Mental Health Month: Call for Articles


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 editor@ontologicalgeek.com, 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.