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Have you dreamed about being an SB Nation writer? Now, here's your chance!

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From Big Brother's virtual desk:

The 2015 WNBA season is still several months away, and the NCAA tournament hasn't just started yet. But here at Swish Appeal, we are looking for passionate fans to join our staff to help cover news pieces, game previews, recaps, and photos.

How do I apply?

Fill out SB Nation NBA's application form - Swish Appeal is part of the SB Nation NBA network. Our league manager Seth Pollack has more on what we (and the other 32 sites within the NBA network) are looking for. Please fill out that form, which you can access directly by clicking here.

Under some of the fields in that form, make sure that you mention that you want to write on the WNBA and for Swish Appeal. See this example below:

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Also, please email us at swishappeal AT gmail DOT com so we know that you're interested, because Seth gets that form for all of the NBA team sites.

Writing and/or photo samples - It's one thing to say you want to write for Swish Appeal. That's talking the talk. How about walking the walk?

You must write TWO (2) FanPosts on any two different women's basketball topics you'd like (WNBA teams, NCAA women's basketball teams, International Professional Teams, Youth Basketball, etc.) Some sample topics you could write about:

  • Does the 2015 WNBA Draft have any future All-Stars in it?
  • Which 2015 WNBA Draft prospects figure to be busts based on their projected draft position, and which prospects could be steals?
  • There have been a good number of upsets throughout the 2014-15 NCAA women's college basketball season. Is this a sign of parity for years to come?

To write a FanPost, click here. You don't need to write 2,000-word pieces like Nate's Bria Hartley analysis of how good she'll be in the year... 2020. Often times, a 500-600 word piece will get the point across. Please submit your two FanPosts in by Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

If you are a photographer, again, please email us at swishappeal AT gmail DOT com to provide us a sample portfolio by Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.

What makes a good Swish Appeal blogger?

Fan passion and perspective - Swish Appeal has long been known for being a WNBA blog that comes from the voice of passionate fans. We don't just simply write about a news story in and of itself. We are not afraid to voice our opinions, even if and when they otherwise go against what many, if not most in the women's basketball world think. Our analysis from the fan perspective is the essence of who we are, and it's something that our staff members bring to the table with every piece they write.

Don't be afraid to be biased. SB Nation wouldn't be what it is without that passion and perspective.

Good prose - This isn't as important as fan passion and perspective, but you still need good grammar and spelling in your posts. We get that not everyone will have perfect prose that would make your English teacher proud. However, writing a FanPost that has tons of spelling and punctuation errors isn't going to give you a good first impression.

Thick skin - As one of the premier WNBA sites on the Internet, your content is seen every day by the WNBA, NCAA, teams, coaches, and players you are writing about.

Not everyone is going to like your well-written opinions, whether it's other fans, teams' front offices and/or the players themselves. You're going to get backlash at some point and that's what comes with the business. Being able to ignore your haters is an essential part of blogging on a topic like sports in general, let alone women's basketball.

TL;dr version: As a blogger, you will eventually get questioned in the comments, and you will get haters on Twitter for your analysis.

Why? 'Cuz the haters gonna hate while you're just gonna just shake it off like Albert does for his morning exercise routine:

Do I get paid? Where can Swish Appeal take me?

Most new bloggers are unpaid. That said, some bloggers are, and there are opportunities to advance within the SB Nation hierarchy. Multiple writers have used this space to move on to bigger and better things, such as working in communications for Division I university athletic departments, work with WNBA teams, or secure full-time positions in local newspapers.

Other current writers have done great work here and are continuing to do the same on other SB Nation NBA sites. Nate is also at Golden State of Mind, SB Nation's Golden State Warriors site. Albert is also at Bullets Forever, the Washington Wizards site.

You won't be rich from blogging, but you will get satisfaction from sharing your voice on the Internet's best sports blog network.

When will I know if I'm accepted?

We don't have a hard and fast rule on when our new staff members will be announced. That said, we do anticipate bringing some new people aboard around the week of Sunday, February 22, 2015 or so.

Thanks, and good luck! If you have any questions, please comment below.

UPDATE

We will be extending the deadline to Friday, February 21, 2015 at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.