Submission Guidelines

Failure to adhere to the submission guidelines may invalidate your submission.

General Submission Guidelines:

  • Please name your file names as the title of your work, regardless of the file extension.
  • One submission is permitted per quarterly. This means that you may only enter your work into one category. Your submission will be considered for the upcoming issue only.
  • Within each category, you may only submit one piece of work, unless you are submitting poetry or artwork. Please note that we are unlikely to accept more than one work per writer or artist.
  • Our print magazine is published in A5. Please consider this if you have a specific intention regarding the formatting of your work.
  • We do not consider previously published or self-published submissions. We do not consider work that is on sale. If your work is displayed on your website or social media channel at the time of submission, we may ask you to take it down ahead of the release of our paperback issue.
  • We ask for first-time publication rights, but all rights revert back to the author after publication. We kindly ask that if your piece is published elsewhere in the future, that you please credit Spellbinder with its initial publication.
  • We do consider simultaneous submissions. However, you must inform us if your work gets published anywhere else so that we can withdraw your submission.
  • Please wait for our response regarding your submission before submitting another one.
  • If your work is accepted, we may make editorial changes. We will inform you of any changes that are made so that you can approve these prior to publication.
  • If your work is accepted, please note that we are unlikely to accept more than one work per writer or artist within one calendar year.
  • If your work is rejected, please wait for two submission cycles before submitting again. 
  • We are not looking for gratuitous or offensive language or erotic detail.
  • We are not looking for radical or overly didactic religious or political commentary.

Written Work Guidelines:

  • Works must be written primarily in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text.
  • All works should be typed in 12 point font and single-spacing.
  • Include your name, email address and national identity on the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • Include your word count to the nearest hundred words on the upper right-hand corner of the first page.
  • Centre your title and number the pages of your document.
  • Submit all written work as a singular .doc/.docx/.odf attachment. Do not send your work as a .pdf.

Category Guidelines:

  • Poetry:
    • Maximum of 40 lines.
    • We welcome free and formal verse and anything in between.
    • Maximum of 3 works, all submitted in the same document.
  • Fiction:
    • Short Stories
      • Maximum of 3000 words.
    • Flash Fiction
      • Maximum of 1000 words.
  • Non Fiction:
    • Creative Non Fiction
      • Maximum of 3000 words.
      • Flash Creative Non Fiction under 1000 words is welcome.
  • Drama:
    • Stage plays
      • Maximum of 5 pages of A4 content.
      • Monologues are welcome.
    • Screen plays
      • Maximum of 5 pages of A4 content.
      • Formatting should be as close to Final Draft as possible.
  • Artworks:
    • We accept art and photography.
    • Our form does not support file sizes larger than 10MB. Feel free to use our contact form to let us know in case you are interested in submitting larger works.
    • Submit all art work in PNG, JPEG or JPG format. For your artwork/photo to be considered for the cover art please submit in A4 format or aspect ratio 1:√2.
    • Maximum of 3 works, each submitted individually.

FAQ:

  • What kind of submissions are you looking for?

We have set submission guidelines to ensure a certain uniformity in the works we receive, but we are pretty open to all genres, styles and themes. We do not set themes because we want our submitters to express themselves in whatever way they deem necessary. We particularly enjoy magical realism, experimentalism, and surrealism but these are not required. We also love to read and see works from all over the world aswe strongly value the opportunity to provide a platform for writers and artists from all backgrounds and cultures.

  • Do you have any requirements regarding who is allowed to submit?

None at all! We welcome submitters of all ages, expertise, and backgrounds. We welcome both emerging and established creatives. We do not ask for a bio until after making a decision on your piece so that we can be as objective as possible. 

  • Should I submit my work to you?

If you are still doubting whether Spellbinder is a good match for your work, we would really enjoy reading and seeing your work either way. So yes, send it!

  • What happens if my piece is accepted somewhere else?

If this happens (yay!), but do please let us know at your earliest convenience. If you wish, you can submit us another piece instead and we will be happy to consider it. If it is within the submission window, it will be considered for the upcoming issue but, if the submissions have already been closed, it will be considered for the next issue after that.

  • How many people submit to Spellbinder? 

The number of submitters is the most well-kept secret of any literary journal. Each of your submissions is read by one primary and one secondary editor to ensure fair and objective reviewing. To pull that off, we need many editors and readers – have a look at our staff page for more details. 

  • How long do I need to wait for a response?

We make decisions on pieces after our submissions have closed. You should hear from us within a month of our submissions closing date. If you have submitted while our submissions were closed, please wait until the next submissions window closes because we will consider your piece then.

  • Are you a paying market?

We are a non-profit organisation and we do not have the funds to pay honorariums per acceptance at this time. We aim to become a paying market as soon as we have the funds.

  • Will I receive a complimentary contributor copy?

Same as above, we currently are not able to provide contributor copies but we hope to be able to offer a discount to our contributors once we have the funds.

  • Can I win prizes?

Once you are accepted, you are automatically entered in our yearly category-specific competition. We announce winners in October every year and you can win a Spellbinder Annual Award. Pretty neat, right? Also, with your permission, we plan to submit the works that win a Spellbinder Annual Award to more famous awards such as The Pushcart Prizes and The Best American Series among others.