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Writer Submission Guidelines

USMS.ORG

We're always seeking coaches, subject matter experts, and sports and health professionals to write 500-800-word articles for our website on these topics:

  • Swimming technique
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Dryland exercises
  • Cross-training
  • Triathlon training
  • General nutrition
  • Workout- or race-specific nutrition
  • Fitness swimming
  • Health topics that relate to Masters swimmers

Use our Article Idea Collector to query us about website articles. For personal stories, please see Reader Submission Guidelines

IMPORTANT: Please review the USMS Publications Style Guide  and the Photo Submission Guidelines before you start writing. 

SWIMMER Magazine

SWIMMER is planned a full year in advance. Feature stories are assigned to paid professional writers who are also USMS members. If you are a writer and a USMS member and would like to write for SWIMMER:

  1. Review the below submission guidelines
  2. Use our Article Idea Collector to query us
  3. Follow up by emailing your résumé and writing samples to editor@usms.org

Annual planning for the magazine takes place periodically throughout the year, and the editorial calendar for the following year is planned out. With only six issues per year, it can take months for us to find the best spot for your idea, but feel free to check back with us any time.

Please familiarize yourself with these descriptions of our features. SWIMMER rarely publishes autobiographical accounts—please see our Reader Submission Guidelines for more about first-person stories.

USMS publications are for members, about members, and by members. Often, even the quoted experts are USMS members. We have a highly educated and diverse group within our membership and chances are, with the exception of rare medical specialties or unusual research topics, there might be a USMS swimmer who's an expert in the field. We work with the Sports Medicine and Science, Fitness, and Coaches Committees to identify member experts on a range of topics.

>>>Note: These descriptions are examples to generate ideas—please use our Article Idea Collector prior to writing your piece. 

>>>Important: If you receive a story contract, please review:

Features (2000 words)

Profile

Sometimes our profiled members are famous or have unusual lives outside of swimming or extraordinary events that have shaped who they are. This is not generally the place to profile the fastest swimmers or the ones with the most records—we have other ways of highlighting the accomplishments of our fastest swimmers and sharing their secrets with our readers.

Technique (1000 words + photos)

Written by recognized, professional USMS coaches. Topics are chosen with the help of the Coaches Committee.

Science/Physiology

Science and physiology feature topics include health, nutrition, sports medicine, diseases or other health conditions, addiction, mental health issues, etc. These broad topics should be narrowed to specifics on how they affect Masters swimmers. These topics are chosen with help from the Sports Medicine and Science Committee. All articles are reviewed by members of the SMS Committee or of its larger network of health professionals prior to publication.

Miscellaneous

This is an open category but should relate to swimming in some way. Possible topics include a particular USMS demographic, trends, phenomena, news, swim travel, general interest, history, etc.

Hot Tub (500 words)

The Hot Tub column, in the "Shallow End" department, is a look at the lighter side of Masters Swimming. Humorous stories or essays that are entertaining and capture the fun(ny) aspects of our sport.

Swimming Life (300-1000 words per article)

Swimming Life articles celebrate the accomplishments of our members or tell a compelling story about them, similar to the full-length feature profiles described under Features, only shorter. We've also published book reviews or other short, general interest items here.

Splashback (800 words)

Splashback is our history department. Topics include anything historical about swimming or swimmers around the world.

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