Pathfinder Society Organized Play is currently conducting an ongoing open call for Pathfinder Society Scenarios. Check out the "What Pathfinder Society is Currently Seeking" section below for details. We are NOT seeking generic Pathfinder RPG adventures nor are we asking you to pitch us a new Pathfinder Adventure Path. Any submissions that aren't specifically for Pathfinder Society Organized Play scenarios will be ignored.
To participate in the open call, please send a 750-word outline for a Pathfinder Society Organized Play adventure scenario. This outline should briefly and succinctly describe the adventure from beginning to end, providing a full narrative of the story being told. It needn’t include details on faction missions or how you plan to scale encounters. It should exhibit the best of your writing talents, your creative storytelling approach, and a clear understanding of the scope, feel, and style of Pathfinder Society Scenarios.
We will read queries as quickly as possible and respond appropriately. If we receive one that we like, we will likely give that author a contract and pay him or her for the adventure. If we receive one that we 80% like, we will likely ask that author to rewrite elements and resubmit for possible future publication. There is no guarantee at any point in this process that we will give you a contract and pay you for your work.
We will try to provide feedback on all queries, whether they are near-misses or auto-rejections, but can not guarantee such.
Paizo uses the Pathfinder Society Organized Play open calls to find new talent for our other product lines—maybe that new talent is you!
Rules of Submitting for the Pathfinder Society Organized Play Open Call
1. Only submit Pathfinder Society scenarios or scenario ideas. We won't even respond to other queries.
2. All submissions must be made via email to email@example.com.
3. Your submission must be in .doc, .rtf, or .txt format.
4. Your submission must include your full legal name, physical mailing address, email address, and a contact phone number on the top of the first page. This does not count toward word count.
5. Your submission file must be named LASTNAME_TITLE.EXTENSION such as MORELAND_THEPALLIDPLAGUE.doc.
6. The subject line of your submission email must be labeled the same: LASTNAME TITLE.
7. Allow 72 hours for a response before resubmitting. Allow for more time on a holiday weekend.
8. Read at least one season 1 or season 2 scenario (you probably want to read all of them) before submitting. We can usually tell in about the first 50 words if you've actually read or played in a scenario.
9. Failure to follow any of the above rules will result in a rejection.
Here are a few tips for your scenarios or scenario ideas: 1. Use our setting details to make your own story, don't cram your story so full of our canon that it reads like a Frankenstein's monster of other authors' work. Read this post for an example.
2. Understand that Pathfinder Society is not a good-aligned organization, nor is it evil. Also understand that evil characters are not allowed in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. Also understand that all scenarios must be PG-13.
3. Avoid child endangerment stories or stories involving sexual violence. These will be rejected outright.
4. We aren’t looking for comedies.
5. For the best shot at getting your query accepted, provide a high adventure story with a good mix of drama, action, and roleplay.
6. #5 does not mean that all we want to see are high adventure stories. If you have a really good idea that doesn’t fit in that mold, I want to see it.
7. Only send me your best ideas and your (very important) BEST-WRITTEN ideas. You may send more than one idea, but each must be its own email and attachment.
8. NO EASTER EGGS. What we mean by that is this: don't be cute and include a reference to your favorite comic book/movie/song/etc. If we catch it, you're done. If we don't catch it, we could get the pants sued off of us. Just don't do it.
10. Pathfinder Society Organized Play employs an ongoing metaplot from season to season. Do not submit a query pertaining to past, current, or future metaplots. These are concepted and mapped out in house. We want stand-alone adventures from new authors, not best guesses of what we need to tell our overarching story.
11. While we release several linked Pathfinder Society Scenarios each season as mini-arcs, we are not looking for open call submissions detailing more than a single scenario. If your adventure requires more than one publication to complete, it’s not right for the open call.