Writers who are just getting started often ask us where they should go to pitch or publish their first piece. Below is a list of games-focused and games-inclusive publications which welcome unsolicited pitches.
Please note: some of these publications are paid; some are not. You should always check the original site and email its submission editor (or other relevant point of contact) regarding payment prior to submitting.
Publications in and adjacent to academic writing on games are a good place to find a wider audience for research and essays.
Press Start: Peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to game studies. Welcomes essays, research papers, and other work from current/recent academics of all levels and multiple disciplines. Contact: Matthew Barr.
These are some outlets that have done a good job of nurturing people new to games writing.
If you want your writing to reach developers, or you are a developer yourself, these are good places to try.
This is a small selection of the feminist or queer-oriented websites on gaming that accept pitches.
E-zines capture the design and sense of wholeness of a magazine, in digital form.
Society for the Promotion of Adventure Games (SPAG): Quarterly e-zine with an emphasis on Interactive Fiction (IF). Welcomes articles, interviews, reviews. Contact: editors.
Many general-interest outlets have thriving games subsections.
You may also want to consider opportunities to give public talks.
This is an open list sourced from the community. If you are an editor and would like to see your site added to this list, or would like to make corrections to an existing listing, please drop us a line!