The fourth issue of Dear Movies gets into the nitty gritty of exploration... whether it's physically exploring the environment you inhabit or discovering yourself.
It's science fiction and fantasy that take us to new worlds we could have never dreamt of. It's coming-of-age and road trips and long summers which teach us more about ourselves that we ever learn at school. It's embarking on grand adventure or just noticing new details in your neighbourhood. It's meeting new people, visiting new countries, trying new things.
As always, you can interpret the theme as literally or as loosely as you like, as long as there is a connection and a personal element in the piece. Although Dear Movies is mostly focused on films, submissions based on tv shows will also be considered from now on.
Dear Movies is especially interested in sharing the perspectives of those who are typically underrepresented in the film world (both on screen and in criticism/conversations).
Dear Movies accepts most forms of writing - creative nonfiction, essays, short stories, poetry, interviews, love notes, text exchanges… If you have something to say about film, we’d like to hear it. However, please note that Dear Movies is not a place for reviews or formal criticism. Be imaginative, make it personal, and tell us what film really means to you.
Word count is flexible but generally pieces should be between 500 and 2,000 words.
If you are a writer interested in contributing to Dear Movies, please email finished pieces as a Word or Google document (no PDFs please!) to email@example.com, with your name and the title of your piece in the subject line.
If it is your first time submitting please include a short biography (around 50 words is fine) and details of your social media handles, blogs or websites.
Not sure if your piece is right? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief outline of your idea and we can chat!
We're always on the look out for artwork to both stand alone and accompany pieces in the zine. If you’re an artist or photographer and would like to contribute, please send a bit about yourself along with some links to relevant examples of your work to email@example.com.
Only submissions which are related to the current theme will be accepted.
You can submit more than one piece, but please note that I am unlikely to publish more than two pieces from any one person in one issue (unless they are very short/part of a set).
By submitting, you are stating that you own copyright and publication rights to the work submitted. You also agree to publication of your work in perpetuity, both in print and online. All contributors will retain copyright for their work.
I ask that your submission has not been published on any other writing platform, aside from personal blogs and websites, until after the issue has been published.
Dear Movies is an unfunded side-project run by a team of one. As such I am currently unable to pay contributors and all submissions are purely voluntary. Any money made from issue sales goes straight back into the next issue. Where possible contributors will receive a copy of the zine, and of course you'll get my huge appreciation.