Call for Pitches: GIRLS GOTTA EAT Zine

Bechdel Test Fest is launching our first zine and we want you to contribute! The theme and title of the zine is GIRLS GOTTA EAT and it will be edited by Bechdel Test Fest’s Simran Hans.


We’re looking for features that link film with food: hunger, thirst, appetite and cravings; food as punishment and food as play; sustenance; comfort food; feast and famine; force-feeding. We’re interested in essays that tackle these themes, foodie fanfiction, recipes paired with or inspired by films and any other tasty ideas you might have. We’re particularly hungry for pitches flavoured with a feminist perspective, being Bechdel Test Fest and all.

Think Meg Ryan’s pedantic ordering style When Harry Met Sally; Bruce Bogtrotter’s chocolate cake victory in Matilda; the schwarma that bonds The Avengers; Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson eating spaghetti carbonara in bed in Heartburn; Bridget Jones’ blue soup. We’re curious about the erotic potential of a raw egg; about the relationship between masculinity and the fro-yo truck in Magic Mike XXL; about the bakeries in It’s Complicated and Bridesmaids and Stranger than Fiction and The Muse and The Perfect Man and what they say about the romantic comedy genre.

We want to use this zine to highlight women who write about film and challenge the myth that there is a ‘dearth’ of female film critics. Contributors needn’t be based in London or even the UK, though we are looking for submissions from emerging and established writers, artists and photographers who identify as female. Please also note that we are not looking for film reviews.

Writers: please send pitches and relevant examples of past written work to by March 10.
Artists and photographers: please send relevant examples of your work to by March 10.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Jeanne Dielmann

Films to whet your appetite:

9 ½ Weeks (1986), Babette’s Feast (1987), Big Night (1996), Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013), Bridesmaids (2011), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Chocolat (2000), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Godfather (1972), Goodfellas (1990), La Grande Bouffe (1973), Gummo (1997), Heartburn (1986), I Am Love (2009), Julie and Julia (2009), The Lunchbox (2013), Like Water for Chocolate (1992), Mildred Pierce (1945), My Dinner with Andre (1981), Mystic Pizza (1988), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Pulp Fiction (1994), Silence of the Lambs (1991), Soul Food (1997), Spirited Away (2001), Tampopo (1985), Waitress (2007)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit existing work?
We kindly ask you not to submit completed features or work that has been published elsewhere. We’re interested in commissioning and developing original stories and artwork together in a collaborative way.

Is there a word count I should write to?
Nope! But it’s helpful if you give us an idea of the length you’re aiming for. As far as guidelines go: no less than 500 words, no more than 2000 words.

I haven’t heard back from you. Should I follow up?
Don’t panic! Chances are we’re wading through your wonderful submissions. We will respond to every pitch by March 31 so please hold off on following up until then.

When can I read the zine? Will it be online?
GIRLS GOTTA EAT is a printed zine and will be available for purchase on our website, and at our Nora Ephron Weekender in May! Sign up to our mailing list in the area below to get first dibs!

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