About Us

Sports Collectors Digest is the hobby’s oldest and largest publication, covering every aspect of modern sports collecting including cards, memorabilia, lithographs, autographed material and more. Each issue also includes up-to-date pricing and check-listing data from some of the most respected experts in the hobby.

Sports Collectors Digest Writer’s Guidelines

Want to write for SCD? Please read the guidelines below.

Editorial Submissions
Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome, but must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient return postage. Query letters are appreciated with samples of the author’s previously published writing. Writers are also encouraged to send in completed articles for consideration.
Queries are accepted via e-mail at tom.bartsch@fwmedia.com or by calling 715-445-4612.

Content
Sports Collectors Digest (SCD) is published weekly and 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.

What are we looking for?
    • Profiles. These 600 to 800-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
F+W 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 F+W 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. At such time, a lesser kill fee may be offered.
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. 

Manuscript Format
Articles are accepted via e-mail or on disk. 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.

Style
We follow the basic journalistic style guidelines in The Associated Press Stylebook.

Photographs
Authors are encouraged to submit color or black-and-white to accompany their submissions. Photos should be identified on a separate sheet or on a Post-It note on the back of the photo. If desired, photo credits will be given, and photos will be returned upon publication.
Digital images (TIFF or JPG) of at least 200 dpi resolution are acceptable. They may be sent via e-mail or on disk.
Images pulled off Web sites 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.

Contact
Interested freelance writers should query managing editor Tom Bartsch at 715-445-4612, ext. 13815, via mail at 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990-0001 or via e-mail at tom.bartsch@fwmedia.com.

For a sample copy of SCD, call 800-258-0929.

For more information about SCD, visit www.sportscollectorsdigest.com.