Sports Collectors Digest is the hobby's oldest and largest publication, covering every aspect of modern sports collecting including cards, memorabilia, autographed material and more.
SCD is published monthly with a special double issue published bimonthly. It includes feature stories, news items and regular columns. Articles are of general interest to collectors, dealers and others actively involved in the sports collecting hobby.
Sports Collectors Digest Writer's Guidelines
Want to write for SCD? Please read the guidelines below.
Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome but not guaranteed to be published. Those who want to share their collections can do so in the reader-generated Collectors Corner that range up to 600 words. For feature stories, it's best to pitch ideas ahead of time with samples of the author’s previously published writing.
Queries are accepted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are we looking for?
• Profiles. These 600 to 1,000-word profiles could feature interesting stories about “super” collectors, enterprising dealers, industry types, fledgling businesses or other personalities in the hobby. They should be creatively written in story form, rather than question and answer format.
• Feature stories. Subject matter should focus on the sports collectibles in some form or athletes whose collectibles are sought. Examples include museums, player features, card set memories, collecting stories, etc.
• Event coverage. SCD regularly covers news of events such as shows and auctions. These features should include highlights of the events (special guests, prices realized, major announcements) and high-quality photos with identification information.
Rights and Payment
Active Interest Media purchases perpetual but non-exclusive rights to manuscripts, meaning that after our initial publication, the author is free to sell the work elsewhere, but Active Interest Media retains the right to republish the material (online or in other company publications).
Previously published articles can be submitted for consideration; please specify previous publisher/date with query.
Editorial contracts are mailed out after the article has been accepted, but the editor retains the right to withhold publication due to space, time or other considerations.
Payment for articles accepted is based on a per-story basis (story plus illustrative material) at the editor’s discretion. Payment is upon publication, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon.
Articles are accepted via email. Do not submit copy typed in ALL CAPS.
Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format or other universal software so it can be opened on our end.
We follow the basic journalistic style guidelines in The Associated Press Stylebook.
Authors are encouraged to submit hi-res color or black-and-white images to accompany their submissions via email. If desired, photo credits will be given.
Digital images (JPG, PNG, or GIF) of at least 200 dpi resolution are acceptable.
Images pulled off websites without the site owner’s or author’s permission are unacceptable. Images must not be taken from other published sources (books or magazines) without the respective publisher’s or photographer’s permission. Any questions about photos should be directed to the editor prior to submission.
Interested freelance writers should query editor Jeff Owens at email@example.com
For more information about SCD, visit www.sportscollectorsdigest.com.