“What hath night to do with sleep?” - John Milton
“4 A.M. knows all my secrets.” - Poppy Z. Brite
For our August issue, we’re looking for thoughtful and intelligent essays on movies and TV that explore the adventures, odysseys, nightmares, and transformations that can occur between dusk and dawn.
There are plenty of directions you could take this, but a few thoughts to get you started…
- There are the routine nights out that spin wildly out of control, from the hijinks of Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting to the life-or-death stakes of Collateral and Die Hard.
- There are the parties that become unforgettable, whether for good (think Can't Hardly Wait and Dazed and Confused) or ill (think The Invitation and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
- There are the seemingly average nights that turn into gauntlets of survival, from Green Room to The Mist to, well, pretty much every Friday the 13th and Halloween movie.
- And then there are those magical nights that end chapters of our lives (American Graffiti) and begin new ones (Before Sunrise).
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 1800-3000 words, though we’ve certainly been known to publish pieces in other, longer formats. Creative approaches are always encouraged.
We pay $50 per essay upon publication.
In order to be considered for the issue we’ll need to receive a first draft of your essay via Submittable by June 30, 2019.
If you have any questions or concerns prior to submitting, please feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be aware that due to the high volume of submissions and few available publishing slots, we are very rarely able to accept an essay based on idea alone, and so as long as you have no particular concerns, there is no need to submit a traditional pitch. 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/.