For our August issue, we’re looking back 35 years at the film and TV of 1987. There are more great titles than we could ever find room for, but a few to get you started: it was a great year for comedies, whether tinged with romance and drama (Broadcast News, Moonstruck) or antics (Raising Arizona, Spaceballs). It was a huge year for action (Lethal Weapon, Robocop), horror (Evil Dead 2, Hellraiser) and Michael Douglas (Fatal Attraction, Wall Street). There were literary adaptations both traditional (Housekeeping, The Witches of Eastwick) and more innovative (Roxanne, Opera). The auteurs were present and accounted for (De Palma’s The Untouchables, Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket) and the arthouse was thriving (Babette’s Feast, Swimming to Cambodia, Wings of Desire). And that’s just scratching the surface of a stacked year!
(Please note the following titles are likely—though not guaranteed—to be covered by staff writers: Near Dark, Prince of Darkness, Maurice, The Princess Bride, Baby Boom, Adventures in Babysitting).
We pay $50 per essay upon publication. Please be aware that our acceptances are based on the presumption of the writer's good-faith engagement with our collaborative editorial process; a refusal to participate in this process may result in rescinded acceptance.
In order to be considered for the issue we’ll need to receive a complete first draft of your essay via Submittable by July 8, 2022.
Please be advised that given the high volume of interest for what’s typically 8 - 12 publication slots in a month, and to level the playing field between emerging and established voices, we rely primarily on Submittable in finding essays for each issue, and we do ask for full first drafts for consideration (pitches sent to Submittable are often seen too late to be considered). We completely understand that for many writers, working on spec is too much of an expenditure of time and energy for an uncertain result. For that reason, we’re happy to accept e-mailed pitches via editors@brightwalldarkroom. Please include a rundown of the idea, a projected word count (we usually publish work between 2,000 and 4,000 words), a sense of what makes it a great fit for BW/DR (usually some distinctive form or offbeat focus that would set it apart from outlets more focused on news and reviews), and a few links to pieces published at outlets with editorial oversight. On pitches, we will offer a solid yes or no, and a rejection may represent a range of reasons unrelated to the quality of your work—given our roster of regular contributors and our desire to save a few slots each month for Submittable discoveries, pitching is, for better or worse, a fairly competitive prospect!
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).
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