Five out of Ten publishes the best independent games writing in the world. We offer our writers a blank canvas – as long as you’re writing about videogames! We’ll never be the world’s biggest magazine, but we want to be the best, and fairest.
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What we’re looking for
- Unique, imaginative, and inspirational games criticism and experiential writing.
- Well-researched, thought-provoking investigative journalism.
- Voices from beyond the mainstream: we have a proud history of publishing work from women, minorities, and LGBTQ backgrounds. We strongly encourage these writers to pitch.
What we’re not looking for
- Anything we’ve published before. Check our back catalogue – no excuses!
- Event coverage or interviews, unless part of a larger feature.
- Anything about these games (we love them, we’ve just covered them too much!): Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, The Sims, Unreal, Far Cry series, Spec Ops: The Line, Bioshock, Minecraft, Deus Ex, Mass Effect, Metal Gear.
What you need to know
- We pay each contributor a proportion of magazine sales, plus a share of our Patreon income, for at least one year after publication. We don’t guarantee revenue, but we’ll pay what we can: the more people that buy the magazine and back our Patreon, the more you get!
- If we release any anthologies or bundles, we’ll pay you commissions on these too.
- We do not accept republications of previously published work.
- We only want concrete feature ideas. Do not send generic freelance work requests.
- Include two writing samples and a link to your portfolio in the fields below. Writing need not have been professionally published. We don’t want your CV.
- We reply to everyone, but it takes time. Please don’t chase us with follow-up emails.
- We’re accepting submissions until we have enough. Pitch early to avoid disappointment.
- One email per pitch, please.
- Please read this guide, which explains how to write a great pitch.
- Watch this video for an insight into the ethos of the magazine.
- There’s no such thing as a stupid question – email us if you need clarification.
- Be bold.