FanIQ Writers' Guide

At FanIQ we want you to be a part of the discussion and debate. We let you write fan articles where you are free to report news or express your opinion, and if you do a good job, we will feature your posts on our main site. We are proud to to feature the best fan-journalists around, and fan articles have been featured all over the Internet—from ESPN to Yahoo! to Sports Illustrated.

At FanIQ we want you to go beyond the post-game wrap up. We want you to discuss engaging topics such as the impact of a trade or the ramifications of steroid use in sports. Hopefully your articles will spur necessary and valuable debate.

There are things that we look for in posts that help your chances of being featured. Below are some easy things you can do and keep in mind that will help you become a consistent contributor to FanIQ.

  1. Don't Plagiarize! This one seems pretty basic, but we want to reinforce it. We want your ideas, not somebody else's. So if you have an opinion about whether Tim Tebow is a good quarterback or not or if the NBA players or owners are at fault during the lockout write it—don't steal it from someone else. When writing a news story, cite your sources, quote them when appropriate and don't hesitate to link back to them. If you use coach or player quotes, say to whom the quotes were originally given. If you have any questions about plagiarism, look at our Terms of Use.
  2. Be Timely! We don't want yesterday's news tomorrow! If you hear that a story just broke, whip out that laptop and let all of the FanIQ readers know about it. And don't be shy about expressing your opinion.
  3. Be Clean: We want the site looking pretty, so check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Don't use language that others might find offensive. Also, try to use the vernacular of the sport you are writing about. In some sports a competition is called "game," and in others it is a "match," for example.
  4. Be Innovative and Write a Lot: We like to see new ideas and opinions and don't want you to be shy in expressing them. There is no limit to how many articles you can write or how many of them we will feature so go at it.
  5. Use Multimedia: This is by no means a requirement, but if you feel so inclined, include a picture or video in your post.

Becoming a FanIQ Featured Writer

A select group of FanIQ contributors are designated as Featured Writers. Featured Writers have access to advanced editorial tools and their articles are featured regularly on the site. To be considered for a position as a Featured Writer, please send three samples of your best work (links are fine) to Make sure you read and understand the FanIQ Article Guidelines above, as you will be expected to adhere to them at all times. Our editors will review your work and contact you shortly about how you can enhance your contributions to the FanIQ community.

We look forward to hearing from you.