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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Spellbinder Magazine seeks short plays for Summer 2024 issue


Deadline: May 1, 2024


Once you have read the guidelines below, you can submit your work through our submission form. We pay a £3 honorarium to each accepted contributor after print publication.

An Affirmation of Welcome to All Writers and Artists

We affirm our desire to welcome writers and artists of all countries, backgrounds, traditions and religions to our pages, and our willingness to fairly consider their work.

As creatives, we believe that our ability to confront complex issues with curiosity, nuance, and care binds us together. We are unequivocal in our support of the fact that bigotry against any group – be it Islamophobia or antisemitism – harms our literary and artistic community as a whole. Likewise, we do not condone discrimination and/or bigotry of any kind, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia.

Compulsory Submission Guidelines:

Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

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 poet or artist.

We do not consider previously published or self-published submissions. This includes work that is and/or has been on sale and/or displayed on websites, social media channels, and personal blogs. The one exception to this is if you have previously been published by a magazine which has now ceased to exist. Importantly, there must be no website for this publication still available.

We do consider simultaneous submissions. However, you must inform us immediately if your work gets published anywhere else so that we can withdraw your submission.

We do not accept work containing offensive language (anything containing racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory language), graphic erotic detail, and/or radical religious or political commentary.

We do not accept work which is AI-generated or AI-assisted.

Written Work Guidelines:


Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

Works must be written primarily in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Before submitting, please confirm with the original rights holder that the translation rights are available for purchase. We will ask for a letter than asserts the above if the translation is accepted.

Submit all written work as a singular .doc/.docx/.odf attachment. Do not send your work as a .pdf.

Please name your file names as the title of your work, regardless of the file extension.


We really appreciate it if you adhere to the following instructions, but it is not essential for you to do so.

All works should be typed in 12 point font and single-spacing.

Centre your title and number the pages of your document.

Compulsory Category Guidelines:

Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

Your work should not exceed more than 10% of the maximum total word/ line/ page count, as detailed below.

Stage plays: Maximum of 5 A4 pages.
  • 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. 
  • Our print magazine is published in A5. Please consider this if you have a specific intention regarding the formatting of your work.
  • Please wait for our response regarding your submission before submitting another one. We read all submissions once our submission window closes, and we aim to respond within a month after that.
  • 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.

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