FREELANCE COLUMNISTS FOR EN WORLD NEWS - WRITER'S GUIDELINES
If you are interested in writing short 500-word articles for EN World, please contact Submissions Editor Christopher Helton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for showing an interest in community-generated content here
at EN World. The people who write about tabletop role-playing games
tend to come from within the community of people who play role-playing
games, which means that they are knowledgeable about and focused on the
topics about which they wish to write. We admire this passion and
knowledge at EN World, and look forward to giving you a venue with
which to explore it.
Our community-generated content will be short, focused pieces about
RPGs for the site. They are five hundred (500) word pieces that can be
*Industry coverage. We
would love to cover a wider cross section of the RPG industry than we
currently do. This requires columnists familiar with publishers and
games not normally covered in-depth here, or additional aspects of
games we do already cover.
* Short, focused reviews of games, new
and old. Reviews should discuss the good and the bad about games.
Readers do not like overly glowing reviews that fail to address any
negatives about a product, because they come off too much as marketing
text, while overly negative reviews can come off as hit pieces. It is
fine to dislike something, or to like it, but your review should be a
service to the reader and discuss the entire picture of the game.
* Gamer-Interest profiles. This can be on a number of topics, from a
news piece about a designer launching a new company, to talking about
your local gaming store or convention. These sorts of articles should
be pitched to the editor in charge of the community-generated content,
and the details and approach can be worked out in advance.
* News. This can cover a lot of ground as well, being anything from new
releases to new companies, to new stores and conventions in the local
area. Like with the profiles above, pitch your ideas to the editor and
we can work out the approach.
* Commentary on gaming and the gaming community. We have, in the past,
published articles talking about harassment and pay in tabletop RPGs,
and their communities, and we do not shy away from controversial topics
at the site. That said, any opinion pieces are decided on an individual
basis, after they are pitched to the editor. Sometimes approval of the
site owner may be asked for before the article is approved. If you have
an idea, please pitch it to the editor.
We pay $0.04c per word. We will not accept articles that are less than
400 words for the community-generated content, and we do not pay extra
for pieces that go over 500, so try to keep your word count as close as
possible to this limit. Payment is made by PayPal on the 15th of the
following month. We pay based on acceptance, not on publication, so you
won't have to wait.
Preference will be given to writers who are capable of ongoing work.
While that single article can help, we will give priority to those who
can write at least a couple of articles each month.
We do not publish hit or attack pieces at EN World. While some may
think that their piece is news, the editor in charge of the
community-generated content may turn down a pitch, or ask for a piece
to be rewritten at any time. These are some of the guidelines that we
use to determine whether we can publish a piece or not (although there
may be others as well):
* No anonymous sources. Using unnamed
sources is fine, because there are situations where naming an
information source could be problematic. However, we require that
writers have verifiable names and contact information on sources, and
if needed that it be shared with the editor and/or site owner so that
the veracity can be verified independently. Everything will be kept
confidential, but we cannot publish without being able to internally
confirm the sources.
* Independent sourcing. We may ask that some news
have at least two independent sources that confirm what is being said.
A direct, named source can be good enough, if they are primary to the
news, but having a second party confirm information is helpful. If you
don't have a second source for a story, the EN World staff has wide
contacts within the role-playing industry and we can usually help you
with getting verification.
* As much as possible, please try to use the
Associated Press guidelines outlined here
. The linked article covers a
number of the grammatical preferences to journalistic writing, and pay
particular attention to the guidelines for preferred spelling and
capitalization rules. We also use the GLAAD media reference guide
discussing the LGBTQ+ in gaming. Here are also some excerpts from major
media outlets' (like the Associated Press and Reuters) guidelines for
writing about the LGBTQ+. EN World does not condone hate speech towards
any group, and will not publish any articles that contain it. The
tabletop role-playing community around the world is diverse and
inclusive, and EN World seeks to reflect that in its writing about
gaming, and the people who make it up.
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