The reviews are coming in for The Best American Sports Writing 2019… and they’re good!

In this excellent edition, series editor Stout posits, with tongue in cheek, that journalism’s wobbly future will necessitate a switch to “Paylance”—writers will pay to get published. Esquire writer Pierce (Idiot America), who has expertly covered politics and sports for decades, laments the demise of a lost art. Fortunately, those conditions do not prevent another outstanding collection from being assembled. This great mix of essays shines a spotlight on all aspects of the human condition, whether it’s in a New York Magazine piece by Kerry Howley on how meek physician Larry Nassar engendered trust among the parents of the female gymnasts he sexually assaulted for years, or how California inmate Artis Monroe found happiness by giving old bicycles new life in Kim Cross’s essay for Bicycling. The volume also includes several funny and irreverent essays, such as GQ’s Caity Weaver’s scavenger hunt in Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium, related in “My Magical Quest to Destroy Tom Brady and Win a Philadelphia Eagles Mini-Fridge at Super Bowl LII.” The quality of the writing and diversity of the subjects will delight readers and inspire and enlighten the next generation of writers.

Proud to announce that Red Sox groundskeeper David Mellor’s PTSD memoir, One Base at a Time, has been published by Post Hill Press. I began working with David on his book nearly four years ago and am thrilled finally to see it in print. Although I chose not to receive cover credit, the book was created from a basic manuscript written by David, supplemented by more than 20 hours of interview I conducted. I had those transcribed, then “married” them to David’s existing manuscript and, collaborating with David, produced and structured a book that tells David’s compelling story in his own voice.


Book proposal client J. David Herman’s first book, Almost Yankees, was just published and received this rave review from Library Journal:

“Herman . . . recalls the magical season in this part memoir, mostly baseball history destined to become a baseball classic. . . . Using interviews, books, newspapers, and a range of other primary sources, Herman weaves a fascinating saga filled with humorous and tragic events of the era and is at his best recalling off the field stories. . . . A lively grand slam that will win over all sports fans, and anyone interested in a story well told.”—Boyd Childress, Library Journal

see “Editorial Consulting” on the side menu for more information on my services.


An old story re-upped, on Tony C and the toughest story I ever had to write:

The Mother Library, from Yankee Magazine



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On November 20, 2018 Houghton Mifflin  Harcourt published my latest book, with Richard Johnson, “THE PATS,” a comprehensive, authoritative and illustrated history of the Boston & New England Patriots in the tradition of the best-selling Red Sox Century and Yankees Century. The book features more than 200 photographs, an authoritative 150,000 word text with guest essays by Ron Borges, Howard Bryant, Lesley Visser, Leigh Montville, Upton Bell and Richard Johnson. Order now:



SportsBiblio Digest Notable Book of the Year List!

NYT bestseller

TALKING ABOUT THE PATS here: and here:

“Listen up, one and all: this is the book every Patriots fan has been waiting for. Glenn Stout and Richard Johnson are not merely writers of sport. They are legitimate sports historians. Big difference. It’s all here, triumphs, warts and all, in exquisite detail. And it is spectacularly illustrated. You’re not going to get this anywhere else. Hold all calls. we have a journalistic winner.” Bob Ryan, Boston Globe columnist emeritus and ESPN commentator

“Who knew that the remorseless victory machine we know today as the New England Patriots hit so many bumps and took so many tumbles along the road to glory? Glenn Stout and Richard Johnson celebrate the team where it’s due, but they also chasten and chide, and bring in another half-dozen voices to vary the perspective. The Pats is a jubilee of anecdote and unlikelihood, with character after fascinating character dropped in—a book not just for the Patriots fan, but for anyone curious about pro football, New England, and how even the most apparently hopeless franchise can build a winning culture.”

Alexander Wolff, author of The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama

“From Billy Sullivan to Bill Belichick–plus everything in between–the history of the Patriots is all here—the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ridiculously great.  And there’s the plain ridiculous, too, like the Pats game that was won by a fan who ran onto the field in street clothes and deflected a last-second foe’s pass.  The writing is so vivid that even folks who loathe all things New England and couldn’t tell a Gronk from a grunt will be riveted.  Who knew men as varied as Boston Catholic Diocese Cardinal Richard Cushing and beat pioneer Jack Kerouac were interwoven into the Patriots complex birth? From epic stadium plumbing issues to traffic jams from hell to perhaps the oddest head coach in NFL history–the unstable Clive Rush–this history is a page-turner as great as the Super Bowls Tom Brady has won again and again.”

