Unusual Efforts Submission Guidelines


Unusual Efforts accepts stories written by women–cis and trans alike–and non-binary persons.

The stories must relate to soccer in some way. We publish everything from tactical analysis to critiques of players’ hair, so be creative. Our preference is for stories that are evergreen and examine a different angle (player, club, theme) than those explored by traditional outlets.

No experience is necessary. We are willing (and eager) to work with those just beginning to venture into the world of soccer journalism, as well as those seeking an outlet for non-traditional stories other media are unwilling to publish.

We provide a comprehensive editing service using Google Docs. Potential authors must be available to make changes to submitted drafts.

Our goal is to provide a diversity of voices, and we do our best to recruit authors from around the world. We publish only in English; however, you do not need to be a native speaker or have excellent English skills. We will work with you to get your meaning across in the tone you wish to convey.

Unusual Efforts pays 25 USD per published post. We currently are only able to pay contributors through PayPal.

To pitch a story, email us!