How can I write for Bright Wall/Dark Room?

Bright Wall/Dark Room currently publishes 8-10 essays per issue, on a monthly basis. Each issue is based loosely around a theme. Essays, criticism, reportage, interviews, and short humor pieces will all be evaluated and considered.

Please keep in mind that we are absolutely not looking for formulaic plot-summary "reviews" of any kind. We are far more interested in content that has you interacting, engaging, or wrestling with a film or film-related topic in some personal, analytical, engaging, or unique way. Creativity and thinking outside of the box are highly encouraged.

How to Submit:

  1. Read Bright Wall/Dark Room. If you want to write for us, subscribe and take a look through our archives to get a sense of what we usually tend to publish. 

  2. Head over to our Submittable page, where we announce upcoming issue themes and open calls for submission on a monthly basis. If you haven't written for us before and 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. 

  3. Please note, due to the increasingly large amount of submissions we're getting each month—and the limited amount of space in each issue—there is no guarantee that we will be able to publish your essay just because it's submitted. Our editorial team evaluates all submissions on a monthly basis, once the submission period has ended, and will notify you if we've accepted your essay. We are not currently able to respond personally to every submission, so if you haven't heard from us within two weeks of the submission deadline, this means your piece wasn't selected for publication. 

We are also willing to consider pitches that don't pertain to any particular issue/theme. If you have an idea for a piece that you think might work for our magazine, you can send a pitch to us directly at

Though our budget is quite limited, it is of high importance to us to be able to pay writers for their work. To that end, we are currently able to pay a modest sum ($25) for each accepted piece, upon publication, and we hope to increase that amount in the near future.

We will notify you if your piece has been accepted, and will then work diligently with you to edit the article for grammar, content, and style.

Bright Wall/Dark Room retains first publication rights for 60 days after publication date.

Upcoming Issue Themes & Deadlines:

David Lynch
submission deadline: August 1, 2017

Action Movies!
submission deadline: September 1, 2017