Call for Writers


by G. Christopher Williams

9 October 2016

PopMatters seeks erudite writers for its robust Games section.

For the culturally engaged gamer who enjoys thinking about games as much as playing them, PopMatters is your platform for reaching an equally engaged and informed readership.

Games Reviews

We encourage articles that focus on interesting ideas evoked by the games that we play, in addition to evaluating their quality. Product reviews are not the thrust of our interest—PopMatters is a magazine of cultural criticism, not product promotion, and this is what differentiates this magazine from the usual Internet blather. Critics are expected to have a broad knowledge of video games as a culture, with their tie-ins to other forms of pop culture and the impact that they have on society as a whole.
Games Features

Discussions of storytelling, analysis of gameplay systems and their implications, and examinations of video game aesthetics are all topics worthy of consideration. Explorations of video game storytelling, the implications of gameplay systems and the development of game worlds, along with the aesthetics of this medium are very much encouraged. We are not interested in hyping a product or talking about why a game or game developer is great or sucks. Instead, we are looking for smart essays that consider the cultural impact of games that are written for a mature, college educated reader and gamer that wants to think about the games that they play from a variety of angles.

Like reviews, we encourage essays that focus on interesting ideas evoked by the games that we play. Features might focus on an analysis or reading of a single game or might be more topically focused.

We are looking for writers who can commit to a regular schedule.

To get a sense of the kinds of articles that interest us, please familiarize yourself with the kinds of articles we publish. A few examples:

“Forgive Me, Father, For I Have Simmed”

Inside the Lie of Ambiguity”

“Both Flesh and Not”

“Measuring Success: The Unsatisfying Notion of ‘Good’ Endings and ‘Bad Endings’”

For Consideration

Please send an e-mail to editor (at), briefly describing your background, along with two recent gaming-related writing samples or two recent game reviews as samples that could serve as your first published PopMatters pieces, if you are accepted. The email subject line should read: PopMatters Games Writer Application

Note: PopMatters is a wholly independent magazine of cultural criticism, est. 1999. Our mission is to educate readers and document our period on the cultural timeline. We publish for posterity. PopMatters is a highly respected magazine because of its ideals and its fine writers and editorial staff. However, such high ideals are not monetarily rewarded in today’s publishing climate. For this reason, we can offer you an excellent publishing platform for your quality work, but we cannot pay you for your articles.

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