Submission Guidelines

We only respond to submissions we’re interested in.  Games should not be offensive to any gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, body type, age group, nor to people with different cognitive or physical abilities; nor to those with with different marital or cohabitation preferences.  Do not submit games which present pedophilia or abusive relationships in a positive light.

Do not send submissions to our Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Discord, or other social media pages. We will only consider submissions that follow these guidelines.

Writer/Artist

If you are both the writer and artist, or writer/artist/programmer on a dating sim and would like to partner with us we sometimes offer net royalty-share opportunities with 50% for the creator.

Yaoi games make from $8,000 to $26,000 in the first year depending on the project.  A bara game can make in one month what a yaoi or otome game will make in a year.

To submit, make sure your work fits into one of the genres on the bottom of this page and send a query introducing yourself and listing your past works and any credentials.  Give us a brief description of your project with a beginning, middle, and end.  Provide links (not attachments) to multiple examples of your artwork.  Contact us through our contact page.

Artists

We are always in need of bara-style artists.  We seek to maintain long-term contracts with talented bara artists.

Artists should submit by contacting us through our contact page.  Tell us what you’re interested in doing:  Line Art, Backgrounds, Logos, GUIs, Flats, Shade Coloring, or Graphic Design.  Provide links to samples of your work.

We are very strict about deadlines.

Artists can expect to make these rates with our company, including occasional bonuses for consistently meeting deadlines.  These rates should not be considered the industry standard for smaller indie visual novel publishers.  We are an established medium-sized company with the ability to pay a premium for quality work and loyal artists.  Amounts are listed in USD.

CGs
$100 Clean, Inked Line Art With 1 or 2 Characters
$125 Clean, Inked Line Art with 3 prominent Characters
$150 Clean, Inked Line Art with 4 or More prominent Characters

$50 Large Variation to Line art (e.g. another version of the image with a character in a different position, new character added, or other large change, not edits to sketch art)
$30 Medium Variation to Line art (e.g. head turned, hair + clothes
blown, arm + eyes moved, or other medium change)
$10-$5 Small Variation to Line art (e.g. expression change,
something/one removed from image, eyes closed, or other small change)

$10 Image color flats

$25 Cell shading for 1-2 Characters
$35 Cell shading for 3 Characters
$45 Cell shading for 4 or more Characters
+ $15 for background cell shading when an existing game background can’t be used.

Sprites
$40 Main Sprite Line Art from middle of the thigh up
$25 Sprite Expression and Pose Change Line Art
$10 Sprite Expression Change Line Art

$20 For Main Sprite Coloring
$10 For Sprite Expression and Pose Change Coloring
$5 For Sprite Expression Change Coloring

Backgrounds
$120 Complete Background, Lines, Inks, Flat Colors, Shading

Trailer
$1,500 90 Second Game Trailer for YouTube
$2,000 120 Second Game Trailer

GUI etc.
$100 GUI
$75 Game Logo (I must see examples)
$150 Steam Graphics Package and Assorted Elements

Programmers

Right now we’re producing visual novels programmed in Ren’Py.  We have a lead programmer who is capable of handling all our games at this time.  If that changes in the future we’d love to have contact information from interested programmers ready.

Please introduce yourself and paste your resume into our contact form if you’re interested in programming for us.  We pay by the project with the payment determined by the word count.

Writers

We have a lead writer who is writing the concepts put out by Y Press Games.  If you would like to be a writer for us you should submit your own concept for consideration.  You do not need to be a programmer to submit a concept to us.

It is unlikely we’ll accept a yaoi submission from a writer who is not already working with an artist.  We’re more open to submissions for bara games.

We want to put out extremely original games.  Your concept should not be the typical subject matter seen in most visual novels.  No high school settings.  No average main characters.

We want first of their kind games with a built in audience.  For example, Dream Daddy was one of the first of it’s kind bear dating sim for western audiences.  It had a built in audience of gay men and yaoi fans.

Writers are paid either a flat amount for the entire game script, or a percentage of the sales, possibly with an advance.  We negotiate with writers on a case by case basis.

Please don’t contact us with questions prior to submitting unless you have an established fan base of more than 10,000 readers, or an existing relationship with Y Press Games.  We will be happy to answer questions after we’ve taken an interest in your submission (not before).

To submit, make sure your work fits into one of the genres below and send a query introducing yourself and listing your past works and any credentials.  Give us a brief description of your project with a beginning, middle, and end.  Contact us through our contact page.

Genres are listed in order of preference –

Bara and Masculine Gay Games for Men
Bara is our #1 genre.  We need more bara submissions.  We are eager to work with bara artists and offer favorable terms.  We are in need of more bara artists.  Bara writer/artist teams can make around $40,000 in the first year of a game launch with us.  We will show proof of past game earnings in negotiations with talented bara writer/artist teams.

We would like bara submissions from existing fans of the genre.  If you are not familiar with Barazoku magazine from Japan, you should at least be a fan of the western variants of bara which include the work of Patrick Fillion and Tom of Finland.  The demographic for these games are gay men.

Bara games can be x-rated or sweet and funny without graphic sex.  There are very few western bara games at present and an enormous demand.  The fan base is open to all well-executed, respectful, and enjoyable games.

Yaoi – Open to Writer/Artist Royalty Share Submissions only
Yaoi games must have extremely strong premises propped up by exceptional art teams.  There is an enormous amount of material for western yaoi fans to consume.  For a game to sell well it needs to contain an irresistible premise, and something that generates buzz in the community.

We are extremely selective with yaoi games and do not plan to make more than one a year.

Yaoi games can be x-rated, mature audiences, or without sex scenes.  Do not submit shota-con.  The demographic for these games are women.