Last updated: February 7, 2020
We’re looking for nerds, dweebs, geeks, dorks, and goofballs who have something to say and can express it well. The ideal writer for WhatNerd is one who is thoughtful, welcoming, and personable. We don’t accept one-off submissions or guest contributions.
Why write for WhatNerd?
WhatNerd is a growing online platform where you can express yourself and have your voice heard by an audience who shares in your interests. If you love all things nerdy and want to empower others to explore the various facets of nerdism, no other upstart site will treat you better. WhatNerd is an independent publication with a stable source of funding.
Here’s what we’re looking for:
- Commentary. Take a topic and give your thoughts on it. It could be a constructive rant, or a persuasive piece, or a deep-dive exploration, or a sharing of your experiences with something new or old, or any number of other formats. Example: Why I’ve Never Read a Comic Book.
- Lists. This is about as open-ended as it gets: things you want to recommend, things you’re looking forward to, things to know about a particular subject, things you love or hate about something, things to watch out for, etc. Example: X Essential Card Games for the Modern Family.
- Explainers. Take a topic and explore it in a more objective way than a commentary. These tend to be factual and/or historical, and tend not to involve as much injection of opinions. Example: What Are Escape Rooms and Why Have They Gotten So Popular?
- Guides. Teach readers how to do something. Writers should have personal experience with whatever it is they want to teach. Example: How to Host a Successful Game Night.
What are the expectations?
WhatNerd articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words. Contributors are expected to submit between 1 to 8 articles per month.
What makes a good WhatNerd article?
- Write with a purpose. If you want to argue for or against something, be sure you know what your stance is. Wishy-washy, half-hearted, or lukewarm positions are boring. We want writers who have convictions. Know what you want to say, then say it well.
- Write for readers. WhatNerd is not meant to be your personal blog. Just because you want to write about something doesn’t mean people will want to read it. We want writers who can identify interesting topics and engage readers with their writing.
- Be different. We want writers who don’t just have something to say, but can stand out from other entertainment writers. Say something insightful, say something funny, say something controversial, say something in a new way that resonates. No generic rubbish, please.
- Be honest and relatable. We want writers who can carry a conversational tone but remain professional. We dislike writing that’s academic, distant, or dry. Be vulnerable and show your personality.
- Be nuanced and constructive. There are plenty of things we don’t like, but WhatNerd prides itself on not being a negative platform. Constructive criticism is good; blatant hostility is not. Jerks and elitists need not apply.
We only publish fresh content and will not publish articles that have already been published elsewhere. We retain the copyrights on all articles published on WhatNerd, and we do not allow our articles to be republished.
How much does WhatNerd pay?
All WhatNerd contributors are paid $80 per article.
We pay once a month, at the beginning of every month, via Payoneer.