Senses of Cinema is Australia’s leading international film journal. We publish serious criticism and scholarship written in a lively, accessible style. Our aim is to bridge the gap in film writing between the academy and the general, informed reader.

Have an idea for an article?

Although Senses of Cinema is predominantly a commissioned-based journal, proposals for articles are welcome.

Proposals should not exceed 200 words and should succinctly state:

a)    what your article will be about
b)   why it will be of interest to the Senses readership.

Your proposal should also include links to any previously published work.

Please note Senses of Cinema no longer accepts unsolicited article submissions.

Send your proposal to: proposals at sensesofcinema dot com

What happens if my proposal is accepted?

If we commission an article from you based on your proposal, we cannot guarantee publication until we see the finished article.

At the commissioning stage, we will negotiate a deadline and word count. Failure to adhere to these may result in a refusal to publish.

Feature articles should not exceed a maximum of 5,000 words.

Once your finished article is submitted, it will be edited, and returned to you for final approval.

Please supply any images that you wish to accompany your work when you submit the finished article.

Can I have my article refereed?

Although Senses of Cinema is not a fully refereed journal, we provide writers with the option of having their work peer reviewed. If you would like your work peer reviewed, please let us know when you submit your initial proposal.

Articles must be provisionally approved by the editors before they are peer reviewed. If we do not think your submitted work is suitable for Senses, we will let you know before the review process begins.

Refereed articles will be sent to two qualified academic reviewers with no author name attached. Reviewers will complete reports that will be returned to the author, with comments from the editor if required.

In the case of conflicting recommendations from the reviewers, the editors’ decision will be final.

Please allow at least four weeks for the refereeing process.

We do not peer review book reviews, festival reports, or Cinematheque annotations.

Can I review a book for Senses of Cinema?

If you have an interest in reviewing a particular book for Senses of Cinema, please contact Daniel Fairfax: [email protected]

Your review proposal should succinctly state:

a)    what book you would like to review
b)   why it will be of interest to the Senses readership
c)    why you think you would be an appropriate reviewer.

Can I review a film festival for Senses of Cinema?

If you have an interest in reviewing a particular film festival for Senses of Cinema, please contact Michelle Carey on: [email protected]

Your film festival review proposal should succinctly state:

a)    what festival you would like to review
b)   why it will be of interest to the Senses readership
c)    why you think you would be an appropriate reviewer

Can I write a Cinematheque annotation for Senses of Cinema?

A call for cinematheque annotation writers is sent out every few months, and writers who express an interest in particular titles are commissioned directly.

You can subscribe to the regular call for annotation writers below: