Certified Forgotten Magazine is Currently Accepting Pitches / How to Apply (Pay: $75)

Certified Forgotten currently calls for horror film journalists and writers generally interested in writing about underseen horror films. 

Certified Forgotten is a digital publication focusing solely on the movies that have fallen through the cracks. Those festival standout movies– and direct-to-video cult classics – deserving of a second look. They publish on their website and have a special podcast dedicated to forgotten horror films. 

Certified Forgotten was founded in 2019 by Matt Donato and Matthew Monagle. They are concerned about the relationship between horror and RottenTomatoes. “With hundreds of horror films released each year? What happens to the movies that fail to earn attention from the ‘accredited’ RottenTomatoes sites? And what does it say about the industry that some mainstream horror sites have historically been left on the outside looking in?”

With these questions in mind, you must write a good pitch to be featured on their website and write eloquently.

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How to Pitch to Certified Forgotten

  • One of their biggest goals at Certified Forgotten: The Website is to unearth some of the most overlooked films from the DVD generation and beyond. With that in mind, they strongly encourage you to focus on horror films – international and domestic – especially from the ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s that fit their under-discovered niche.
  • They also want their writers to be encouraged to take deep dives into individual films. Don’t feel like you need to tie a film into its contemporary counterpart to get their interest – if you are ready to go long on a single film, then you should definitely go long on a single film.
  •  Most editorials run between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length, but you can write shorter or longer pieces.
  • Their editorial calendar allows for six (6) articles per month.
  • When pitching, please include samples of your work. This makes it easier for them to understand the kind of writing they can expect from you. And don’t worry if horror is not a big part of your portfolio – that’s what they are specifically here for.
  • Make sure you articulate a clear perspective in your pitch. For example, they love that you love Ojuju and want to write about it, but do not forget the “why” and the “how.” What do you want to say, and why is it a great fit for Certified Forgotten?
  • They are only accepting editorial pitches for Certified Forgotten at this time. 
  • They meet once a week to review pitches, pitch to them directly at [email protected] and they will get back to you as soon as they can.


Payment Rate

Their current rate is $75.00 per editorial.

Visit their website to get familiar with their publications and the best writing process to pitch to them. Goodluck.  

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