Writing for Dear Movies

Submissions are currently closed. Check back for details of the theme for issue seven coming later this year.

The most recent issue of Dear Movies is available to order now.

General Guidelines


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 dearmovieszine [@] gmail.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.


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 dearmovieszine [@gmail] .com.

Things to note

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, edited and designed by a team of one (it’s all just me!). This means I am currently unable to pay contributors and all submissions are entirely voluntary. Any money made from issue sales goes straight back into the next issue. Where possible contributors will receive either a free or reduced-price copy of the zine as a small token of my thanks!