Nathan Curtis has been in the puzzle constructing game a long time, and now he’s looking for funding to lend new authors a helping hand through his next project Hatched Magazine.
Curtis began his puzzle design career as many modern makers do, creating and sharing them online, for free through a personal website. Over-the-course of the next four years, Curtis grew in his production rate and quality, eventually becoming a mainstream published puzzle constructor. While things worked out for Curtis, many toil away in obscurity, taking even longer to get noticed, if they ever are.
For Curtis, Hatched Magazine is about changing the current status quo.
“Hatched is a puzzle magazine focusing on new and emerging constructors,” writes Curtis. “We at Hatched want to speed up the process for new constructors.”
“This means taking puzzle submissions from constructors of all stripes, but especially newer constructors,” explains Curtis. “All constructors will receive the benefit of editorial feedback on their submissions, and many will get to see their work published for the first time. And everyone who helps along the way, from the contributing constructors to the editors, [test-solvers], and graphic designers, will be fairly paid for their contributions.”
The minimum buy-in is $1 per issue, which nets patrons Hatched Magazine coming with four to five variety puzzles a publication. Small beginnings, Curtis believes, is just the right way to get this all-digital project off the ground.
“Hatched isn’t the first publication to do this, but we believe we can take advantage of internet distribution and the crowd-funding model of Patreon to make this work… When we reach our first funding goal of $250 in pledges per issue, we will start by publishing one or two variety puzzles per issue, once every month or two.”
Submissions are open for all creators and the guidelines are fairly liberal, with authors able to submit pretty much any puzzle type for publication. The few exceptions to the rule are puzzles that are common to mainstream publishers like American-style Crosswords, Acrostics, Sudoku, and KenKen.
At the time of this writing, Hatched Magazine is offering $75 – $150 per variety puzzle that fills one to two pages, and puzzle hunts will earn $75 – $150 per puzzle, including a meta-puzzle. Designers get to keep the ownership of their puzzles, giving Hatched a three-month exclusive.
Starting to sound like a good thing?
If you’re a solver, head on over to Patreon to donate. A designer? Get those submissions going!