The Retrogaming Times
- The Bimonthly Retrogaming Hobbyist
- Article Submission Guidelines -
Jr. (Retrogaming Times Monthly,
Contributing Writer, 2004 - 2013) is serving as Chief Editor for this
of the newsletter but it can only exist with your help. The
Times is 100% free and 100% driven by retrogaming hobbyists such as
who submit articles as contributing writers. Other hobbyists want
to read what you have to write and we are always accepting submissions
for future issues of The Retrogaming Times. Submit an article
and join a great retrogaming tradition!
If you would like to contribute to The
Retrogaming Times, please submit your articles to our official
and contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information below is a detailed
outline of newsletter submission information and answers to common
However what it all boils down to is that submissions are open to
and all anyone needs to do is e-mail their writings to The Retrogaming
and then they will be published in the next issue. It really is
Simplified Article Submission
Submit your article as e-mail text, plain
text, or a .RTF (Rich Text Format) file to email@example.com.
Please ensure this address is white listed by your spam filter as it is
used as our only direct method of communication.
Please include any images along with your
submission e-mail, preferably separate from your document.
If you are including images, please make a
note in your document body for image locations or provide instructions
in your e-mail if you have specific image placement in mind.
usage and placement ultimately falls upon the discretion of the editor,
but every effort will be made to represent your article as intended by
Please do not include video clips or require
external video links as a large part of your submissions as this is a
Everyone who submits at least one article
over the lifetime of the newsletter will have a permanent "Contributing
Writer" credit on the main index of The Retrogaming Times. This
a genuine credit that senior staff will vouch for.
Everyone who submits an article for at least
three issues over the lifetime of the newsletter will have a permanent
"Contributing Columnist" credit (promoted from their earlier
Writer" credit) on the main index of The Retrogaming Times, even if
three articles are unrelated individual one-shots. This is a
credit that senior staff will vouch for.
You retain all rights to your original
articles, however The Retrogaming Times asks as a courtesy that you do
not republish your work in the form as it published in the newsletter
Retrogaming Times," as all articles will receive some form of editing
to being published. Articles published at "The Retrogaming Times"
with those edits and normalizations in place are effectively part of
newsletter and are not to be republished separate from the rest of
respective issue's contents.
- To quote the newsletter's founder: Keep it short.
Keep it clean. Keep it relevant.
Detailed Article Submission
The Retrogaming Times - Submission
Guidelines From The Editor, David Lundin, Jr.:
Anyone is welcome to submit an article.
No one is obligated to write bimonthly for
every issue. Reoccurring regular columns are spectacular but
do not feel obligated to do so - one shot articles are excellent as
There is no requirement that you "check in."
If you want to write something, just submit it. As Scott Jacobi,
former Retrogaming Times Monthly Chief Editor, used to say years ago,
there is something you want to write about, send it in."
Credit is given however you wish it to be
(real name, alias, handle, etc.) but I would like to keep the old style
of having a contact e-mail link, which can be declined upon request of
course. If your desired "contact" e-mail differs from the e-mail
you use to submit an article, please let me know.
Everyone who submits at least one article
will be given a staff credit on the main page. That's correct,
one article and you are a Contributing Writer and part of The
Times staff. This is a genuine credit that senior staff will
for and never diminishes.
Please do not feel obligated to only submit
reviews. While reviews have traditionally been a large part of
newsletter and are always welcomed, The Retrogaming Times is more of an
open newsletter for retrogaming hobbyists to write down what's on their
minds. Interviews, personal stories, experiences, memories,
ideas, musings, recollections, collecting advice, knowledge to share,
guides, whatever - as long as the common thread is retrogaming then it
will be welcomed and published.
The Retrogaming Times considers the era of
"retrogaming" to be an extremely broad spectrum, stretching from the
embryonic era of electronic games to three or so generations behind
video games. In simplified terms, from "Tennis For Two" (1958) to
PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance. Of course
modern releases of old games, such as compilations, are fair
Additionally current arcade and pinball coverage is welcomed as those
generally considered to be industries rooted in retrogaming. Yes,
pinball is retrogaming and it would be great to see more of it
Cover what you enjoy, that's what is most important.
Images are encouraged to complement submitted
articles but are never required. Simply include them along with
article in your submissions e-mail. Please no video at this time,
this is a text publication. Please do not submit articles that
composed primarily of images with very little text, your writing
should drive your article while your images complement the text.
Submissions are to be handled via e-mail,
including the article itself as well as any images you would like
and/or any special instructions concerning their placement. I
make every concession to see that your article is presented how it was
written. Either cut and paste into your e-mail client or attach a
.RTF (Rich Text Format) file along with any images.
It is my promise that, in terms of your submissions,
there will be minimal input from your editor (me) outside of reading
everything and placing it into the newsletter. My role is to
those who take the time to write and submit articles, not the other way
around. If anyone requests assistance I will be happy to help
but my voice shouldn't echo in others work.
There is no limit to how many articles / columns
you can have per issue. If you want to have three articles and
reoccurring columns running next month - go for it! Many long
staff members have done this in the past.
I will contact everyone via e-mail three times
before a publication month deadline: Once at the end of the
month (even), then two weeks before the publication month (odd)
and then again one week before the publication month (odd)
These announcements are also publicly made on The Retrogaming Times
on Facebook and via The Retrogaming Times Info Club on Twitter.
