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Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the National Society of Film Critics.  Please be aware that the Society is not an umbrella organization for all qualified full-time critics; on average, only about one in five applicants is elected, based on quality of writing.

We are in the process of changing our date for voting on new members.    When we have a date—probably sometime next summer–I’ll post it here on our website.

At that point, I’ll specify a span of time during which you should email me five pieces of film criticism – reviews of current movies (or think-pieces/essays) written during the previous year for the venue for which you are a regular critic.  You should also include a cover letter describing your venue, its circulation, how long you have been writing for it as a regular critic, and anything else you think might interest the group.  Send to

As “National” in our name implies, the venue for which you are applying must be a U.S. publication/site.  If what you send is in a language other than English, kindly provide translations for the pieces you send.

I will let you know within a few weeks whether you were nominated.  If so, I will send you a list of the current 60 or so members with their e-mail addresses and ask you to send them each a file with those five pieces plus the cover page. You will have about two weeks to get those out, and then our group will have about three weeks to read them and vote. 

Critics cannot apply in two successive years.

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