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.

 

Ends on October 2, 2017
For our November issue, we're looking for articles & essays on movies that messed with your mind, in one way or another. The twist ending, the perspective changer, the mindf*ck; from the surreal to the surprising—and everywhere in between. We're casting a wide net here (see below) and we're willing to consider something on just about any film.  

Your essay could go in any number of ways, including but not limited to:

Classics
La Jetée, 8 1/2, Last Year in Marienbad, Seconds, 2001, Persona, Solaris, Un Chien Andalou, 

Cult Classics:
Santa Sangre, After Hours, Jacob's Ladder, Altered States, Southland Tales, El Topo, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

New Classics:
Memento, Pi, Donnie Darko, Open Your Eyes, Se7en, 12 Monkeys, Waking Life, The Truman Show, Being John Malkovich, Upstream Color, Black Swan, Holy Motors, Coherence, The Lobster, Pan's Labyrinth, Old Boy, The Skin I Live In, Synecdoche, New York

Analysis of Your Favorite WTF Scene
Break it down for us & tell us why it works the way it does.

Deep Dives on Critically Overlooked Films
Go deep on a crazy film that most of us have forgotten about, but deserves a reappraisal.

As always, we’re not looking for reviews, clickbait, or hot takes. We’re looking for thoughtful analysis and wholehearted engagement. 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 encouraged.

If you haven’t written for us before and want to know more about the submission process, please consult our site for additional information: http://brightwalldarkroom.com/submissions/. If you have a few different ideas and aren’t sure which one to pursue, or want to ask about writing on a particular film, please feel free to email the editorial team (editors@brightwalldarkroom.com) 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 October 2, 2017.

We welcome unsolicited essay submissions of any length.

However, before you submit your piece, we recommend that you subscribe to the magazine and browse through our archives a bit, to get a sense of the kinds of things we tend to publish.