Last month, Much Ado About Cinema celebrated its first anniversary—and what could be more fitting to celebrate one year than announcing our first print issue!
The theme for our first print issue is Universality, whatever that means to you. Here at Much Ado, we pride ourselves on sharing the voices of writers from all over the world – we want to dig deeper into what it is about film & television that unites, divides, and transcends specific audiences. What does American, Mexican, or Japanese cinema assume to be universal? What criticism do you have of your favorite film’s universal assumptions? How do sexuality, race, and class inform how we interpret universal themes? These questions aren’t restrictive, but are just meant to act as inspiration for the creative pitches we hope to receive! At the end of the day, the theme is entirely up to interpretation.
In the issue we’ll publish pieces from our staff writers and accept pieces from you. You can pitch between now and October 10th by following the instructions below.
Your pitches should be very detailed. We expect you to have a very clear idea about what you want to write, concept, style, approx. length of your piece and how it’ll relate to the theme. You can pitch personal or academic essays, features, criticism and analysis. If you have a pitch that does not fit into any of these categories but fits the theme, go ahead and submit it. While we don’t have a word count limit, we prefer pieces that are between 1500-3000. Our editors may contact you to ask you further questions about your pitch and we’ll expect you to reply by October 29th the latest.
Before you pitch, you should keep in mind that if your pitch is accepted, there’ll be rigorous editing process. We expect you to be in contact with our editors throughout the writing process during which we will ask you to submit drafts. You should be punctual with your submissions. We expect you to be open to criticism and discussions regarding your piece. It’ll be a long process but at the end, you’ll have a well thought, developed and polished piece published.
Payment will be 15$ per piece, to be paid after you successfully submit your final draft.
If you are interested, mail your pitch with a bio attached with the subject “Print Issue Pitch” to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10th. Make sure your bio is detailed as well, Much Ado is a community and we care about how you see and define yourself. You must be at least 18 years old. Late submissions will not be accepted.