We’re looking for the best writers, not necessarily the most experienced: people who are enthusiastic and imaginative. Whenever we are accepting pitches again, we will need:
- 2–3 representative samples of video games criticism of 1500 words or more. This material need not have previously been published. If you don’t have a link to a website, we’ll contact you with a request for supporting documents.
- Pitch (500 words maximum) for a games criticism or feature piece in your own style: original, entertaining, insightful, personal. We are looking for work that can be enjoyed by readers who have not played video games previously, as well as existing players.
Five out of Ten does not pay a salary for commissioned work. Writers will be paid a share of the issue’s profit (minus transaction fees and infrastructural costs) for a minimum of one year from the magazine’s publication date. No minimum wage can or will be promised by the editor.
We do not accept unsolicited submissions, republications of previously published work, or pitches for non-feature content.
Please don’t send finished articles: we won’t publish them. We prefer to work with the writer to develop articles before they are written.
Approved writers will produce two articles for each issue: one freeform piece (according to your accepted pitch) and one piece around a central theme to be disclosed upon approval. Any writer accepted as a contributor may be dismissed without financial compensation if they fail to adhere to publication deadlines or the spirit of the magazine.