 –Rick Telander, Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, Author of Heaven Is A Playground and The Hundred Yard Lie

“Glenn Stout and Richard Johnson do so much more than explore the history of Boston sports. With their dazzling skill for looking beyond the boxscores and scoring summaries, they whisk us back in time to old ballparks, long-ago games and the personalities who made Boston a dynamic sports town. What Stout and Johnson did for baseball with “Red Sox Century” they now do for football with “The Pats.”

–Steve Buckley, Boston Herald

“If you’re a fan of great football or just great writing, you’ll love ‘The Pats.’ It covers the birth of football through the Pats’ wilderness years to the current dynasty — and everything in between — with fresh insight, bite, and humor from an All-Pro roster of writers. The story of Tom Brady’s unlikely ascension to the throne alone is worth the price, but this book also serves as a prism for the game itself. As captivating as a two-minute drill.”

-John U. Bacon, New York Times bestselling author of Endzone

The absolute best Christmas gift for the Patriot fan in your life would be “The Pats” – An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots. By Richard Johnson and Glenn Stout. It’s an indexed and comprehensive bible of Patriot history.

-Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe

NEED A SIGNED COPY?  See Signed Copies in the menu on the right side of the page or see me here.

I am now collecting material for The Best American Sports Writing 2020, the 30th Edition, which will include work that appears in 2019. The Deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2020 (postmark) and the book will appear in early October of 2020.

NOTE: Jackie MacMullan, originally selected as guest editor for BASW 2019, has, unfortunately, withdrawn.  Her statement follows:

“I was both thrilled and honored to be chosen as the guest editor for the 2019 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. Unfortunately, some unexpected health challenges will prevent me from fulfilling the requirements of this prestigious responsibility. I look forward to returning in this role in 2020.”

For submission guidelines,  see any recent edition, the “Best American Sports Writing: How to Submit” page to the right, or the Best American Sports Writing Facebook page.

Previous editions of BASW, a near-annual NEIBA, Boston Globe Paperback NonFiction and New York Times Sports and Fitness bestseller, remain available – support your independent bookseller! Earlier editions may be found through used booksellers. The 2017 edition, guest edited by Howard Bryant, was named as on of the ten best Sports Book of 2017 list, by the The Boston Globe, Best Sports Book of 2017 list: The Irish Times, and Top Ten Journalism Book of the Year

Publication pending for another recently completed  book with a co-author, a well-known sports figure, about his experience with PTSD.

Currently under contract for a true crime yarn from the 1920s, due to appear in 2020.


While working on my next book, I may still have room to take on a select project or two, either manuscript editing or Book Proposal consulting: my last three proposal clients have all received contract offers.

 One client, a first-time author, just had his initial book proposal accepted by one of the top literary agents in the country.  The agent wrote “…You’ve written a first-rate proposal that needs very little work. This puts you in a notable minority among my stable, as I typically get closely involved in helping clients revise. You don’t need much, not at all.” He has since signed publishing contract and recently wrote:

Any author, particularly the aspiring sort, would be fortunate have Glenn Stout’s help with crafting a proposal. Glenn has proposed and written numerous books himself, and he knows the process and industry well. He’s a fine coach. His editing skills and his eye for detail are superb. He’s also a pleasure to work with. I’m very grateful for his help with a proposal I recently completed. Glenn helped me dig deeper and dramatically improve on my early drafts, with greater detail and a stronger voice. My proposal drew interest from multiple agents and has just drawn its first two offers from publishing houses.” – First time author, currently under contract

“I’ve written 47 books and hundreds of articles. I’ve never – and I mean never – had an editor who challenged me in a more positive way than Glenn Stout did. The demands he put upon me were all aimed at making my writing better.” – Thomas Hauser – Author of “Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times” and “Missing”

For more, see the  EDITORIAL CONSULTING page

I spent July 13 thru July 31, 2017 in Archer City, Texas, teaching at the invitation-only Narrative Nonfiction Workshop (July 23-30) and at a separate Book Proposal workshop (July 14-16 plus an additional three-day residency option) at the Archer City Story Center, Archer City, Texas. Suffice to say that every person who attended either workshop found the experience both professional valuable and often personally transformative – and well worth it.

On July 1, 2017, “The Selling of the Babe: The Deal That Changed Baseball and Created a Legend” was awarded the 2017 Larry Ritter Book Award by The Society for American Baseball Research for the best book on the Deadball Era. Ritter, of course, was author of the classic oral history “The Glory of Their Times.” I believe this makes me the first author to win the award twice – “Fenway 1912,” was also awarded the 2012 Ritter Award and the 2012 Seymour Medal for best baseball book of history or biography, the only book title to win both awards in the same year.  My speech : For more, scroll down:

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A film based on my book YOUNG WOMAN AND THE SEA, the story of Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel, is currently set up and under development at PARAMOUNT PICTURES, screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ETA 2020. More information TK…

THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2017, guested edited by Howard Bryant, remains available! Support your local bookseller!

