Submissions… rejections… acceptances! Here’s a little poem I wrote for all those writers out there who are seeking publishing the traditional way (print rather than e-books). With so many publishing houses folding these days, owing to their Arts Council funding being withdrawn, it’s good to stay positive and keep going. I got a step closer with my first book proposal response the other day, when the editor of Smokestack Books described my work as ‘an interesting idea entertainingly executed’, but went on to say that he couldn’t take on any new clients because of cuts to funding. It’s so sad to hear about cuts, cuts, cuts :(. But a writer keeps writing. Maybe we’ll ride out this tsunami and enjoy the calm sea afterwards!

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About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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