The Unwinnable Submission Guide

You have stories to tell. We want to hear them. We are always searching for new voices to add to the conversation at Unwinnable and we firmly believe that personal experience is the foundation of a great Unwinnable story. More and more, we are drawn to this intersection between the culture we love and the lives we live – and  how that intersection informs our actions and influences our decisions. That means everyone has a story. Even you.

General Pitch Guidelines
Send us a short paragraph that tells us concisely what you want to write about. That’s it! One hundred or so words ought to do it. In the subject line, make sure you include the words ‘Unwinnable Story Pitch’ followed by a title that reflects the story. Type your pitch in the email – no attachments, please – and send to

Don’t send us completed stories before we’ve approved them – we discard unsolicited material unread.

We respond to every pitch. Please do us the courtesy of not submitting pitches to other outlets simultaneously. If you haven’t heard from us, please be patient!

No multiple pitches – send us your best idea. If we reject you, feel free to retool or try something different.

Don’t let the name Unwinnable fool you into thinking we’re just a videogame site. We love to read stories about comics, movies, TV shows, tabletop games, music and just about anything, really.

We are a bit tired of stories about the various Dark Souls games, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Final Fantasy series, Zelda (particularly Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess) and BioShock. Not saying we won’t accept an amazing pitch about those stories, but know that the bar is extremely high with these titles. 

Please remember – we are a small and independent publisher staffed by one full time editor and four part-time volunteers, so we respond slower than larger, fully staffed organizations. Ignoring these guidelines makes us sad, and less inclined to accept your pitch.

Unwinnable Monthly
We pay $50, flat rate, for stories accepted to Unwinnable Monthly, plus a contributor copy.

Stories for the magazine should aim to be between 1,000 and 1,500 words. Novices and veterans alike are welcome, but our standard of quality is high, so please come to the editing process with an open mind. We’re eclectic, too, so the best way to get a feel for the sorts of stories we are looking for, both in content and tone, is to read the magazine.

Open calls for submissions to our Theme section are put out via Twitter.
We are not currently accepting pitches for the site.