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We are looking to add some new writers to our staff. Think you have what it takes? We’d love to have you!

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We have a lot of plans for this upcoming season, but in order to pull them off we will need some help. We are looking to hire new contributors for the site, starting this summer. These positions range from daily links contributors to game day coverage correspondents to staff writers.

But first, some numbers to consider. We usually post somewhere around 20-24 posts a week (more like 30-35 during the playoffs, especially last year). To average between three and four posts a day, it takes a team of committed, consistent, and talented writers. That’s where you come in.

So who are we looking for?

First and foremost, we are looking for avid hockey fans who love the game and want to write about it. This is a must. If you don’t love hockey, this isn’t the place for you. And if you don’t want to write about hockey, this definitely isn’t the place for you.

Second, we are looking for people with strong writing skills. You should have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of writing, of course, but you should also have a distinctive voice. This is so important. Our community is built upon interesting, witty conversation about hockey featuring some of the funniest people on the planet. We also have some of the most astute thinkers in the blogging world, who can create some ingenious ideas as well as some crazy ones.

So, to recap: you need to a) love hockey, b) want to write about hockey, and c) have strong writing skills and a unique voice.

(Note: being a fan of the Nashville Predators is not a requirement. We have had Capitals fans, closet Habs fans, and (gasps) Blackhawks fans on board around here)

If you think you have those qualities, congratulations! Now you just have to pick a position to apply for. Here’s what we need:

  • Dump & Chase Links Contributor: This job requires reading up on the latest from around the NHL, providing quick links and commentary on anything hockey related. It isn’t a very time consuming role, but it’s one that requires consistency and dedication. The links are published every day around 7:00 AM, so some early morning/very late night reading and writing will be a part of the job duties. One added benefit is that you will learn a whole lot more about the Toronto Maple Leafs, as that seems to be the only team that the majority of the hockey world cares about.
  • Game Previews & Recaps Contributor: As the title implies, this job requires writing up interesting and engaging previews on game days as well as providing instant reaction and recaps from the games after they’ve concluded. This duty also requires a different kind of dedication from the links contributor, because obviously it centers around the game schedule. Being a part of the “Precaps” crew requires flexibility and the ability to turn in top quality work in a timely fashion. Game previews are published around midday on game day, but are usually due the morning of or the night before. Game recaps are published within 15 minutes of the game’s conclusion.
  • Staff Writers: (Experience required) This job can take many different forms, depending on the skills of the writer. Maybe you are a budding hockey analyst with a new idea on how to tackle passing stats. Maybe you are an arm-chair GM and you’ve got the perfect formula for building a Cup winning team. Maybe you just enjoy dishing hot takes to anyone who will hear them. Maybe you’ve got wit and snark to burn and can think of nowhere else to light up than here at OTF. For this position we are looking for variety and voice above all else. We will probably ask for more than one writing example, just to see the scope of your abilities.

To apply for any of these positions, follow these steps.

1st: Complete this form. We will want to have a writing sample, so be prepared to share that with us. If you do not have a writing sample to send us, make one! You can recap an old game, analyze a free agent need, or construct a hot take on the upcoming season.

2nd: Wait at least 10 days for us to respond to your application. Don’t worry, we will respond to everyone!

3rd: In our response, we will give you a FanPost assignment to complete. Details about the assignment will be in our response.

4th: Wait 10 more days as we review the assignments posted. Again, we will respond to everyone that we asked to submit a FanPost.

That’s it!

Finally, I will leave you with this. Over the course of May 2017, had 184K global unique visitors, about 150K of which were in the United States. On average, 5,000 different people in the country will come to this website every day to see what we are saying about the NHL and the Nashville Predators.

If you’d like the best platform to showcase your hockey knowledge and writing skills to the world, where literally thousands of people will read your words and hear what you have to say, look no further.