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In The Mood Magazine

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In The Mood Magazine latest issue

A pop culture journal about the things we like to watch.


  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    1 week*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:
    20% *
    Editor reported data


Find more details in the Genres section


  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, Literary, Experimental, Humor, Speculative, wtf idk

Payment: CA$ 30

Flash Fiction, Fan Fiction, Spec Scripts

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Sub Genres: All / surprise us, , , , , ,

Payment: CA$ 30

Short Personal Essays


Payment: CA$ 30

No specific limitations


Max words: 1000

Payment: CA$ 30

Review (Capsule)

Max words: 300

Payment: CA$ 20


Payment: CA$ 30

Interviews, Conversations


Payment: CA$ 30

No specific limitations


Payment: CA$ 30

No specific limitations

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    We’re looking for writers with a distinctive voice, who aren't afraid of getting personal, and who are curious about why we watch what we watch. We appreciate thoughtful analysis but also a playful tone; we want intelligent pieces that aren't too full of themselves. We don't think of ourselves as an authority, but a confidante. 🎬 We publish the following about film, TV, pop culture, and moving image media: ‍ ‍- Personal essays and non-academic essays ‍- Conversations, roundtable discussions, interviews ‍- Poetry ‍- Round-ups, lists ‍- Experimental pieces, fan fiction, spec scripts ‍- Games, questionnaires - Visual art, comics ‍- First-person, on-the-ground pieces about going to movies or working behind the scenes ‍- Film Diaries (short personal piece about something you've watched lately) - Anniversary pieces (but try to think beyond "this movie is still great") - Works on other moving image media, e.g. music videos, celebrities, commercials, filming locations, interesting areas of the film industry ❌ Things to avoid: ‍ ‍- Straight up reviews - Excessive summary - Academic or overly-formal tone - Flat-out pans (if something is bad, tell us why that's interesting!) - Pre-1970s media - Clickbait/hot takes We aim to review our newsletter submissions within 1 week. We review all of our submissions at the end of our submission period, after which you’ll receive a response from us with our publication decision. Please keep in mind that a rejection is not necessarily a reflection on the quality of your work! We get a large number of submissions and only have a limited number of spots per issue, which unfortunately means we have to pass on many great pitches. If your piece is accepted, it'll go through an editing process. As a volunteer-run journal, we pay a modest honorarium of $30 CAD per feature and $20 CAD for film diaries, sent upon publication. We acknowledge that this is not a market rate, and won't be doable for some writers. Thanks for pitching to In the Mood, we're looking forward to reading your work. And remember, we love surprises! 😈

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We're a pop culture journal about the things we like to watch. Published triannually, we delve into film, TV, music videos, and celebrity culture through essays, conversations, and unconventional forms of criticism like film diaries, poetry, and comics. Our focus is on the viewer, their viewing ha...

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    Editor Gabrielle Marceau avatar

    Gabrielle Marceau


    Editor Sennah Yee avatar

    Sennah Yee

    Managing Editor

    Editor Kay Evans-Stocks avatar

    Kay Evans-Stocks

    Creative Director

    Editor Cleo Sood avatar

    Cleo Sood

    Editorial & Communications Intern