Onyx Path is always on the lookout for new writers, editors, and game ideas!

All material sent to us must (MUST) also include a Disclosure Form. If there is not a Disclosure Form submitted with the work, it will be deleted immediately, unread. It can be digitally signed using Adobe ID.

You can download a Disclosure Form here.

  1. Digitally sign the Disclosure Form.
  2. Attach that with your submission (as a separate Word or PDF file — DO NOT put the text of your submission in the email) and send it to opp.submissions@gmail.com.
  3. In the email, tell us what game line the submission is for. Make sure you include your name, address, forum user name (if any), a quick CV with any other published work (especially for RPGs), and tell us what game line(s) you think you’d be best suited for.
  4. Wait feverishly. No need to follow up!

Writing Submissions

We’re looking for new submissions no longer than 1,000 words. Ideally, that’s 500 words of setting or fiction and 500 words of mechanics. If the proportions aren’t exactly even, don’t worry about it. What we’re really looking for are writers that can create compelling and evocative game material, and that know how the mechanics work.

Samples of your past work are okay, but that doesn’t tell us how you’ll write for our games. So send in a submission that’s custom-tailored to one of our products.

All writers are hired on a freelance, work-for-hire basis. This isn’t a permanent gig or a job for which you’d have to relocate. It’s one book at a time. We’ll hire you no matter where you live; it’s not just the USA. We have authors and developers all over the world.

If you are a previous Onyx Path freelancer, you only need to submit if you want to work on a game system you haven’t written for before for us.

Game systems we support include:

  • Scarred Lands and Legendlore (5e OGL)
  • Scion, Trinity Continuum, They Came from Beneath the Sea, and Dystopia Rising (Storypath)
  • World of Darkness 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Chronicles of Darkness 2nd Edition
  • Exalted 3rd Edition
  • Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau
  • Cavaliers of Mars

We’re not looking for mechanics for older editions.

Editing Submissions

We are not looking for any new editors at this time.

Pitches

We are not accepting pitches for World of Darkness, Chronicles of Darkness, Exalted, Dystopia Rising: Evolution, or Legendlore at this time.

If you’re sending a game pitch, attach it as a Word, Rich Text, or PDF document, and keep it to no more than three pages long. We don’t want the whole manuscript; we just need a taste of what you’re proposing. If you send us a manuscript, we’re not going to read it.

The same goes for inquiries to license the Storypath system, or to engage in a license arrangement using one of the Onyx Path-owned properties: send us a pitch, and we’ll look into it.

Tips

Some things to consider that are pretty much true across game lines:

  1. Different game lines shoot for different tones, but in general you want not quite as chatty as a forum post, not quite as formal as an essay. Don’t talk to the reader (this is OK is some circumstances, but generally don’t do it), and don’t begin sentences with “OK,” “See,” “Now,” “Look,” or “Hell.”
  2. Taking inspiration is OK, but if we can recognize that your submission is just a pop culture reference with the serial numbers filed down, that’s not good.
  3. We aren’t buying your submission. If you send in that hypothetical bloodline, we’re not going to take that and hire you to write that particular thing for a book, in all probability. What we will do is use your submission to gauge whether your writing is what we’re looking for. So, exactly what you send us is less important than how well it’s written.
  4. Don’t start out your email or submission with “I suck, but here we go.” Likewise, don’t start out with, “Your game has some serious problems, but luckily, I fixed them!” Be professional. “My submission is [for this game line] and is about [quick summary]” is groovy.

Sound good?

Get to Work!

There’s no time limit on this; we’re always looking for good people to work with. But the sooner you submit, the sooner we can read your submission. If you don’t hear back from us after a couple of months, you’re welcome to try again! Just ensure each submission is different rather than using the same one over and over again.

Good luck!

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