I Was Turned Down By Bleacher Report (No Slideshow)
By James Holland
Let me start off by saying that I am not an egotistical writer. I write about baseball because I love the sport. It’s always been a passion of mine. So I am in no way tooting my own horn or making claims that I am some sort of great writer. People either love my articles or they hate them.
So I am currently a featured contributor for Yahoo! Sports and a senior columnist over at shutdowninning.com and the founder of this blog. I like to broaden my horizons if you can’t tell. Well, there’s one sports website called bleacherreport.com that features some of the worst writing and a dependency on annoying slideshows. As a joke I decided to submit an application to them with one of my (in my opinion) best articles attached as a sample piece. (If you haven’t had a chance to peruse their fine work just click here and enjoy)
Needless to say I received my letter of rejection today. Was I heartbroken? No. Saddened in any way? No. Confused about their “standards”? Yes. The following is what they sent me:
Thank you very much for your application to the Bleacher Report Writer Program. Unfortunately, our Writer Admissions Board has reviewed your work and decided not to grant you publishing credentials at the current time.
As the Web’s premier platform for fan-friendly sports content, B/R has an obligation both to its readers and to its contributors to rigorously scrutinize all new writer applicants. We take that obligation very seriously, which is why we’re so firmly committed to upholding our editorial standards:
- Submissions must be without typos and typographical errors—whether they’re of the grammatical, punctuational or spelling variety.
- Submissions must present a coherent, cohesive argument in a professionally presentable manner.
- Submissions must not violate any of Bleacher Report’s publishing Content Standards.
- Submissions must be the author’s own work and also be the only author of the piece. Applicants who plagiarize their work will have their accounts immediately deleted.
- Submissions must be free of errors that are factual in nature or arguments that clearly present a lack of research.
- Submissions must add something to the conversation. Articles that simply rehash or paraphrase known information from another source will not be accepted.
- Submissions satirical in nature will not be accepted.
In your particular case, the writing sample you submitted for review failed to satisfy the requirements to which we hold all applicants. Although we’re grateful for the time and energy you invested in your application, we would be remiss if we failed to apply to you the same standards we apply to everyone else.
All that said, we hope that you’ll take advantage of the many other opportunities which B/R offers to its users, including the ability to comment on articles and interact with fellow fans. We also strongly encourage you to continue to hone your writing and analytical skills in the months ahead, and we’d gladly review another Writer Application from you after an interval of 30 days.
They have a review board? Nothing satirical? Editorial standards? Now I will not be submitting another submission in 30 days as they suggest. And I’m sure if any of them read this blog post I will receive a lifetime ban. And I’m okay with that. God forbid I do anything to actually improve their site. Wait, I don’t have an ego…