PEGASUS WRITERS GUIDELINES
Pegasus Writers' Guidelines
Format

All submissions should be typed, double-spaced, in black on plain white paper. The first page should be a cover sheet with the article title, your name, snail address, phone number(s), email address, and any other contact information we might need to reach you. Each page of the actual article should have the author's name and the title in the upper right corner, and the page number at the bottom center or bottom right. Do not justify the text. Do not use fancy paper. Do not use weird fonts. If it gives the editor eyestrain, it's going right back to you unread.

Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope sufficient for whatever you want to have returned. If you do not want the entire manuscript back, please say so in your cover letter; in that case, a standard business envelope and appropriate postage is sufficient. If you want your manuscript returned, be sure you have enough postage and a large enough envelope. Pleae do not send your only copy of the manuscript. Bad things can happen to it, and we are not responsible for what the Post Office does.

Immediately after the cover letter, you should always include a signed copy of our Submission Release Form. (available on the Judges Guild website, or via snail mail) This will protect both your rights and ours. We can not legally read or review the manuscript for publication without a signed copy of the form.

Rights & Payment

We buy all worldwide rights, both print and electronic, unless otherwise negotiated. In the case of any article which involves Judges Guild's own campaign world or other proprietary material, we must buy all rights. Payment is per article, not per word.

Content

Pegasus Magazine is about, and a playing aids, roleplaying games. On occasion, some miniatures and wargames submissions are also considered. All articles in Pegasus must be written with the Judge or player in mind. With very few exceptions, such as game reviews, a Judge should be able to use at least some aspect of the article immediately.

Articles should be succinct. We do not pay by the word anyway, so take out every unnecessary word. We want to get the most material into each issue for the best possible price, so brevity is a virtue. However, in the quest for conciseness, do not leave out anything important. You can assume that your reader knows the basics of roleplaying games, but any specific background information essential to your article should be included.

It is not good business for us to offend our customers. Offended customers cease giving us their money. Therefore, we will reject out of hand any submissions which seem likely to offend, annoy, irritate, or otherwise tick off the people whose money we want. The Seven Dirty Words are right out, as are the usual collection of offensive terms for various groups. So is explicit sex (trust me, we all have perfectly good imaginations), gratuitous gore, etc. Anything which would cause a movie to be rated R or a video game to be rated Mature is not acceptable. Likewise, keep your politics, religion, and social diatribes to yourself, unless it is the politics and religion of the game world. Pegasus is about gaming. Period. Save the politics for your blog.

Do not infringe on other people's trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property. Use your own imagination, not someone else's. Unless you can provide written permission from the copyright holder, do not submit things like AD&D stats for Star Wars movie creatures, anything related to games from Palladium (Rifts, etc.) or anything else that involves someone else's rights. This is not open to discussion. The question is not whether you are right or wrong, or whether copyright and trademark laws are right or wrong, but whether certain highly litigious companies can sue us into the ground. Likewise, do not submit material cribbed from net.books, websites, MUDS, or any other sources, unless you own the rights to it. You're just as creative as the people who wrote those, right? So show us!

Get your facts right. If you make a statement of fact, be certain that it really is a fact. Something that "everybody knows" is not good enough. Check your facts. If your article involves a significant amount of factual material -- for example, describing the typical shops that might be found in a medieval European town, or legendary monsters of Africa -- it should include a bibliography.

Use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We do not expect Oxford scholarship, but we do expect fundamental competence with basic language skills. This is not rocket science! Proofread your work, then have someone else proofread it. It is almost impossible to catch your own typos because you always see what you meant to write, not what you actually wrote. Don't trust your computer's spelling checker, witch tells yew that awl ewe rite is grate weather ore knot their is allot yew halve dun that ewe knead two fix.

Why do spelling, grammar, and punctuation matter? Not only are they critical to your meaning, but they are also important to your credibility as a writer. Your words are all you have -- your only image in print. Submitting a proposed article with bad spelling, tortured usage, and fractured syntax is the equivalent of scribbling it in red crayon. Perhaps worse -- we would rather retype a manuscript written in crayon than try to decode a semi-literate mess.

Also be sure to read and follow the Pegasus Style Guide.