Do you want to send us your pitch? Great! These guidelines will outline the steps you need to follow to submit an idea to us.
Before you submit your completed material use the submission process described below to send us a pitch. We’ll look over your pitch, and if we’re interested in your pitch, we’ll let you know within 45-60 days. We are not able to send you a personal response for every submission. If you do not receive a response (other than a reply confirming receipt of the submission) within 60 days, your submission was rejected.
Essentially, the submission process boils down to the following:
* Using the templates and format described below, create a proposal for an article or adventure.
* E-mail your proposal to email@example.com.
* You will receive an reply within a week letting you know that your submission was received.
* Wait patiently.
* If we like your idea, we’ll contact you via email within 7-14 days and inform you of our intentions to purchase your submitted material.
* Send in your article or adventure to submissionsfor AT fantasymakersindustries DOT com.
* Wait patiently one more time.
* We’ll contact you within 60 days regarding the status of your submission (i.e., whether we opt to buy it or reject it).
By submitting any material to us, you acknowledge and agree to adhere to these Submission Guidelines, including the Terms and Conditions at the end of this document. Please read them carefully!
We do not accept any submissions previously published by or simultaneously submitted to another magazine, website, or publishers. Likewise, we don’t accept plagiarized materials.
If we ask for your completed article or adventure, it should be sent in a Word document or .rtf file. Any relevant attachments (maps, player handouts, and so on) should also be included. Image files should be low resolution.
In the event we buy your material, you must assign your rights to us. Once your contract is signed, we’ll own first North American Rights and foreign serial rights. The assignment contract, (as well as applicable tax forms) will be sent out shortly after an article has been accepted. You’ll receive the contract by email, and you’ll be asked to sign a hard copy and return it to us, along with an invoice form. If you’re under 18, a parent or guardian must sign or co-sign your contracts. Once we have purchased an article, it might not appear in an issue for several months, so be patient.
Once we have received your signed contract and invoice, you should see a check within 45 days or so. We pay on receipt of an invoice, not on publication, but there’s still a certain amount of delay between us receiving your contract and invoice and you receiving your check. Our starting rate for articles and adventures is $.05 per word. Our starting payment for art is: $10-15 (US) per quarter page or less, $20-30 (US) per half page, $40-60 (US) per full page. We do not except submissions for Cover Art.
We are interested only in articles that enhance the current version of the rule set, which includes new abilities, spells, powers, races, and monsters. We are also looking for ecology articles as well as articles that enhance current campaign worlds. Be clear and concise in your proposal, and follow the template below so we can get a good, accurate picture of your idea.
Type of Article
In two to three paragraphs, describe the type of material you’re interested in writing. If your material is intended for publication under one of our existing columns or feature concepts, this is the place to mention it. If you’re interested in writing a feature that doesn’t fall into these categories, describe the overall goals of your material, and the game elements you want to include. If you’re writing an article with several different rules elements, be sure to describe briefly the thematic link that connects them all.
Example: I’d like to describe the ecology of the Earth Dragon. In my article, I’ll describe the ecology in general terms, including details on how Earth Dragons relate to other Dragons. I will also describe the Great Earth Dragon Kumonithoryuxil including statistics. I would also like to include five new Dragon racial feats and up to five new Dragonic Magik Spells.
Estimated Word Count
Articles longer than 5,000 words will likely be ineligible for publication. Give us an overall estimated length of the article you’d like to write.
The process for adventures is similar to that for articles. When you want to submit an idea for an adventure, complete the following and include them in the body of your email submission.
Describe your villain in few sentences.
Describe your villain’s goals and motivations in a couple of sentences.
Describe your villain’s lair in a paragraph or two.
Describe a sample encounter in this adventure.
Provide a plot synopsis of your adventure in one paragraph.
Estimated Word Count
Most adventures run around 10,000 to 15,000 words. Side Treks, which are essentially single-encounter adventures that run around 5,000 words, are in especially wanted by us and a great way to cut your teeth on adventure design.
Submission Terms and Conditions
In submitting any materials to Fantasy Makers Industries, Inc. (“FMI”) by sending them to FMI through its submissions e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org, the submitter (hereinafter “Author”) agrees to the following terms and conditions. For the avoidance of doubt, submission of any and all materials (“Work”) is considered acknowledgment of this agreement.
1. Author Warranties
Author warrants that he has clear title to the Work. Author also warrants that the Work has not been published previously and that the Work is not being considered for publication by any other publisher. Author warrants further that the Work is original and does not infringe upon any copyrighted material other than that published by FMI.
2. No Obligation
Author acknowledges that FMI is under no obligation to acquire the Work.
3. Risk of Loss or Damage
Author agrees to retain a complete copy of all Works. FMI will not return any Work to Author, and FMI is not responsible for the loss of or damage to original manuscripts or revisions of it supplied by Author.
4. Independent Development
Author acknowledges that the Work may be similar to the theme, plot, idea, format, or other element of material that FMI has independently developed or that has or may come to FMI from other sources. Author shall not be entitled to any compensation by reason of the use by FMI of such similar material, whether developed or acquired by FMI before or after Author’s submission of the Work.
This Agreement shall be deemed to be entered into and governed by the laws of the State of Arizona applicable to contract made and performed entirely therein and constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties regarding the Work. This Agreement shall take effect upon the date of submission. No waiver by one party to this Agreement of any breach by the other party of any term or condition of this Agreement shall be deemed to be a waiver of any other breach of the same or any other term or condition of this or any other agreement. If any term or condition of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or void, that term or condition shall be deemed to be stricken without affecting the validity or enforceability of the remainder of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Except as otherwise provided in the Agreement, any subsequent modification or termination of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the successors and assigns of the respective parties.