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Pretty. Damned. Fast. is an inclusive community to empower women/trans/femme/non-binary folks who love cycling. We welcome a range of contributors on our blog and these guidelines will ensure that you optimize your work so it resonates with our audience and, ideally, throughout the entire industry.

Pretty. Damned. Fast has over 70,000 visitors from all over the world each year and is one of the only dedicated women's cycling platforms in the United States. 

We welcome all forms of media for contributions and pitches:

  • Written essays, articles, interviews, and reviews

  • Photo essays

  • Videos

  • Social media-only posts and takeovers

  • Live coverage from major races and events


The Essentials

No matter what you’re writing, we ask that contributions and pitches focus on stories and issues related to women/trans/femme/non-binary cycling in some form. We also require a few things to help make both your and our lives a little easier when it comes to contributions:

  • Be yourself. Pretty. Damned. Fast. is here to empower and celebrate women’s cycling. In the end, your voice is what we want to hear because it’s your story to tell.

  • Give credit. Go ahead and shout out your favorite companies, photographers, organizations, and more, but be sure to include relevant links, tags, and information in your article so we have the correct information.

  • Imagery. Every contribution is required to have high resolution images, graphics or videos.

  • Length. While we understand different stories call for more or less text, we’ve found our audience generally likes articles between 500 and 800 words.


How to Pitch or Contribute

Please email prettydamnedfast@gmail.com with the following:

Written Piece

  • Your completed post as a Word Doc or Google Doc link with editing rights

  • A suggested title and short blurb to summarize your piece (1-3 short sentences)

  • Social media account attributions (specifically Instagram handles or hashtags for you, the event, your team, etc.)

  • Image files, with captions and credits

  • Short author bio. You did the work so we want to make sure you get proper credit. Your bio should be approximately 60 words and should include links to your social media accounts and website (if relevant), along with any other links you wish to display.

  • (optional) Call to action. What should readers do next? If you can, include related links to inform and inspire others – for example, a link to the route you rode, the signup/information page for the event, or a social media account or hashtag to follow.

Photo Essay

  • Shared folder with all photos

  • A title and short blurb to summarize your piece (1-3 sentences)

  • Captions and credits for photos

  • Social media account attributions

  • Short author bio. You did the work so we want to make sure you get proper credit. Your bio should be approximately 60 words and should include links to your social media accounts and website (if relevant), along with any other links you wish to display.

  • (optional) Call to action. What should readers do next? If you can, include related links to inform and inspire others – for example, a link to the route you rode, the signup or information page for the event, or a social media account or hashtag to follow.


How it Works

So you sent your story in - what’s next?

First, it could take a couple of weeks for the editors to reach out to you. Our editors are all volunteers. They work hard to have timely responses and work with contributors on their unique situations.

A date will be picked for the publication. If you have a specific timeline, please let us know in your first email.

We will share the article our social media accounts and from there, we encourage you to share as well!


The Not So Fine Print

While we appreciate each contribution, we cannot accept every contribution. Each contribution is assessed based off the timing of the submission, our audience, and our current content schedule.

The PDF editors reserve the right to edit your posts. While we won’t completely rewrite your post, we will revise for clarity, grammatical issues, length or article structure. Our goal is not to strip your post of it’s voice but instead, craft it to work for the PDF audience. If your post needs major revisions, we may email you with questions or suggestions.