DR:SoCal Returning Writer's application form

If you are filling out this form, you have been a part of our Story Writing Team before. In order to submit this form, you should be a member in good standing with our Chapter, and have NO disciplinary actions in the past 12 months. You are expected, just like our Marshals, to always represent the game and the Chapter in the best possible way, always showing empathy and holding true to the progressive ideals of Dystopia Rising.

For Season Six, we will be introducing a “Head Writer” position. This Writer will be the one updated PELs, organizing and assigning Personal Plot Requests, and running the weekly meetings. The Head Writer will be in direct communication with the Director of Story, Rick McCoy, and will work with the Director to lay out the tasks and writing needed for each game of the season. We will be creating an application form for the Head Writer position for Season Seven by the beginning of the year, in case there is interest. The position does include increased compensation.

As a reminder, here are are some notes you submitted on your original form. These are still very important and crucial in your role to be able to re-apply.

Writers are expected to make deadlines. You can be the best writer in the world and if you don't make deadline, then we can't use your materials. Writers who are late with their materials will not be re-hired in the future.

Writers should focus on the "feel" of El Dorado, a Pre-Fall Hollywood backlot used by Film Studios that has survived the centuries and acquiring the reputation of being a ghost town, a modern day "Roanoke". Please take a look at the Echoes of Celluloid Dreams source book or learn about the Holywood region of the world. We focus heavily on the manipulations of Holywood, and the town's growth and status associated with the actions of the player characters of El Dorado, along with conflict with unseen political forces in the area. Main zed for the region include Shamblers, Tanks, Bursters, Hunters, and other opportunistic zed. Main raiders include Grave Walker Raiders, Pit Stop Raiders, and Beserker Raiders.

Writers should consider the season when writing modules. Because DR:SoCal is located in a desert area that becomes cold in the winter, and an oven during the late spring and summer months, we ask for submissions that fit the season they're being written for. Please consider that when it's hot in the summer, players want to be outside or in the water. When it's winter, players prefer mods closer to the heat and combat modules to fight the sting of the cold. When it's spring, focus on getting outside after winter and going on adventure-type modules. When it's autumn, focus on combat and the season finale (September).

Writers should focus on horror and survival at DR:SoCal. Writing horror-inspired modules is key for our experience in SoCal. If you need help with the horror genre, take a look at a few horror movies and think of how it would be best to incorporate it into a module.

Writers can submit several-month arcs. Once you are approved, and if you're interested in creating an arc that spans over several months, then please submit the general outline of your idea to drsocalplot@gmail.com. While single-shot modules are acceptable, writers that have ideas of groups, modules, and scenarios that go across several months will be re-hired for work. 

Writers may not submit multiple-chapter story arcs without telling us that this is occurring and talking with other local directors. If you wish to create a cross-branch story, you must inform us ahead of time before writing. While we really want to encourage creativity in the creation of story, we need to enforce this policy. Any failure to do so will mean that you will not be contracted again.

Writers should write modules so that anyone can run them. Each module should be written in such a fashion that an ops marshal or rules marshal can look at the module and then be able to run it during game, assigning NPC roles, setting up the module site, etc.

If, after reading and understanding the importance of the above criteria, you are interested in being a Story Writer for DR:SoCal, please read and fill out the application below. Answer the questions with care and thought.

This application is based on many other Chapters' own criteria across the Dystopia Rising network, and we are looking for thought and effort to be put into answering our queries. Once this application is completed it will be reviewed by the DR:SoCal Director of Storytelling. If your application is accepted we’ll reach out to you with the module template and any additional information.

This application does not guarantee that your work will be used. Dystopia Rising pays their writers at an industry standard of $.03 per word (not including instructions and template language). Payment for accepted modules is the month AFTER the submission.


Please complete the form below

Name *
What type of modules are you interested in writing? Check all that apply. *
Please submit a module for the Season Six opener. Note that it may be still be used for the game, even if your application is denied. Consider the events of last season, and the focus of our story coming up.