Target deadline for all
submissions will be
the 20th of the month before a publication month.
means there will be two full months between each issue's
If you are working ahead of the deadline, please submit your articles
they are completed rather than wait for the deadline to approach.
All submitted articles will be published on the next publication date.
Please only submit completed articles.
If you have a revision or correction, send it in as soon as possible
please try to only send in articles that are finished. If you
an idea about an article or column and would like to discuss it,
me any time but please do not submit "draft" versions of your
These are not necessary and slow down the publication process.
The Retrogaming Times is hosted by David Lundin,
Jr. at classicplastic.net. All previous Retrogaming Times /
Times Monthly sites, groups, forums and social media are archives of
respective newsletters and are separate entities from The Retrogaming
although they may continue to exist as earlier archives or separate
Much thanks to those true giants of independent retrogaming journalism
that I am able to stand upon the shoulders of. It is only due to
them that I have the privilege of continuing the spirit of this
While there is no need to "call" an article
or topic in advance, if you plan on writing a reoccurring column, a
e-mail in advance to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
would be greatly appreciated. This will ensure that we do not
two columns covering the same thing, running at the same time. In
the rare event two articles are submitted that cover the same topic, a
hardware review for example, both articles will be published as they
provide different perspectives. In this extremely rare case I
contact both writers to let them know of the situation.
The Retrogaming Times - Article
Write your article using the word processing
or text entry software of your choice. Additionally you may write
your entire article in an e-mail client.
If you are using word processing software
it is extremely important that you save your document as a .RTF
Text Format) file before submitting it. This allows
integration into the newsletter as .RTF is a standardized format that
be opened and manipulated universally. While .DOCX is okay, there
is generally a ton of hidden formatting that has to be stripped out in
editing. Always assume your article will be published as plain
Send your article via e-mail to email@example.com,
the official submissions and contact address. Either cut and
your article into your e-mail client or attach it as a .RTF (Rich Text
If you have images to complement your article,
please attach them to the same e-mail as your article text. If
are special instructions concerning image placement, please include
in your e-mail. Every concession will be made to ensure your
is presented how it was written. Please do understand, however,
normalization edits will generally be made to allow images to fit
within the body of the newsletter for presentation uniformity.
Please include any special instructions regarding
how you would like to be credited (real name, alias, handle, etc.) both
on your article byline as well as the staff index on the home
A contact e-mail link, which can be declined upon request, is
and will be included on each of your article bylines as well as the
index on the home page unless other arrangements are made. Your
name and staff index name do not have to be the same, for instance, if
you would feel more comfortable using a handle in-issue and your real
on the staff index. If your desired "contact" e-mail differs from
the e-mail you use to submit an article, please let me know. If
special instructions are given, your name and submission e-mail will be
used to credit you on both your articles as well as the staff index.
If you have any questions, problems, or require
information concerning anything about the newsletter whatsoever - feel
free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
with your concerns. I will generally respond within 48 hours.
You may "bank" both standalone articles or
those that are part of a reoccurring column by submitting them well in
advance of their publication date. Simply include which issue
you would like each article published in. This is a great way to
get ahead of the game when the writing bug hits!
Submit articles as early as possible!
Although there are two months between issues and the deadline doesn't
until the 20th of each "even" month of the year, please submit your
as you complete them. This makes it easier to gauge issue size
plan out how the issue will flow. Your editor really appreciates
- Beginning in 2021 we will move to a form letter style rejection
response. This allows us to maintain consistency in rejection
reasoning, encourage resubmission, and to save time in responding to
submissions that have been declined for publication. While I am
very appreciative of every article that is submitted, unfortunately
everything sent in cannot always be approved for publication for
varying reasons. If you receive a rejection response, please read
the details as to why and either resubmit with changes or consider a
different retrogaming subject.
Once an issue is published, you have five
days after the publication date (generally the 1st of the month) to
contact David at email@example.com
if there are any problems with how your article is presented.
days after publication an issue is considered set in stone and any
will be published in the next issue.
The Retrogaming Times - Limited
Please do not submit advertising copy or articles
that read like advertising copy for a product, site or service.
covering products, sites and services is fine and a large part of the
they should always be written about from a personal and reasonably
perspective. The only exception to this is the "Upcoming Events"
column, which only features official information directly from event
and official event websites.
Articles revolving around attacking online
communities, gaming groups or personalities will not be
This stuff is supposed to be about having fun. Cover your
cover the games, and have a good time.
Put your personal integrity before all else.
Remember that The Retrogaming Times traces its lineage back more than
years (Tom Zjaba published Retrogaming Times, Issue 1 in September
and the spirit of this newsletter has outlasted many of the topics it
covered. Make sure your opinions are your opinions.
Exclusivity of your articles published here
is a courtesy of your choosing but is always greatly appreciated.
An article edited and published by The Retrogaming Times should not be
republished anywhere outside of its publication issue without properly
citing The Retrogaming Times as its source.
- Do not submit articles pertaining specifically to high scores /
world records, as in the past some groups that maintain world record
databases have been very protective of their data, which is completely
understandable. Additionally high scoreboards often feature full
names of people who achieved said scores, which is a third-party
personal privacy issue that I don't want to have to reconcile years
down the line. Now if it's a local competition at an arcade or
bar or something, or an event at a show - that's fine, it's a one-off,
and it should be your observations on such.
See You Next
Chief Editor /
The Retrogaming Times
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