Thanks to everyone who has sent in submissions so far.
Due to the number of longer pieces we have received, the payment cap on word count has been reduced to 2000 words. Pieces submitted before 05.04.19 will be considered under the previous rates.
All may have seemed quiet here at Manaleak HQ, but much has been bubbling beneath the surface and we have some exciting new projects coming up in 2019!
The first is the re-launch of our much loved MtGUK blog, which means we’re looking for articles.
What are we looking for?
Focusing primarily on Magic: The Gathering, we want up to date commentaries on shifts and changes on the myriad formats within our Magic community, primarily set releases, deck trends and general tips and tricks. As a British company, we’re also interested in how Brexit, austerity and international currency shifts have impacted on the UK market and consequently scene. We’d like to run a series of posts from players with relevant economic or market experience. We’re looking for unbiased, intelligent, well-written articles and are open to anything that our readers might be interested in. This list is certainly not exhaustive – if you have a good idea, send it in!
We are also open to a small number of articles on the broader side of gaming culture – including table top games, miniatures gaming, cosplay and general geekery. Priority will be given to topics we already have readership for and products we stock (check out www.manaleak.com and www.manaleak.com/mtguk for ideas).
What’s in it for me?
Aside from exposure, prestige and development through editorial feedback for each accepted piece, we appreciate writers need to eat, sleep and game! Our rates are currently 2p per word up to 1000 words, and 1p per word over, or 2.5p/1.5p store credit, up to 2000 words. A 500 word article will earn £10 cash or £15 store credit. A 2000 word article will earn £30 or £40 store credit. Rates are post-editorial and subject to acceptance of the final piece.
By making a submission to us the person doing so implies they have the legal right to do so and that the work is legitimately the creation of the given author. In doing so, the submitting party indemnifies MtGUK and all associated parties including Manaleak.com and Howl Games Ltd. All submissions are considered to offer first publication rights unless explicitly stated in the submission email.
Please send all queries, articles and pitches to Leila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before submitting, please read through the following FAQs:
Q. I’m already an established writer – can I just pitch some ideas?
A. Yes! Pitches and proposals are welcome – please direct us to some of your previously published work so we can see your style.
Q. I’m a new writer and don’t have an article written yet – can I send you a pitch.
A. Yes – but please remember you still have to write the article! We’re happy to indicate if we are interested, but won’t be able to give you a definite yes or no until we have something concrete to read. Be aware that if a topic is hot we may receive an article covering it before yours is written, or by a more experienced writer, which may be accepted instead. If you have examples of unpublished copy-writing, or a personal blog, then please attach or link those to give us an idea of your style, skill and ability to complete a project.
Q. Can I send more than one article?
A. Yes, multiple submissions are welcome. Please send up to three new articles at a time.
Q. I’ve already submitted my article to another site – can I send it to you as well?
A. Yes, simultaneous submissions are fine. Please let us know within your submission email, and tell us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere, as this can affect publication rights.
Q. I’ve already had my piece published/ posted my piece on my blog, but I think it’s awesome – can I send it to you?
A. Yes – although we prefer new and original work we are open to reprints (and yes, posting on a personal blog counts as publication). Please let us know where your work has been published and ensure all publication rights belong to you before submitting.
Q. Why do you tier your pay by wordcount? I’ve written a 5000 word article, isn’t that worth more than someone dashing out a 500 word one?
A. Usually, no. Short, well-crafted pieces grab readers’ attention and are more accessible on phones and tablets. Often overly-long pieces read better for some ruthless cutting (even established writers like Brandon Sanderson swear by the 10% rule). There’s a lot of advice out there – this article from the Write Life is a good starting point. Some topics do warrant a more in-depth analysis of a topic, although even some of MtGUK’s most thorough and comprehensive guides come in comfortably under 2,500 words (such as Sam Martin’s guide to spotting fakes) or even 1600 (Theo Southgate’s advice from a judge on protecting and playing foils). If you simply can’t condense your piece, it may be that your concept is more suited to a series of posts. If in doubt please get in touch.