The Call for Writers is something of an annual tradition over here at AnandTech. As anyone who follows the site knows very well, the list of things we have to review/cover easily exceeds our available time. So the call for writers gives us a chance to find new talent and new opportunities to grow, be it into new coverage areas entirely or just covering more of the existing products our readers have come to enjoy over the years.

The ultimate purpose of the Call for Writers is to find new talent. To continue to grow and improve our content, we need your help. We're looking for writers with a true passion for the technology we cover, a deep understanding of what's out there and a thirst for more knowledge.

We're looking for contributors to help out both with reviews as well as our short-to-medium form Pipeline coverage. The areas in particular we're looking for help with are listed below:

  • News/Pipeline (PC)
  • News/Pipeline (Mobile)
  • Networking
  • GPUs (US-only)
  • Systems/Laptops (US-only)
  • Mobile/Smartphones (US/Canada & Europe)
  • Memory
  • Community Manager (US-only)
  • Storage (Inc. Solid State)
  • Monitors
  • Home Automation/IoT
  • Professional Graphics/GPU

If you find yourself at the intersection of knowledge and passion about any of those areas, and have some time to contribute, you're exactly what we're looking for. These are paid, part-time positions that we're looking to fill, with most positions open on a world-wide basis, and certain positions primed for a quick promotion to full-time. What I need is a writing sample that demonstrates your ability to talk about any one of these topics. Your sample can be in the form of a review, a pipeline post or an analysis piece - it should be something that looks like it would fit in on AnandTech.

Once you've produced it, send it on over to callforwriters@anandtech.com. Please also include a description of what subject(s) you would be interested in writing about, and some basic information about your background and where you're located. We'll read through all samples, but we can't guarantee a reply due to the sheer volume of submissions we tend to receive. If we like what you've sent and there's a potential fit on the team, we'll be in touch.

And even if we aren't, please don't hesitate in trying again next year; anyone who has applied before is welcome to apply again. 2019 was a banner year for us, for example, and we had many more good submissions than we could realistically respond to.

I'll conclude this post with a passage from our About page:

In the early days of technology reporting on the web the focus was almost exclusively on depth. We had a new medium for content that didn't come with the same restrictions as more traditional forms. We could present as much data as we felt was necessary and we could do it quicker.

As the web grew, so did the approach to gaining readership. In many cases, publishers learned from the tips and tricks of more traditional media to growing their audience. The focus shifted away from ultimate understanding of what was being reported, to producing content significantly motivated by increasing traffic, or revenue, or both. Thorough observations were out; sensationalism, link baiting, and the path to shallow 10-o'clock-news reporting were in.

While I believe it's definitely easier to produce content by going this route, I don't believe it's the only way to build a well read website.

If the above resonates with you and you'd like to help by being a part of something different, I'd encourage you to submit a writing sample.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How old do I need to be to work for AnandTech?
A: You need to be old enough to legally work in your country of residence without significant restriction. Otherwise we have no specific requirements so long as you can do the job well. Anand started the site at 14, after all...

Q: Do I need to be located in the United States to work for AnandTech?
A: Some positions do require that you be in the US for logistical reasons, and those specific positions are noted. However unless otherwise noted, most positions are open on a world-wide basis.

Q: Do I need to supply my own products for testing or contacts at companies? (i.e. do I need to be an insider?)
A: No. Assuming for the moment you have a computer to write on, then you already have the most important piece of equipment that you need. Meanwhile you will need some knowledge of the field at hand, but we will introduce you to the people you need to know for your position at AnandTech.

Q: Can I really work for AnandTech even though I don't have a Ph.D in electrical engineering?
A: Yes! We are first and foremost looking for people with a passion to learn, and the knack to make it happen. There's a certain degree of baseline knowledge needed for any given position, but if you can read existing AnandTech articles then you're already half-way there.

Q: Is there a submission deadline?
A: We have a tentative end point for March 21st

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  • yeeeeman - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    I will start with a bad joke, but Anand might be available soon if things turn out the to be true in the Apple Nuvia case. Reply
  • porina - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Has it been a year already? Out of interest, was anyone hired as a result of the 2019 call? I vaguely remember economics were challenging then. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    The 2019 call went well, but for a few different reasons we weren't able to get anyone on-board. Thankfully, none of that should be a problem this year. Reply
  • alphasquadron - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Nice, finally a way for me to promote my company's products to a large audience(and get paid for it!). Can you sign me up as a writer for the news/pipeline section? Reply
  • CharonPDX - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Yes! Sign me up for Networking! It will be no conflict at all with my employment at Widgets Networking Components Inc®, I swear! I shall be completely fair an open to all networking vendors, even the ones that don't have The World's Best Networking Stack™ like Widgets Inc® does! Reply
  • alphasquadron - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Too obvious. Reply
  • eek2121 - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Call for writers? How about a call for a web developer to update your website. ;)

    I'd be more than willing to do this for a reasonable cost, except I'd want to move away from PHP/Wordpress to a proven engine I built many years ago (that I resell to clients) as it's much easier to use for writers and much more secure for sysadmins. It also happens to have more than 100 features that the AT website doesn't, including the basics: editing comments, upvoting/downvoting, SSO, Two-Factor, built in premium subscription support, etc.

    Shoot, I'd be willing to take over sysadmin duties for a very reasonable cost, provided it doesn't monopolize my time. I try to take a hands off approach with my clients: I provide them with a database backup, ensure the site stays online, free of security issues, etc. I don't usually have to deal with help desk type questions as things just work.

    At any rate...
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  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Hi Eek,

    Thanks for the interest, but development is handled by our publisher, Future. This is solely editorial hiring.
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  • shabby - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    Will Future give us a proper posting system with that magical edit button and perhaps up/down votes? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - link

    I don't know about editing. But their platform doesn't support up/down votes (nor would I want them here anyhow). Reply

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