What do we want?

Video game lit. Obviously. Check out any lyric essays by Brian Oliu or this story by Sam Martone or these prose poems by Emma Sovich for ideas of what we are looking to read and publish. Yes, stories about people playing video games. But more than that, stories that live within virtual worlds. What non-player characters dream of when the heroes aren’t around. What happens after the world is saved. Invent your own games and inhabit them with villains.

Any questions? Email us at CartridgeLit [AT] gmail [DOT] com without additional queries.

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We like it short—2,000 words or less—but if you’re writing short fiction, say 500 words or less, feel free to send up to three.
We like it short—2,000 words or less—but if you’re writing short essays, say 500 words or less, feel free to send up to three.
Send as many as five pieces of poetry [traditional or prose].
Want to write some more informal pieces for our blog, The Airship? We're actively looking for contributors to write regular columns or one-off pieces or whatever else you might have in mind. Want to write a series based on a game you're playing through right now? Want to write a column about the latest literary-minded indie games? Want to interview writers who also love video games? We want all of that. Pitch us your ideas here.

Feel free to either submit a completed essay or a pitch in the form of an attached document, or pitch us via the "cover letter" text box.