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Submission Guidelines

Can you write thoughtful articles on the subject of Film & Television? We’re always looking for new talent, so why not contribute to Frame Rated?

Dan Owen
Dan Owen
Nov 26, 2016 · 8 min read
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If you have a Medium account:

  • Write or import your article.
  • Follow Medium’s Style Sheet to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation (we prefer British English, not American English). This post will help you create lists, embed content, and add images.
  • Make sure it doesn’t violate the Medium Rules.
  • There’s no requirement to add images because we source those. But if you do, please ensure they’re of high quality (1000 pixels wide minimum). Try and make any ‘featured image’ 1500px wide. IMDb and TMDb are good sources. We reserve the right to replace your images.
  • Remember to cite sources directly using hyperlinks. The same goes for images using captions — if said images aren’t marketing material available online. Making an image’s copyright clear with a © credit beneath is also appreciated.
  • Proofread! There’s nothing more frustrating for an editor than having to laborious correct grammar and spelling. Everyone has access to spell-checkers nowadays, so there’s no excuse. It’s also a good idea to check the ‘readability’ of your piece by running it through this site, too.
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If you HAVE a Medium account:

  • Make sure your article doesn’t violate the Medium Rules.
  • Follow instructions to ‘Share a Draft’ with us.
  • If your article’s accepted you’ll be added as a ‘writer’ for the site.
  • Once a writer, you must then submit your work as outlined here.
  • We will edit submissions to correct any mistakes and whatnot, but mostly to ensure it adheres to the style of our site. The closer you can reflect our style from the start, the more likely we are to want to work with you further! After approving major changes with you (check e-mails or private notes!*), your submission will be scheduled for publishing. *If we don’t hear from you and the article is time-sensitive, we are likely to proceed without this courtesy being paid.

If you DON’T have a Medium account:

  • Just e-mail us your article, after fact-checking everything and proofing for spelling and grammar, etc.
  • Please be aware that because you don’t have a Medium profile, your work will be posted using our generic Frame Rated Staff account. However, you’ll be credited within this article, so let us know if you want your name there linked to a particular site/blog or social media account.
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  • No listicles. We don’t like ‘Top 5 Such-and-Such’-type features. But if you have an inventive way of obscuring a listicle’s format, so it doesn’t read as a basic countdown list of films that you like — go for it!
  • Is your submission too short? We prefer submissions that are 5–8 minutes long. Longer articles of around 10-20 minutes are acceptable if that extra word-count is clearly justified… but anything under 5 minutes is unlikely to be accepted. It’s just not meaty enough as an article!
  • Are you writing from a personal angle? We want articles to display your personality and it’s fine to include personal experiences to support your thoughts, but articles weighted towards your personal life are unlikely to be accepted. For example, something titled “Why [A Film] Made Me Reconsider My Career as Comedian” just screams it would work better as a personal blog. Exceptions can be made depending on exactly what the angle, so this is admittedly a loose rule.
  • Is your style and formatting vastly different? We have a house style we don’t expect newcomers to grasp the nuances of immediately, so almost every article is altered to some extent. However, the best way to impress us is to read Frame Rated enough to intuit our common formatting choices and general style and tone. If a submission reads as something wildly different (often much too “informal” in nature), the work required to make it fit our standards will be a motivating factor. We may reject your work simply because adapting it will take too long, and will likely frustrate you in the process! Basically: understand the publication you are submitting to and try to match the flavour of existing content.
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Payment & the Medium Partner Program (MPP)

We can’t pay anyone directly for their submissions, but you can enrol in Medium’s Partner Program. This means you can “meter” your article behind a paywall where only certain people can access it:

  • Anyone sent a special “Friend Link” to access a paywalled article without requiring a Medium subscription.
  • Anyone accessing an article through Twitter.
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Regular Contributions:

While payment isn’t guaranteed because it mainly relies on readers engaging by your monetised article in large numbers, being a regular contributor does give you some perks when joining Frame Rated:

  • Press screening invites, mostly in the central London area for film and TV premieres. These sometimes include audience Q&As with cast and crew or the chance for roundtable interviews afterwards. [UK only.]
  • Interview filmmakers and actors, either in person as part of an aforementioned press screening event, or sometimes via phone or video-call. [UK focused.]
  • Attend film festivals with press accreditation, which sometimes means a discounted enrolment fee and additional perks. [UK only.]
  • Feedback and guidance to improve your writing, develop your talent, and sharpen your administrative skills (working to a deadline and brief).
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