Best Sports Book of 2017 list: The Boston Globe

Best Sports Book of 2017 list: The Irish Times

Top Ten Journalism Book of the Year


 THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2016 – Rick Telander, Guest Editor, remains available.

A 2016 New York Times Sports and Fitness Best Seller.

“As usual, the selections are entertaining and informative deep dives into the sports world that will appeal to fans of general nonfiction as well as aficionados. Each essay has the pace and narrative that is expected of well-crafted journalism and illuminates not only sport itself but the role it plays in the broader life of its participants. For the subjects of these stories, sports are a way to understand who they are as human beings, and for the writers, they are a lens that brings the true subjects into sharper focus.

Verdict Recommended for sports nuts looking for good, brief reads but also for fans of general nonfiction to whom sport may not have occurred as a topic for intellectual reading.” – Library Journal


The Selling of the Babe was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award from Spitball Magazine as the best baseball book of the year.

FINALIST – Dorothy and Harold Seymour Medal for best book of baseball history or biography, awarded the Larry Ritter Book Award, for best book on the Deadball Era, The Society for American Baseball Research TOP 10 NOTABLE SPORTS BOOK OF 2016



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In October I appeared with NPR’s Bill Littlefield at the Brattleboro (VT) Literary Festival. Watch here:

In July 2016 I completed a week and a half session planning and then teaching at the inaugural narrative nonfiction writing workshop at the Archer City Story Center in Archer City, Texas with acclaimed Canadian journalist Eva Holland, Director and New York Times best-selling author Kim Cross, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jacqui Banaszynski. The workshop, unique in the field, took in a diverse group of ten nominated writers and journalist of varying backgrounds and experience levels from around North America and immersed them for a week in small town Texas life, where instead of work-shopping stories from outside, they reported stories in the community and explored them in real time. For more see


“I’ve written 47 books and hundreds of articles. I’ve never – and I mean never – had an editor who challenged me in a more positive way than Glenn Stout did. The demands he put upon me were all aimed at making my writing better.” – Thomas Hauser – Author of “Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times” and “Missing”

One client, a first-time author, just had his initial book proposal accepted by one of the top literary agents in the country.  The agent wrote “…You’ve written a first-rate proposal that needs very little work. This puts you in a notable minority among my stable, as I typically get closely involved in helping clients revise. You don’t need much, not at all.”

  I recently consulted with an established author and another widely acclaimed first-time author on major trade book proposals, edited a book on deadline for an author with a major trade book deal, am consulting with one writer on a memoir and consulting with a young writer on a narrative feature.  In the past year I have also done piece work editing for a major regional magazine, and edited a number of longform narratives for established, well-respected outlets that have been recognized by top aggregators and cited as some of the best longform narrative work of 2016.

For more information on Glenn, check here:

* On February 20, 2016, a rough cut of the new film “Lou Montgomery: A Legacy Restored” (2015, USA, 45 min.) produced by noted filmmakers Susan Michalczyk, associate professor in the Honors Program at Boston College, and John Michalczyk, a professor of fine arts, was screened at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The film concerns the impact Jim Crow had on the life and football career of Boston College’s Lou Montgomery. I appear in the film and contributed a taped recording of my interview with Montgomery, the only known recording of Montgomery in existence, dating from 1987 when my profile “Jim Crow, Halfback,” appeared in Boston Magazine and first delivered his story to a wide audience.  The film has since been completed, enjoyed a second showing in Boston, and is currently under consideration for airing on a major cable outlet.

* I am no longer Longform Editor for ( For more, see the “About Longform page.”)

Since launching under in September of 2012, multiple stories from  were cited by aggregators such as,, and others as some of the best longform journalism currently being produced anywhere, in print or online.  Multiple stories were cited on various “Best” lists by,,,, Sports Illustrated and others, two stories won awards from the prestigious American Society for Journalists and Authors and two authors were finalists for a Livingston Award for their work, one whose book included portions of stories edited was a finalist for the PENN/ESPN award for Literary Sports Writing.  Unfortunately, the site has apparently been permanently been shuttered, although previously published stories remain available. For more information, links, a list of stories published , citations, awards, testimonials and other information about the work produced by an incredibly talented crew of freelance contributors, see the “About Longform” page to the right.

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