The Pamphleteer Series

John Sharp and David Thomas, editors

Think of the Pamphleteer Series as ideas in prototype. Iterative design comes to academic publishing.

Somewhere in that awkward place between the brevity and instinct of a blog and the detailed certainty of a book sits the pamphlet. Short, well-reasoned, powerful. Revolutions have been launched with the pamphlet. Might they again.

Later may come the books and the blogs, but to start, the pamphlet. Or in this case, e-books, print, and of course, free online. With pictures, too.

Some ideas and arguments need a voice and place to enter the public dialog that allows them to assert before certainty, to test without idle speculation, to argue with vim and vigor. In short, the ever-expanding media ecology of publishing needs a home for medium length essays grounded in research and deep reflection, but written to be read in a sitting or two with the goal of igniting discussion.

The Pamphleteer Series is smart, relevant, well-argued and peer-reviewed but doesn’t have to adhere to usual academic standards. This is a home for manifestos, intelligent stabs in the dark, modest proposals and anarco-academic cookbooks. It’s a place for short, well-reasoned stuff that isn’t ready for, or refuses to adhere to normal academic practice. It’s a place for unexpected formats, for playing with the line between academic output and public discourse.

These pamphlets are for people looking for thoughtful, intelligent writing that’s enjoyable to read. Our writers have a dose of the radical, write with glee, don’t mind a good joke and can always find a point worth making. From that first spark of an idea to the moment the words reach our readers, pamphlet time is marked in weeks and months, not years.

The Pamphleteer series is being launched as a platform for talking about games, games studies, game theory and play. But once the framework has been established, we will be casting our net more widely for pamphlets interested in engaging entertainment at large, as well as design, culture and leisure.

We are seeking works between 5,000 and 20,000 words. Please send proposals of no more than 1,000 words to

"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."
-- Thomas Paine