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Wasteland Arts is a student journal of film criticism. We publish essays from a variety of critical perspectives, particularly those concerned with aesthetics. We were founded in Berlin in the autumn of 2018 and are now based in Cambridge.

In 2020, we founded our staff-run newsletter, featuring short essays on a curated selection of films relating to a particular theme.


In 2021, we opened submissions to our newsletter to external contributors. See our issue submissions page for more information.

Since its founding, Wasteland has evolved into a sustained vision of what cinema means to us as a collective.​ In its simplification, Wasteland is a paean to the visual language of film.

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Wasteland accepts pitches for submissions on a rolling basis. Whether a film is revered, misunderstood, lost beneath the mainstream, or an essential viewing — we want to hear your thoughts on it. We want short and long reads on films that have struck a chord with you. We want to understand your point of view.

Find out what films and topics we've already covered on our website and send 100-300 word pitches (no drafts) to along with a sample of your writing.  



For pitches and enquiries:

As we are volunteer-run, we cannot currently offer payment to any contributors. This is something we hope to change as we grow.

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