Writers Resource

This is where the Contributors of Nightmare On Film Street can find answers to their burning questions in regards to content creation here on the website. If you aren’t yet a writer, why not apply?

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

The contributors of Nightmare on Film Street create articles and content on the website for our community of Horror fans.

  • The minimum time commitment required for this position is 10+ hours per month, divided weekly.
  • Contributors will be required to submit at least 1 News post per week (300+ words), amounting to a minimum contribution of 4 News Posts per month. News posts include trailers, release information, poster art, distribution news, box office numbers, etc.
  • Contributors will be required to submit at least 1 Editorial post per month (1000+/- words).  Editorial posts include reviews, list-style posts, retrospectives, creepypasta stories, compilations, etc.
  • Contributors must join and actively participate in the Horror Writers of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook Group to pick up assignments, pitch ideas, brainstorm fun/freaky articles, and prevent overlap of content.

FAQ

What are the types of posts I can write?

NEWS POST (Minimum 1 Per Week, between 300-700 words)

Timely mainstream/notable horror content only

  • Trailers/Teasers
  • New Posters/Artwork
  • Film Festival News
  • Movie Stills
  • Release News
  • Noteworthy Horror News
  • Spotlighting a Noteworthy Horror Short
  • Spotlighting Noteworthy Fan-Made Content

Posts must be longer than 300 words. News posts need to fit the content of the site, and be fresh – pick one up from our daily ‘Up For Grabs’ posts in our Facebook Group.

EDITORIAL POST (Minimum 1 Per Month, around 1000 words)

Timely mainstream/notable horror content only

  • Top ’10’ lists
  • Revisiting Vintage Horror
  • Second Opinions
  • Reviews
  • Interviews/Profiles of Noteworthy Horror Creators
  • Weird Web/Creepypasta Stories
  • Opinion Pieces

Editorials must be pitched (or picked up via the monthly editorial thread) in our Facebook Group

What am I allowed/not allowed to write about?
  • Only mainstream and noteworthy horror. Must be considered notable films with distribution. When we feature indie talent/kickstarters/fan-made content/short films – they need to have VIRAL potential, and be something really unique and amazing. We do veer into video games/fiction/paranormal on occasion, but our primary focus is Film and Television.
  • No self-promotion, friend/family promotion. Unless you are BFF’s with John Carpenter, we won’t accept posts of you interviewing friends/family or plugging your own projects within articles. Please use your author bio for all plugs.
  • Keep it professional. Please retain journalistic integrity in all of your content. Avoid biases, taking major stances on hot issues, and refrain from posting or promoting any content that incites violence, hatred, or bigotry. If a post veers too far into the category of ‘Controversial‘ – don’t post it. We aim for a ‘magazine’ tone in all of our articles. Yes, we want your personalities to shine through – but please keep it formal.
  • Don’t Be a Negative Nancy. When posting editorial content, be a positive contribution to the site. Write about what you love. Excessively negative reviews and themed articles will not be posted. Yes – sometimes we have to talk about things that are, well.. terrible. Please try to be as professional as possible, and always try to find something, even in negative reviews, that you enjoyed or appreciated. Remember, a single film can take up to 3 years of a filmmaker’s life to complete. Even if it’s not executed well.. there’s likely a passion or love for the genre.
  • Always give credit. If posting short films or fan-made content, always credit the artist. Link back to their Youtube page, social media – whatever link you have. Cite sources when providing Box Office numbers, or if your news post is based on an ‘Exclusive’ from another news outlet.
  • Don’t Repeat. Use the search function before posting to ensure you are not submitting duplicate content. If you’re worried someone else is working on something similar, head to the Writers Facebook Group and ask there!
  • Be Timely. Internet news has to be fresh, or it will be ignored. Within 3 hours is BEST, Within 12 hours is OK, Within a day is SCRAPING BY. Any longer and it’s no longer news.
How do I pick a post Format?

We only use two different post formats when writing articles. (Select one of them on the right-hand side before starting your post.)

STANDARD 

Perfect for the majority of content. Use the text editor to create your post.

Be sure to:

  • Add tags to your post
  • pick a category
  • create a compelling title
  • Credit your source
  • Check your formatting
  • Proof-read

VIDEO

For any content spotlighting a video; Trailers, Short Films, etc. Use the text editor to create the content of your post. Copy the URL of your video, and paste it in the ‘VIDEO URL’ slot in the top right corner.

