play/write Student Journal

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Our Play/Write Student Journal wants to engage ([under]graduate) students from any kind of background to submit brief essays including critical reflections on video games.

We offer the opportunity to both review and publish student’s written works in the field of Game Studies. Our aim is to bring together different perspectives on topics in Game Studies from people with differing (scholarly) backgrounds on a student level, to foster skills of critical analysis and writing, and to promote the visibility of students who aim to find their footing in Game Studies.

We regularly announce calls for papers to which you can submit your essay. On basis of quality, style and creativity, the most convincing essays will be chosen to be published in our Play/Write Student Journal here on our web page.

Open Call for Papers

Deadline: April 10th, 2022

For our next issue, we want to encourage students to write in a critical manner on any topic relating to (video)games that interests them.

If you are interested in having your work published with us, submit here:

Please make sure to only submit works that comply with our academic standard (see below), and are between 1500 and 2000 words long, references excluded.


Academic Standard

First and foremost, the Play/Write Student Journal is a publication provided by and for students. However, our aim is to publish while upholding academic standards. We expect all submissions to comply with these standards, which includes the respect for other people‘s works, thoughts & ideas. When referencing other works, please use the CMoS17 referencing style. You can find more information about it here. If you include an illustration in support of your arguments, pay attention to the copyrights of your illustration.

Current Issue

Vol. 1: Special Issue: Death in Games

Published February 3, 2022