History

Spellbinder is a quarterly literary and art magazine based in Durham which celebrates artists, dramatists and poets, as well as fiction and nonfiction writers from all backgrounds around the world.

Spellbinder was founded in 2020 by students who originally met at the Durham University Creative Writing Society. They promote the works of those who are at the beginning of their literary careers, especially those who test the boundaries of media, form and convention. They also welcome submissions from writers and artists who have been published before. The magazine was established with the intention of capturing experimentalism, originality and innovation as it arises in the artistic and literary worlds. 

The editorial team have particularly enjoyed receiving submissions with interesting and unusual themes, and insightful and original ideas. Pieces which are in dialogue with and engage with literary and art history and traditions are very welcome. The editors are especially keen to read work with a magical touch or a slightly surreal bent, although this is not a requirement for submission.

The Spellbinder annual competition celebrates the achievements of contributors by giving an award to the most successful submission within each genre category. 

Spellbinder publishes regularly online through their blog and social media pages:

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