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Seeking: Aston Villa season ticket holders with a desire to write

We want your views, and we want them from the stands!

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Hello there! If you're reading this, I presume that you have some interest in writing about Aston Villa. I also presume you're either 1) a season ticket holder or 2) a regular attendee of Aston Villa matches. I'm looking to start a new regular feature here, and as will become obvious soon, there's no way I (nor most of the writers on the site) can write it.

This idea is cribbed from our SB Nation Portland Trailblazers blog. They have someone who is at the match write an "in-arena" report after every game. And I love the idea of doing that here. The goal would be to get a first-person account of Aston Villa's matches. What did you see in the stands? What stood out live that we may have missed on television. Was there a new chant that had particular impact?

So I'm looking for volunteers to write. If we get enough people and we can cover away matches, too, that would be amazing. Here is the general outline of expectations:

  • This is NOT a paid gig. As you can imagine, we run on a shoestring budget, so unfortunately I cannot offer monetary compensation.
  • Each writer would take 2-4 matches (we'll finalize a number when I find out how many people are interested), and then we would switch to another writer.
  • The writer would need to have a from-the-stands story to me in time to publish the day after the match.
  • I want pieces that are 300 words or longer
  • I will edit all submissions, but you will be free to express your opinions (even if they are contrary to what you see on the site elsewhere). My editing will be for grammar/style and to make sure nothing offensive is written.
  • There will be no restriction on what you write or how you write it. Tell us your story from the stands in the best way you see fit!

Again, this is not a long-term gig, nor is it a paying one. But if you like writing, like having a built-in audience, and want to share your passion for Aston Villa, this could be for you! If you're interested, please drop me a line at rlintott@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!