Pitch Us

Because we are volunteer-run and have no money to compensate staff or contributors, we have created a unique corner of the internet to house the gaming pieces you want to write, and readers want to read, but paying publications don’t seem to want to publish. We want your weirdest and most earnest gaming thoughts and feelings.

We want to be a site that fosters discussion that isn’t happening elsewhere. We like looking at games sideways, and we want to encourage our contributors to do the same. Get weird, get wild.

It’s easy to pitch us! Send one or more of our editors an email with a short description of your idea. What do you want to write about? Why do you want to write it? How long do you think it’ll be? Feel free to send links to your other work, but it’s not a requirement—we welcome beginning writers as well as well-established ones.

What We’re Not Looking For

  • Straightforward reviews of AAA games. They’re not likely to find much traction here, so we encourage you to take a different approach—hone in on one aspect, play the game wrong and see what happens, or immerse yourself deep into the lore. Don’t be afraid to play with your coverage as much as you do the game!
  • Well-trod ground. We all want to weigh in on the ‘are games art’ debate, but we’re looking for contributors who can approach it in a different way. Pitch us a piece on analyzing screenshots as artistic pieces, or something on the connection between video game preservation and art restoration. There’s always a new way to look at an old conversation, and that’s what we want to see!

What We’re Looking For

  • Everything else. Seriously, try us.

Want to pitch us? Excellent! Check out our editorial staff and send one or more of us a brief synopsis of your piece, an estimated wordcount, and any relevant samples you’d like to us to check out. Please note: we welcome writers even if they haven’t been published elsewhere, so feel free to include Tumblr posts, blogs, school essays, or nothing at all.

Want us to cover your game? Great! Hit us up at sidequest.editors@gmail.com with information and we’ll see about assigning your game to a writer. Because we’re volunteer-run, our coverage of new games tends toward features and essays rather than day-of reviews, but we’re always looking to cover new, exciting games as they release.