Be sure to;

  • Add tags to your post
  • pick a category
  • create a compelling title
  • Credit your source
  • Check your formatting
  • Proof-read
How do I Tag my post?

Tagging your post is very important. It helps your article appear more often across our website with related posts, and helps Google to index your article quicker. Tags are added in the right sidebar.

  • The more tags, the better.
  • Separate each tag by a comma – like so; horror, horror new, horror article, nightmare on film street, horror trailer,
  • Use director’s names, film titles – any keywords within your article that someone may search.
  • Use keywords that a person would type in google and be happy to see your article. If you’re writing about “10 Haunted Houses in Tampa”, your tags could be; haunted florida, florida paranormal, haunted tampa, haunted houses tampa, tampa scary, tampa haunts
Which Category do I put my post under?

These are the following categories, and what types of posts go under each;

Freaky Fun
Weird Web , Creepypasta, Paranormal , Horror-Adjacent content, Halloween, etc.

Horror News
Recent News posts- trailers, new stills, release information, etc.

Nightmare News
This category is reserved for news about Nightmare on Film Street.

Podcast
This category is reserved for podcast release articles from Nightmare on Film Street.

Recommendations
Posts that revisit non-topical horror films. List posts and the majority of editorial content.

Reviews
Reviews and opinion pieces.

Trailers
Trailers. When posting trailers, you may also categorize under ‘Horror News’.

**NOTE: Please limit yourself to ONE CATEGORY, unless posting a recent trailer, as mentioned above. **

How do I format Images/Embed Media?

You do not need to upload images with your post, we will upload them for you in the ‘PENDING REVIEW’ stage. 

If you are creating an article where particular images are pertinent to the content of your article, please follow these image guidelines

Image requirements:

  • Images must be a minimum of  800px wide. Do not use grainy or poor resolution images.
  • Upload your images to the site, do not hot-link them from other websites.
  • After uploading your image, name it to something keyword friendly. If it’s an image of the killer from Scream, call it ‘GHOSTFACE KILLER FROM HORROR MOVIE SCREAM
  • Select ‘MEDIUM‘ when choosing the image size your your post. Your image should have a minimum width of 800px.
  • Please DELETE any photos you upload that you do not end up using.

Embedding media:

We will complete the coding to properly embed media in your post. Simply paste the URL of the content you would like to embed where you’d like it to appear in your article, whether it be Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Video, etc, and we will embed it for you in the ‘Pending Review’ stage.

 

The Lowdown on Post Statuses!

There are several different statuses for posts-in-progress before they reach the publish stage. Here’s a list of what they are and what they mean for you as a contributor!

ASSIGNED

A holding status for an editorial or major story that’s been assigned to a particular Contributor. Pre-Draft Stage.

DRAFTS/IN PROGRESS

Articles that are currently being worked on.

PENDING REVIEW

Articles that have been completed and are Pending review from an editor before being published. When you are ready to submit a completed article, mark it PENDING REVIEW.

NEEDS REVISION

Articles that have been submitted for review and need revisions before being published. Author will receive EDITORS COMMENTS on the post. Once the post is revised, it needs to go to PENDING REVIEW to be added back to the queue.

PUBLISHED

Woohoo! This article is live on the site!

Basic Formatting Tips!

To prevent your post from sitting in the PENDING REVIEW box, here are some formatting tips (Kim and Jon will sing your praises if you do these)!

  • Film/TV Titles: Bold + Italic
  • Book/Other Titles: Italic
  • Important Dates: Bold
    Characters Names: Italic
  • Actors/Directors/Etc: No Change
  • If using sub-headers, use HEADER 3 in the formatting drop-down (It typically says PARAGRAPH). This is especially helpful for LIST POSTS.
  • When putting captions under images, put them in ITALICS.
  • When using longer quotes: give the quote its own paragraph, highlight the entire quote, then hit the QUOTATIONS BUTTON. Looks like < this guy.
  • Before submitting, don’t forget to PICK A CATEGORY, ADD PLENTY OF TAGS, SET A FEATURED IMAGE, AND CREATE A COMPELLING TITLE.
  • If your post is hasn’t been published after 24 hours, the post may have been updated as NEEDS REVISIONS. Check the post for EDITOR’S NOTES. Sometimes there are too many revisions for us to tackle without you, and we require you to do a second pass before re-submitting.
Readability and SEO

We added a new feature to the website that will improve our content, making it easier to read and rank higher in search engines. This step is integral for our new site to grow its audience and readership.

