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Update: Come write for Halos Heaven!

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Seriously, we aren’t kidding

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UPDATE: Please have any submissions in by Friday, November 1st. We’ve already received a half dozen submissions and will be adding 2-3 writers. We’ll be in touch the first week of November!!

Hello Angels fans! Ever wanted to write for the top Angels fan site on the entire World Wide Web? Now is your chance! If you made it through the past few seasons in one piece and STILL think you want to write about the Angels, then you are just who we are looking for. If you write for Halos Heaven, you can write about the best baseball player EVER. You can also write about Mike Trout.

Halos Heaven has a proud, and sometimes storied history of being the best place to go for honest writing and reporting about all things Angels on the Internet. A place where saber-savvy passionate fans have been coming to chat about the team for years, through the bad times and the worse times (hello past 4 years!). We have a rich, diverse community that literally spans the globe, and writing for this community, specifically, with its passion and depth of knowledge, is both a serious responsibility and an incredible gift. We are looking for a few writers to join our crew, and who are willing to take up this mantle.

Who you are:

  • First, and most importantly, you really, really love the Angels, for whatever reason. This team could be incredibly fun, with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani cruising around on golf carts, or it could be seven months of being stuck in that garbage compacter in Star Wars. You need to love the team and be willing to write about them even in even the worsiest of times. (Yes worsiest is an actual word - at least in the Halos Heaven dictionary)
  • You have a voice that comes through in your writing. A writing voice comes from writing, a lot. If you don’t feel like you have a voice, you probably need to do some more writing. A writing voice can also come from having deep knowledge in a particular field. Maybe that’s baseball, maybe it’s math and stats, or history, or psychology. If you have deep knowledge about something that you can bring to bear on baseball, we want to hear from you.
  • You have a significant amount of time you can commit to this role. We need writers who can commit in advance to 2-3 pieces a week (during the season), and 1 per week during the off-season. Not everything needs to be a lengthy feature; sometimes the biggest help is putting up a 200-300 word news blurb when something big goes down like a Cam Bedrosian lifetime contract extension on Christmas Eve. That kind of flexibility is incredibly valuable, but so is locking down the schedule early so I don’t have to worry about the site suddenly hitting a pothole mid-week.
  • You have ideas for your own pieces and passion projects, and are also willing to accept assignments. Variety is great and we need it. From stats-focused pieces to player profiles to pitching analyses to prospect info to silly things. We’re looking for people who can contribute to this diversity. In your cover letter, pitch us some ideas—what is missing from the site right now? What can you add to what we’re already doing, and what new perspective can you bring? Send us pieces that show your flexibility as a writer and ability to take on different topics.

What you’ll get:

  • Not money, unfortunately. After a trial period, during which you show that you will not flee screaming into the night, you will receive a piddly amount of money, enough for beer and pizza, or perhaps two pizzas, if you don’t drink. Maybe you can even buy yourself a few In N Out Burgers with your take (since clearly In N Out is better than Five Guys).
  • Better. Want to improve your writing? That will happen here. Writing for an audience, especially this audience, forces you to show up at the page and do something good.
  • Exposure/Community/New Friends! I hate to trumpet this one too much because if you do something, you should do it for the love of doing it and not for the glory. But the fact is, if you write at HH, you will be connected to a rich network of people who love baseball and love good writing about baseball, and it will be really, really fun.

What to send:

  • A brief introduction letter (brief = should all fit on one page) about who you are, what your experience is, and why you want to do this (why would you?). Also tell us if you prefer In N Out or Five Guys and WHY.
  • As part of that introduction letter, include some pitches for things you’d like to see on the site/article ideas you have.
  • 2 writing samples that showcase your range as a writer. One should be baseball focused in some way—you could mock recap a game if you don’t have experience writing about baseball. The other can be what you like, but should show a range from your first sample and should not be fiction or poetry. Leave your name off your writing samples, as there will be a blind evaluation. We are especially in need of game re-cappers, so having one of your samples be a recap might be a boon. As a bonus submission, you could also write a fan post on the Halos Heaven site.

Send this packet of goodness to halosheaven@zoho.com.

If you have questions, please leave them in the comments or shoot an email to the address above. Thank you for everything you do, person who cared enough to read all 937 words of this, to enrich this community.