Submissions

(Our full pitch/submission guidelines can be found here.)

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.

 

Our August issue will focus on the life and work of Billy Wilder, one of the greatest artists to ever work in the medium of film. No pressure, right?

Check back soon for full details!

There’s probably no more universal storytelling question than: what happens when a character leaves their comfortably familiar environs and sets out on the road to…

Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Fame and fortune? Adventure? Certain destruction? It’s that tantalizing mystery that draws characters away from home, and audiences to their tales. From bedtime stories to epic drama, there’s an undeniable power to journeys down unpredictable roads, and that’s exactly what we want to consider and celebrate with our July issue.

From the wagon trains of a classic western to Bilbo Baggins’ unexpected journey, these great leaps are often a physical movement into an undiscovered country, but just as often, a leap into the unknown can be mental—starting over after a divorce or a death can be just as perilous an adventure as crossing dangerous terrain. Sometimes, too, characters who aren’t looking for the unknown find the unknown coming to them—if we’re talking about universal storytelling structures, what can be more intriguing than a mysterious stranger arriving in town? And sometimes we as viewers take some leap into the unknown by branching out into new and unfamiliar forms of filmmaking or filmgoing or use films to help process some unpredictable journey of our own.

These are just a few of the many directions this prompt could be taken, and we can’t wait to discover your own great unknown perspectives.

As always, we’re looking for thoughtful analysis and wholehearted engagement, as opposed to standard reviews, clickbait, or hot takes. We’re a home for film writing that you won’t find anywhere else on the web—we’re not afraid to go long, to dive deep, to look close, to dig into filmmaking and film theory, but also to get messy and vulnerable and human, to explore nuance and mystery. 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 2000 - 4000 words, though we’ve certainly been known to publish pieces in other, longer formats. Creative approaches are always encouraged! 

We pay on a sliding scale based on the scope of a given piece, with a range of $100 - $300 per essay. Please feel free to contact [email protected] to gauge the potential fee for the piece you envision.

In order to be considered for the issue we’ll need to receive a complete first draft of your essay via Submittable by June 2, 2020.

Please be advised that we love publishing new and undiscovered voices, but that given the high volume of interest and few available publishing slots, we ask that writers without significant portfolios submit a full first draft rather than sending pitches for consideration. Writers with professional experience in longform writing are more likely to have a piece approved based on a pitch, and can feel free to contact [email protected]. Also, before submitting, please check our archives to make sure we haven't covered the film you hope to write about within the last calendar year (we even have an alphabetized database of every film we've covered under the "Films" tab for extra convenience). 

For additional information, visit our Submissions page: http://brightwalldarkroom.com/submissions/

We welcome unsolicited essay submissions of any length on any film or television related topic. However, before you submit your piece, we recommend that you visit our "About" page and browse our archives to get a sense of the sort of pieces we publish—longform works of thoughtful analysis on the relationship between movies and the business of being alive.

We pay on a sliding scale based on the scope of a given piece, with a range of $100 - $300 per essay. Please feel free to contact [email protected] to gauge the potential fee for the piece you envision.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of submissions and few available slots for off-theme essays, we can only respond to submissions that we are interested in publishing. If you have not heard back within 2 weeks, please accept our appreciation for sharing your work but our regrets that we will be unable to publish it.

Please be advised that we love publishing new and undiscovered voices, but that given the high volume of interest and few available publishing slots, we ask that writers without significant portfolios submit a full first draft rather than sending pitches for consideration. Writers with professional experience in longform writing are more likely to have a piece approved based on a pitch, and can feel free to contact [email protected]