Here at Chronically we write about anything and everything, so long as there’s something interesting to say about it. Games, movies, books, it doesn’t matter, we’ll write about it. If you do too, we want to hear from you.
To get an idea of what we’re looking for it’s best to read the existing content we have posted, but we do have some guidelines that we would like you to have a quick read of.
Part of our appeal is that we’re not particularly current. However, this does not mean we’re not interested in contemporary things, so long as there’s something interesting to say about them. There’s no harm in sending us something, even if you don’t think its quite suitable. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
In general, we like our pieces to be between 500 and 1500 words. However, we also understand that some things may come out longer, so don’t be afraid to submit just because you’ve gone over our preferred word count. If you are a long way over and editing won’t bring it down, there’s always the potential to split articles up into two-parters. If you think this might be the case for your piece, it’s always better if the author has an idea where to split things up and lets us know.
Please submit in a Word document with 12pt Times New Roman and double line spacing. If this is not possible, please paste the body of your article into the submission email. The important thing is that we can copy and paste it out without issue – so please no PDFs.
If you are submitting something that has previously been published elsewhere, please let us know the details of this publication – i.e. publication title, date of publication, issue, etc – so we can acknowledge this, and please make sure you have permission from that publication, as some publications ask for exclusive first publishing rights.
All submissions should be addressed to “Editor” and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, please put your name and the title of your article in the subject line.
We will try to get back to you about your piece within a week. If we haven’t got back to you in two weeks, feel free to email us to chase us about your piece. We don’t demand exclusive submissions, so if you submit elsewhere and get accepted, please let us know.
As it stands we have four features: In Favour, Reminiscence, Reputations, and Speculation.
In Favour focuses on the lessons that we can learn from games, films, and books. For instance, in the first article we posted, “Dark Souls: In Favour of the Harder Road”, we looked at the game in general but also focused on how it teaches us to consider something other than the easy way out. These are the backbone of Chronically, being our most interest and most popular pieces.
Reminiscence is just as it says: a reminiscence. Do you have a certain memory of something that could make an interesting or uplifting story? Maybe a book changed your life, maybe a game got you through a hard period of your life, maybe a film helped you fall in love. That’s what we’re interested in for Reminiscence pieces. Naturally, these are more personal pieces. We understand if you do not wish to have your name attached to these articles, and if this is the case feel free to let us know.
Reputations are profiles of key figures. For example, in gaming, one might write a piece about Shigeru Miyamoto, in film, perhaps Steven Spielberg. These are biographical pieces with an analysis of work. So you might look at Miyamoto’s influence on gaming by looking at his early work, or examine how Hans Zimmer’s music has improved film. In these pieces, we will be especially finicky about research so please make sure you have all the information correct – make it a little easier for our fact checkers.
Speculation features revolve around theories we can form from our research. This can be anything, so long as it’s new or unexplored, i.e. don’t go over to Game Theory and write out one of their videos.
A note on reviews: we do not write reviews at Chronically. This is because reviews are pretty current things. Naturally, we still critique things, that’s part of the process of writing about them – but straight-up reviews tend to fall outside our remit. However, that does not mean that you should not submit a review if you have one. It’s more likely to be sent back, sure, but if it says something interesting we may still publish it, or if we think it can be turned into something else – i.e. made suitable for one of our feature slots – we’ll work with you to get it right for us. The point being, yes we have our parameters, but we’re also here for good writing.
Pieces do not need to fit into any of these features. Not everything we post is a feature, we also post non-features and random stories.
Lastly, we always welcome suggestions for new features. If you have an idea of a regular piece, let us know. Similarly, if you want to get involved with Chronically and write for us regularly, let us know that too, we always welcome new writers and could use more author tabs in our About page.
We would appreciate it if you send us finished work. We don’t mind hearing about proposals and we’ll try and help you get your proposal on the page, but when you actually send us your work please have it as finished as can be. So make sure you’ve proofread and edited your piece. We are happy to offer help with this, and you can rest assured that if we like a piece but thinks it needs more work we’ll help you get your piece to its potential rather than reject it. But the closer it is to the end of the road, the quicker we can get it published.
We try to give notes on every piece we reject. We do this because we know how hard it can be to receive a form response to something you’ve worked hard on. In return, we ask that you accept criticism gracefully. We will never be unkind and we will only try and offer constructive criticism and suggestions. We understand that this can be hard or dejecting, but criticism is a very important part of writing. We just beg that you don’t give up on account of a rejection. Just because your piece doesn’t suit us doesn’t mean it won’t fit elsewhere, and just because we reject one piece doesn’t mean you shouldn’t submit something else later.
We also welcome re-submissions. We love nothing more than seeing a piece we’ve had to turn away come back as a better piece of writing. So don’t be afraid to send something back to us once you’ve had another look at it.