Happy World Poetry Day 2023!

Happy World Poetry Day 2023!

We have had a large volume of submissions for our Midsummer Madness 2023 anthology, due for publication on 21st June. Thanks to everyone who has sent work so far.

Submissions are still open until 30th April – after that date, any work received will be considered for Winter Wonderland 2023, scheduled for release on 21st December.

Cover reveal for our next anthology will be coming soon…


Bindweed Editor’s novel wins two Chill with a Book Awards

Congratulations to Bindweed Editor Leilanie Stewart for her recent novel award wins. Leilanie’s third book, The Blue Man, won a Chill with a Book Premier Reader’s Award, followed by joint Book of the Month in February 2023.

The Blue Man is a psychological literary fiction ghost story and is standalone Book 1 of 3 in Stewart’s Belfast Ghosts Series. Book 2: The Fairy Lights is also published and Book 3 is forthcoming later in 2023.

The Blue Man is available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, Foyles and other online retailers. Links are at Leilanie Stewart’s author website.


Book Shout: poetry collection by Bindweed contributor, Julie Sampson

Congratulations to Bindweed contributor, Julie Sampson, on her latest poetry collection, Fivestones, from Lapwing:

Julie has contributed poetry to Bindweed and was published in Issue 11: Bindweed Online 2021 and in Winter Wonderland 2022.

We wish you all the best with your new book, Julie!

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Bindweed’s Winter Wonderland 2022 included in The Journal’s ‘Round Up’

Bindweed’s recently published Winter Wonderland 2022 anthology has received a write-up in The Journal, edited and published by Sam Smith.

Three of Sam’s poems appear in Winter Wonderland 2022 and he kindly shared his thoughts on the anthology in the ‘Round Up’ section on page 35 towards the back of The Journal. Jeanne Julian, Helga Kidder, Kathy Craig and Pui Ying’s poetry particularly stood out for a mention, as did the short stories.

Like Bindweed, The Journal is open for submissions all year round, so you can check out the submissions guidelines via the links included.

Thanks to Sam and The Journal for giving Winter Wonderland 2022 a review and for a copy of the publication, which we look forward to reading in more depth over a coffee!


Submission call for Midsummer Madness 2023

Calling all writers and poets! We are currently reading submissions for Midsummer Madness 2023. There is no theme, so if you have any quality poems, short stories or anything in between, send your work along to us at

You can read our full submission guidelines at

We respond to all submissions within 4 weeks with a current rate of 57% acceptances and 43% rejections, for those curious folks.