Spellbinder is a nonprofit quarterly literary and art magazine which celebrates artists, dramatists and poets, as well as fiction and nonfiction writers. Inclusivity and diversity are at the core of Spellbinder’s ethos. They strongly value being able to provide a platform for an international range of voices from many different backgrounds and cultural experiences.
Spellbinder was founded in 2020 by students who were originally based in Durham, England and met at the Durham University Creative Writing Society. The team has now grown to proudly include editors from a range of different countries and universities.
The editorial team is particularly keen to promote the works of those who are at the beginning of their literary careers. However, they also welcome submissions from writers and artists who have been published before and feature widely-known creatives in each issue as well.
The magazine was established with the intention of capturing experimentalism, originality and innovation as it arises in the artistic and literary worlds. Spellbinder is looking for work which tests the boundaries of media, form and convention whilst also entering into a dialogue with and engaging with textual and visual artistic history and traditions. The editorial team have particularly enjoyed receiving submissions with interesting and unusual themes, as well as insightful and original ideas. 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 anniversary party celebrates the achievements of contributors by giving an award to the most successful submission within each genre category. Spellbinder hosts a number of other events throughout the year including Spoken Word Showcases and Writer’s Workshops, often in collaboration with other magazines and different creative groups.
Spellbinder produces online content through its blog, Spellnotes, available on Medium, and its podcast, Spellchats, available on Spotify. Spellbinder also publishes regularly on its social media pages: