webmaster of the TFL Report in 1993. Added Senior Editor for Fantasy Sports Publications, Inc. to his list of titles in 1997; his work has been prominently displayed in all four FSP Fantasy annuals — Fantasy Football Pro Forecast, Fantasy Football Diehards, Fantasy Football CheatSheets and the Fantasy Football DraftBook — ever since. Harris was a weekly contributor at SI.com from 2001 through 2007 and at FOXSports.com in 2007. You will currently find Harris online exclusively at FootballDiehards.com. You can also listen to Harris on The FootballDiehards on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio.
David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Football online since 2000, eventually joining the crew at CBS SportsLine.com in 2003. That five-man Fantasy content staff consisted of three eventual FSWA Hall of Famers (Tristan Cockcroft, Scott Engel and Michael Fabiano) and a two-time FSWA award-winning writer (Daniel Dobish) … and Gonos. He’s good at spelling.
Gonos has been playing Fantasy Football dating back to 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner. He won the 2008 FSTA Fantasy Football Championship, as well as the 2008 Tout Wars title, and then he apparently went into a coma for five years.
His columns have also appeared on SportsIllustrated.com, MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and RotoExperts.com. He currently writes Fantasy Sports for both of his sites: DavidGonos.com, and SoCalledFantasyExperts.com.
Renee M. Miller, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester. She has been playing fantasy sports for nine years and writing about them since 2011. Find her work at ESPN, RotoWorld, Pro Football Focus Fantasy, Fantasy Insiders, RotoWire, The Fake Football, and rotoViz. Her book, Cognitive Bias in Fantasy Sports: Is your brain sabotaging your team?, combines her knowledge of neuroscience with her love of fantasy sports.
C.D. Carter, a writer for The Fake Football since 2012, is author of “How To Think Like A Daily Fantasy Football Winner” and a streaming quarterback, tight end and defense evangelist. Carter’s fantasy football work has been published in The New York Times.
Adam Levitan is a Rotoworld NFL/NBA writer, Metro Newspapers fantasy writer, Rotogrinders contributor and two-time FSWA award winner.
Spencer Limbach is a full-time daily fantasy sports player and writer. He serves as a Daily Fantasy Specialist for Rotoworld; also contributing to FanDuel Insider, other DFS sites, and of course, The Fake Basketball. Equipped with a degree in Economics, deep-seeded sports knowledge, and a passion for writing, he has become a trusted source in the fantasy sports world.
Melissa Jacobs is the Managing Editor of TheFootballGirl.com. She covers both fantasy and the NFL at large. Her writing appears frequently in The Guardian and has also appeared on ESPN.com, the Score, Forbes and others. Melissa has been playing fantasy football since she was 14 and has won more fake championships than Tom Brady has won real championships.
Oh, and have fun!