It’s a feature called SEO and READABILITY, and you’ll see it next time you hop on the site to write a post. It works with a red light/yellow light/green light system, and will update LIVE as you write and tell you any issues with the content of your post!

It’s a super intuitive feature and will tip you off for various things, like;
+ using the same word too often
+ having too many long sentences
+ article length too short
+ Etc.

For tips on your article, simply scroll to the box underneath the post section (should be right near where we leave Editor’s Comments)

Please aim for and ‘OK’ rating or better on all posts, BEFORE submitting it as ‘Pending Review’. It’ll really help us all in the long run; by both improving our writing, and creating a reputable news source out of our website!

How do I update my author card?

In the WordPress dashboard, you can edit your profile under USERS.

  • Create a short bio for yourself (Think Twitter-length, 140 characters or less)
  • Select your preferred name
  • Add any applicable social media usernames
  • Upload a professional(-ish) photo

You author card will begin appearing under your posts.

How do I know if my article will be Published?/ My Article Wasn't Approved!

Once you submit your article, please allow up to 24 hours for us to review and edit it. We will then update the post and either SCHEDULE/PUBLISH IT, or mark it as NEEDS REVISION and leave EDITORIAL COMMENTS for you in the post. You will then need to make updates and re-submit.

To avoid multiple revisions, be sure to proof-read and frequently Preview Your Post to ensure your formatting is correct.

Other reasons why your post may not be published;

  • Didn’t follow post guidelines. Posts must relate to Mainstream Horror, must refrain from extreme bias, not veer to closely into personal opinion (and when necessary must remain professional), posts cannot be excessively negative in tone, post cannot be self promotion.
  • Too similar to existing content. Always pitch your editorial ideas in the group – you’ll get feedback, and you’ll also learn if someone is already working on something similar. Use the search function on the site to ensure nothing has already been published of that nature.
  • Image Formatting Issues. Posts must contain well chosen images in landscape format (wider than they are long, wherever possible. Obviously not the case for Poster Art). Images must be high resolution, and a minimum of 800 pixels wide. Longer articles should contain several images to break up large chunks of text. More Formatting tips are located on this page, hooray!
  • Grammar/Format. Always proof-read your articles and check your post preview. It saves us boatloads of times when editing and approving posts if they are formatted correctly, and contain few errors. More Formatting tips are located on this page, hooray!
How do I maximise my and my articles exposure?
  • Write viral-worthy content. Be active on the Facebook group so you can grab the *biggest* news articles as they become available. For editorials, write concise, easy to read content. Follow our SEO guidelines, and create List style posts – readers love them!
  • Share on Social Media! When an article is published, it is automatically promoted on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Articles that are relevant and exceed our expectations also get plugged on our Instagram feed and in our Fan Facebook Groups. You can help grow your article’s reach by also sharing the articles on social media. This not only helps your audience see your posts, but also helps it to rank higher in Google, as you are increasing the backlinks. Utilize your Twitters, Facebook Pages, and Tumblrs. Also, join some Horror niche Facebook Groups and share your new articles there.
  • Write Consistently. We internally link articles within every post we publish. If you write often, and even better- often about the same subject – your articles will get linked more frequently! Think of it as almost a web of content stretching out from the initial article. The more consistently you contribute, the more your articles will appear in that web!
  • Share your status! Tell your audience in your bio that you write for us! Most of our team uses “Contributor at Nightmare on Film Street“. If you click your name on either the Team Page or in your Author Bios – it will also take you to your article page, where all of the articles that only YOU have written are organized. You can set this link as your homepage, add it to your social media bios, you name it! Anyone that clicks on that link will only see the latest news you’ve contributed.
I cannot meet my minimum post requirements/I need time away

Please notify us via email prior to any extended leaves of absence. We are happy to accommodate our regular contributors.

We do hold our writers to a 5-post per month minimum to keep the content fresh, and our team small, engaged, and active. If you need to frontload your schedule (for instance – 4 posts one week, 1 another) you are welcome to do so. Providing you are still contributing to Nightmare on Film Street regularly and with consistency – we are happy and grateful to have you on board.

That said, Contributors who allow their accounts to go inactive for an extended period of time without prior notification will be automatically de-activated. For security purposes, access to the group and post dashboard will be revoked. If your status has been de-activated, you may re-apply for Contributor status.

I have more questions!

Don’t fret! We created our Writers Facebook Group just for situations like this! Ask your question there and our community of other writers will be sure to help!