Constructed languages (conlangs) are ever increasing in popularity as authors, game designers, and filmmakers continue to recognize the value original languages provide to making a fictional world come to life. Below are some ideas of how we price various conlanging requests that are posted to our members’ jobs page. Our prices listed below reflect the minimum acceptable rate in United States dollars; an average, competitive rate; and the industry standard based on your needs.
If none of these examples describe the kind of work you need, please feel free to contact us and we will work with you to determine a fair price for the work you want.
(Please note, the amounts quoted for the industry standard are minimum standard professional pricing for film (TV and movie) industries. Rates for more extensive work can be negotiated, including the need for larger dictionaries or additional translations.)
In addition to creating new languages, many conlangers also excel in creating original writing systems (orthographies). The payment amount required for an original writing system will depend on the complexity desired. For example, an original alphabet with 26 glyphs is less time consuming to create than a syllabary containing 200 or more glyphs and ligatures. The prices below reflect a quote for a basic alphabet containing 25 to 30 glyphs.
Vector Drawings (25 to 30 glyphs)
Digital Font (25 to 30 glyphs)
For individuals with a tight budget or in poorer countries, lower rates may be available. If you are not able to offer a competitive, average compensation for a conlang, some creators may be willing to negotiate other possibilities, such as percentages of future royalties, or rights to publishing a dictionary/grammar with links to your original work.
The Language Creation Society maintains that, as a system, a language is not copyrightable—only the original material that the language is used in may be copyrighted. However, most conlangers are willing to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), prohibiting from releasing details of their work until a set date. If you wish an NDA to be part of the work, you should expect to pay an additional fee depending on the length of time that the NDA covers.