Submissions

There are a number of ways you can contribute to Bluword and help enrich the growing community of play and interactivity criticism. 

Let us know about great examples of games criticism you have recently read, and the preferred way to do that by sending links to the Bluword twitter account in an @reply, mentioning the feature you are submitting for. You can also email us at the address below.

If you have a video game criticism blog, feel free to let us know about it. You can email us, or alternatively, if you tweet a link to your RSS feed with the hashtag #blurss we’ll be sure to follow your work.

If you have written a post that you feel is an excellent piece of games criticism, please send a link. We only ask, however, that you don’t send a link to every single post you write, as we can only select the most remarkable from each week to highlight.

Bluword is a public trust. We are provide public, open resources for everyone who might benefit from us. This goes both ways: our current and upcoming features are all open for your use, but their quality is directly determined by your contributions. If you have a link to an article you wish to share, send it in! At Bluword we believe that community is something that we build, all of us, together — so we hope you’ll get involved!

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If You’d Like Us to Consider Your Story as an Editor’s Pick.

To submit an already published story for Editor’s Picks consideration, share a story link with @Bluword on Twitter, or share the story using the #bluword tag. If you don’t use Twitter, you can send story links to [email protected].

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If You’d Like to Pitch Us an Original Story for Publication.

Bluword is currently accepting pitches for original stories (1,500 words or more) and blog posts (500 to 1,000 words). We pay competitive rates.

Ideas for feature-length stories take a considerable amount of time and research to develop. An easier way to start writing for us is to pitch us an idea for a blog post. We’re looking for anything that relates to our mission—to highlight the best storytelling around the world, whether it’s articles or books, nonfiction or fiction.

Send your pitches to [email protected]. If you are submitting a draft, email the full text in the body of the email (no PDFs or attachments, please).

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Some Tips

We are a small team, and it can take us a considerable amount of time to review pitches. For this reason, we think it’s a great idea for you to pitch your stories to other publications in addition to Bluword—but please include a note to us if you are doing so.

If you do decide to pitch something exclusively to Bluword, give us a deadline to consider your idea before taking your pitch to other outlets.

If we don’t accept your initial pitch, pitch us again! We reject stories for a variety of reasons—the story isn’t quite right for us; our editorial calendar is full; we’ve maxed out our story budget for the month—and sometimes it’s all about timing.