Submission Guidelines

OneShot invites proposals for games that critically engage with a topic. While OneShot has grown out of the field of rhetoric and composition studies, we welcome proposals from academia and industry, from across disciplines, and for a wide variety of purposes and audiences. We accept work by undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, and industry professionals, and proposals can be collaborative or solo endeavors.

Proposed projects may take the form of: 

  • Text-based games
  • Mobile games
  • 2D or 3D games
  • Role-playing games
  • Social media-based games
  • Tabletop role-playing games
  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Miniatures games

Accepted authors will develop their games over the course of several months, going through OneShot’s collaborative peer review process of alpha and beta playtesting.

How Peer Review Works

Proposals for games and essays are initially reviewed by our editorial team. These reviews take place in a shared space where the team can discuss their thoughts on the proposals with one another.

During the development process leading up to publication, editorial staff play submitted games twice (Alpha and Beta testing) and give feedback to authors about their games and accompanying essays. OneShot also solicits feedback from external player-reviewers, and in this case, no information about the author(s)’ identity is given. Playtesting sessions of games requiring more than one player are hosted by editors, and external players are given no information about authors.

The Essay

In addition to the game itself, proposals should include plans for a framing essay that discusses the theoretical underpinnings of the game, its audience and context, and the game design process. It may include comments from playtesters or students (if applicable) as well as discussion of challenges and major design changes during game development.

Essays may take textual or video form and should not exceed 2,000 words.

Volume 2 Call for Games Live!

The Call for Games for Volume 2 is now closed, but you can view the call here. This volume will focus on games that promote diversity and inclusion. We anticipate a new CfG to go live next September.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The initial proposal should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


All images used must be supplied in high-resolution. The image should be scaled to the size desired by the author(s) and be as close to 300 dpi as possible. Within the text, all images should be captioned. All images should be named in such a way that captions will match filenames.

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