Call for Pitches: Online Series on ‘Women in Sport’

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We are seeking for pitches for an online commentary series on the subject of women’s experience and representation in sports and sporting culture.

This includes pitches for essays, personal essays, reportage, multimedia and experimental non-fiction, with a target wordcount between 1,200 and 2,500 words. Please submit pitches by 11.59pm, Tuesday January 31st.

Ideas we’d like to see you explore include, but are not limited to:

  • The ways in which women navigate watching and enjoying sports that are so often male-dominated in terms of the participants, the commenters, and the assumed audience. How does one navigate this terrain?
  • The female gaze in relation to athletic male bodies, and vice versa.
  • Ways in which the spectacle of televised sport is changing, and what opportunities this opens up for women’s representation (e.g., does pink-ball cricket subvert the sport’s colonial stiffness from within?).
  • Sportswomen and media, navigating the marketability of being an athlete and its associated body expectations, and the sexualisation of female athletes, commenters, cheerleaders and audiences.
  • The genderedness of sports media and sports writing, whether the field itself is gendered, and what can be done about that.
  • Health and fitness cultures: how women’s body expectations relate to sporting cultures, and how sports are considered both a form of recreation and exercise. What do sports mean in relation to physical and mental well-being – do they contribute, or distract?
  • Socialisation and genderedness in sport: ways in which women are taught to relate to sports as children, and the effects of those gender norms.

We’re using ‘sport’ in the broadest possible sense – if you think your idea or experience is relevant, it probably is. We are particularly interested in pitches from and/or about trans, gender diverse, non-binary, intersex and otherwise non-cis women, as well as from and/or about queer, lesbian, and bisexual women. While the focus of the series will be on women and female-identifying people’s experiences, we encourage pitches from everyone.

Submit your pitches via our Submittable – please put ‘Women in Sport’ in the subject line. If you have any questions, you can contact the series editor, Justin Wolfers.