Much Ado Print Issue: Open For Pitches

Last month, Much Ado About Cinema celebrated its first anniversary‚ÄĒand 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 muchadoaboutcinema@gmail.com 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.

Much Ado About Cinema is looking for new writers!

As many of you will know, Much Ado has grown exponentially over the past couple of months, and we’re now seeking to make our output even greater and more diverse than ever before! To do this, we need more people on board – and that’s where you guys come in.

We are now opening applications to join our team of regular writers. Ultimately, we’re looking for people who are dedicated to the same goals as we are, people who truly adore all types of cinema, and people who will thrive in a close-knit, supportive group. You do not need to have a wealth of experience – though it’s great if you do – nor do you need a million qualifications. To join us, we only ask for dedication, raw talent, and a fairly stable internet connection.

In return, we can offer the chance to get your work out there to a rapidly expanding audience. We can also provide feedback from a group of experienced writers, and the opportunity to work within a team that cares about nurturing your skills as a journalist. The Much Ado team doesn’t really have a hierarchy – at the end of the day, we’re just a group of film nerds that help each other out. I’m proud to say that we’re a friendly bunch, and I hope that our future new team members will agree with this judgement!

We especially encourage people of colour, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, working class people, disabled people, ethnic minorities, and any other such oppressed group to apply. Though all applications will be considered on their own merit, we are particularly invested in providing a space for those voices that may be overlooked due to industry prejudice.

The application form can be found here. If you have any issues filling out the form, please contact muchadoaboutcinema@gmail.com. Applications will close on the 23rd February. Please note that this is an unpaid role – though we would love to pay our writers, the site is not monetised.

Good luck, and thank you so much for reading Much Ado!