Update 7/8: All acceptance letters for Book of Rituals have been mailed. If you have not heard from us by now, your material was not accepted. We would encourage you to continue to refine your work, as we will have additional open calls in the future!

The Book of Rituals open call is now closed. We’re now processing the many excellent submissions we received. Please look for the Book of Rituals on sale at a store near you in September!

Goodman Games is looking for writers! This is an open call for 4E game designers who want to contribute to Book of Rituals, a hardback compilation that will see print in the fall. This is paid work-for-hire. All accepted submissions become the property of Goodman Games, and contributors receive 3 cents per word, printed credit, and a copy of the published book.

Book of Rituals covers heroic level, paragon level, and epic level rituals. It includes rituals for binding, creation, deception, divination, exploration, restoration, scrying, travel, and warding. Submissions should be limited to rituals within the scope of the book.

Here are the guidelines for submissions:

  • The open call is open to anyone. Both amateur and professional writers are welcome.
  • The submission period ends February 28.
  • Each submission is one ritual.
  • Each submitted ritual must be saved as a separate Word document of 500 words or less.
  • You may submit as many submissions as you like, but each submission must be contained in a separate email.
  • The submission must follow the format and style of the  example ritual. For fonts, use Times or Arial, in a 10- or 12-point font size, as demonstrated in the example.
  • The submission must be PG-13 or milder in nature.
  • The submission must show a firm understanding of 4E mechanics.
  • Submissions will be rejected for poor grammar and spelling, inability to follow the format guidelines, and unfamiliarity with 4E mechanics. Submissions that are over word count will also be rejected. 
  • We do not need submissions with rituals related to summoning monsters.
  • By making a submission, you agree not to submit the same material to any other publisher until December 31, 2009, or until your submission has been rejected or accepted. Accepted submissions will be commissioned for exclusive publication by Goodman Games at a rate of 3 cents per word. Rejected submissions remain the copyright of the author.
  • Send submissions to
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