Do you have the next great boardgame design?   Have you ever dreamed of getting your game published?   We'll the GameCon Memphis boardgame design contest may be your answer!   We have partnered with the Chicago Toy and Game Fair to bring you the opportunity to pitch your game directly to Jay Tummelson of Rio Grande Games.  

The contest is open to all previously unpublished boardgames regardless of where you live.   The winner of the contest will be awarded entry into the Chicago Toy and Game Fair and a thirty minute meeting with Jay Tummelson of Rio Grande Games.  What more could you want?   How about this:  Jay will meet with twelve designers and he has committed to publishing at least one of the games presented to him in Chicago.  Last year four of the twelve were selected to be published! 

We are accepting submissions from now until September 10th, and games must be delivered to us by the first day of the convention.  Please make sure that if you are mailing in your submission that you allow plenty of time for the game to arrive.  You do not need to be present at GameCon Memphis to enter a game or to win, but you must be able to travel to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair November 20th & 21st.

To submit a game, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Game Name
  • A copy of the rules
  • One or more pictures of the game components†

Games will be scored using the following criteria: 

  • Decision Driven
  • Originality
  • Wait Time
  • Unpredictability
  • Broad Appeal
  • Replayable
  • Interactive
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Fun
  • Simple to Learn

Each game's total scoring will be added up to determine who claims the finalist position.  In the event of a tie, the organizers will determine the winner.


Is there a limit to the number of games I may submit?
Yes.   Each designer may submit no more than two games.  

I've self published or released my game as a print and play, can I still enter it?
No.  There are to many variables involved for us to determine if the game is acceptible for Rio Grande Games.   You are free to submit the game to Rio Grande Games via their normal channels and we wish you the best of luck.

Do you accept mail in submissions?   What about from outside the U.S.?
Yes.   However, you still have to submit your game via email to us first for approval.   Once approved you must make sure that your game is delivered in time for the convention.   Please allow about a week extra for delays in the postal system.

Why do I have to email you the rules and pictures of the game?
This is to ensure that your game is in a playable state before accepting it into the contest and to weed out those games which are simply ideas.   You may still make revisions to the rules and game up until the convention if you'd like.

Can I make changes to my game after it has been accepted?
Yes. Feel free to improve your game all the way until the convention. Just make sure that you deliver the final version to us in time.

Can I attend the convention and the contest?
Yes. However, the contest is a blind playtest event. This means that we ask that you not participate in the playtesting of your own game(s). You are welcome to watch and take notes as people try your games.

Will you mail back my game(s)?
Unfortunately, we cannot afford to mail back every game that is sent to us. If you would like the game back, we'd be happy to return it if you pay the postage.

When will I know if I won the contest?
If you attend the convention you'll know on Sunday, October 3rd. Otherwise, we will update the website and contact the winner as soon as possible.

If you have any questions not addressed here, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


†All pictures we recieve may be used on the website or in advertising with the sole purpose of generating interest in playtesting your games.   You and your game will be credited anywhere the picture is used.