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Guidelines for Student Submissions

Guidelines on preparing and submitting an essay or film review for Aspect 

  • These guidelines are intended to help you, and us, through the submission process; the better prepared the article, the more likely it will be published!
  • Please make sure that you are consistently using MLA Style throughout the piece. Each piece should be compatible with Aspect’s house style. You can find Aspect’s complete style guide here.
  • The critical essays section is restricted to students either majoring in the Film Studies concentration in the Department of English and Comparative Literature or participating in the department’s Global Cinema Minor. This section of Aspect is intended to display scholarly criticism created in collaboration with department faculty. For more information on the Film Studies major and the Global Cinema minor, click here. 
  • Other sections of Aspect are open to all students at UNC regardless of major or minor. If you wish to contribute film reviews, editorials, and other screen media commentary to Aspect, send your submissions to Be sure to follow any necessary formatting guidelines listed above. Our editorial board will review your submission and inform you of our decision shortly. 
  • When emailing submissions to Aspect, please include your first and last name, as well as the type of submission, in the subject line (ex: (“Josh Martin Top Ten List”). 
  • There is no rigid word count. Article word count will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 
  • Format the article in 12-pt Times New Roman, and single-spaced with 1-inch margins. Left justify your article and do not indent each paragraph. 
  • Each article submission should include a brief article abstract and a title page containing the article title, author’s name, contact details and any other identifying information.
  • Please allow between 1-2 weeks for the managing editors to review your submission. We will contact you after the review process about our decision and next steps. 

A Note on the Editing Process

Aspect reserves the right to edit your texts for clarity, grammar, spelling, syntax, and formatting. For editorial changes like these, we will not submit a revised text for your approval before publication. However, we will make no changes that significantly alter your arguments, criticisms, or ideas without your permission.

We are thrilled you are interested in contributing to Aspect! We look forward to reading your work.