Bright Wall/Dark Room is currently accepting submissions for our monthly online magazine. Each issue is built around a particular theme, and we open up the submission process for each new issue 1-2 months in advance of the submission deadline. We are also now accepting general pitches and submissions (off-theme) for consideration. 

We’re looking for thoughtful analysis and wholehearted engagement, as opposed to standard reviews, clickbait, or hot takes. We publish interviews, profiles, formal analysis, cultural criticism, personal essays, and humor pieces. We're looking for writing that is savvy and insightful about filmmaking, but that also grapples in some way with the business of being alive. 

We tend to publish critical essays between 1500-3000 words, though we’ve certainly been known to publish pieces in other, longer formats. Creative approaches are always encouraged.


Full prompt & details coming soon!

(Deadline: February 2, 2018)
Full prompt & details coming soon!

(Deadline for submission: January 7, 2018)
For our first issue of the new year, we'll be looking back at the year that was, with a full month devoted to the best films and television shows of 2017. 

So: We're looking for essays about your favorite film or show—or, at least, the one that you couldn't stop thinking about—from the past year.

If you haven't written for us before and/or want to know more about the submission process, or if you have a few different ideas and aren't sure which one to pursue, please feel free to email the editorial team ( prior to the submission deadline with any pitches or questions. 

In order to be considered for the issue, we'll need to receive a first draft of your essay by December 8, 2017.

We welcome unsolicited essay submissions of any length, on any film or television related topic. If you'd like to submit a pitch or an essay to our editorial team, this is the place to do it. However, before you submit your piece, we recommend that you read our current issue online, or browse through our archives a bit, to get a sense of the kinds of things we tend to publish.

Please note: due to the number of submissions we receive, we aren't always able to respond to every single pitch or submission. However, if we are interested in your pitch or submission, you will be contacted within one month.