Dear Movies


Issue 3 - the Telly issue

Submissions are open until Sunday 3 February 2019.

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the caption:

For the third issue of Dear Movies, we'll be looking at all things television. Tell us about the shows you love, the series that shaped your childhood, the season you think is desperately misunderstood. For Dear Movies, all TV is created equal. Write about reality shows, HBO, BBC period dramas, soaps, cartoons - if it means something to you, we want to hear about it.

Get personal about your love for television, dive into your memories, write a poem about your comfort shows or a letter to your favourite character.

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).

Submission 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.

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, 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 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

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 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.

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