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Membership Applications

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 four applicants is elected, based on quality of writing.

To apply please send to copies of or links to five pieces of film criticism – reviews of current movies (or think-pieces/essays) written during the last twelve months for the venue for which you are a regular critic.  You should also provide 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. 

The exact application period hasn’t been set for 2022 but will probably start on June 1st with a five-week window within which to apply.  Your application will go the Membership Committee, and they will have a month or so to decide whether it qualifies.  If so, they will forward your application to all the members, who will have another month to read them and vote.

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.

After the application deadline, we will let you know within a month or so whether you were nominated. Approved applications will then be forwarded to all members, who will have three or four weeks to read applications and vote.

Please note that critics cannot apply in two successive years.

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