The following weeks at The Ontological Geek until the end of September are dedicated to the topic of mental health and games. Apart from our regular staff, this themed month is co-edited by Kaitlin Tremblay, Amsel Von Spreckelsen, and Rowan Noel Stokvis.
Like in all of our themed months, we welcome guest articles! We’re taking a broad view of the topic; that means we’re looking for articles that examine the representation of issues surrounding mental health in games (from personal experiences to structural critiques, from asylums to sanity mechanics), but we’re also interested in the interplay of the practice of gaming itself and mental health (therapeutic aspects of games, addiction, and the like), as well as articles that look at the intersections of various identities, neurodiversity, and mental health in games and gaming culture.
When in doubt about whether your idea would be suitable, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
As always, we welcome articles from writers of all backgrounds and perspectives, and we encourage everyone who might be interested to write to us. We’ll be accepting pitches throughout August, but the sooner we get yours, the better! Please submit a pitch (ca. 250 words) or a draft to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re aiming for articles roughly between 1,000 and 2,000 words, and if you have a references section, please be as complete and consistent as possible in listing those sources.
Please send us your pitches by August 31st at the latest.
All pitches will be reviewed anonymously by our editing team for this month.
Please note that we will pay for feature articles, starting this month, so that includes anything that will be published under the header of the mental health themed month. For this, we are dependent upon the financial support of our readers. The more you pledge, the more articles we will be able to publish. For more information, please visit our Patreon page, and subscribe if you want to support our writing.